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Fields of Poppies

Over the last few months there have been lots of programmes on television covering the dreadful events and history of World War 1 which began one hundred years ago. It was the war changed the world we live in. I am reminded of the poem that John McRae wrote:

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row.”

Here in England and in other countries at this time of year, we wear poppies  to show we have not forgotten those who gave their lives in World War 1 and in all other wars.  Poppy seeds remain in the ground dormant for many years until they are disturbed and this happened on the battle fields of France and Belgium.

Find out more about the story of the Remembrance Poppy


Several years ago while on holiday in France I visited some of the war graves with my family. The impact of seeing all those lines of white crosses can never be forgotten. When I created this special collection of poppies I added the simple white scallops and crosses along with ears of wheat. I had created two sets of these designs for 4″ by 4″ and 5″ by 7″ hoops. Now seems a very poignant time to finish the collection off with a final set for larger hoops.

This new set of designs will be released next week along with some applique poppies to add to your embroidery or to make your own poppy to wear with pride. You can preview and pre order them now if you join my Embroidery group.

Graceful Embroidery will be making a donation to the British Legion later this year as a result of sales from this collection of designs.

See existing designs of Fields of Poppies at Graceful Embroidery.

“-we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.”

2 thoughts on “Fields of Poppies

  1. I just wanted to let you know that the Veterans of Foreign Wars raise money by selling paper poppies. I never knew of this connection before. And, I was in France 3 years ago, and yes, that was quite a sight.

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