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Poppies of Goulbourn

Poppies on the museum

Many of us probably find ourselves spending much more time at home than usual, due to COVID-19. In 2018, the Goulbourn Museum launched the inaugural Poppies of Goulbourn exhibition, which saw local volunteers and Museum staff drape a portion of the Museum in handmade poppies in honour of Remembrance Day. This installation was extremely well-received and laid the groundwork for a larger goal: to cover the entire roof with poppies.

We are asking for your help to achieve this goal! If you knit or crochet, and are looking for activities to fill your time, please consider making poppies for the Museum to include in the installation. It is our hope to involve our whole community in this ambitious project. While the Museum is currently following Canadian public health recommendations by closing our facility, we encourage anyone who is interested in participating to contact us by email. We would love to get people of all ages making poppies, from retirees to Girl Guides.

“This art installation is a visual reminder of the military contributions made over the years by the men and women of Goulbourn and celebrates our history as Ottawa’s first military community,” says Tracey Donaldson, Manager and Exhibitions Curator. Please join us, from the comfort of your home, in honouring those who have served.

Guidelines for making poppies:

  • Poppies must be either 3 inches square or 5 inches square(approximately) and will be sewn into our 1¾ inch netting – one 3 inch poppy will cover one square and one 5 inch poppy will cover an area of four squares on the net.
  • Poppy colours should follow the current Canadian Legion poppy campaign colours (see examples of inspiration photographs attached with this project) and should be a vibrant red with a charcoal black centre.
  • All yarn used for this project will need to be synthetic because of the outdoor elements.
  • For more detailed instructions, consult these knitting patterns and crochet patterns.
  • Due to COVID-19, please do not drop off poppies at the Museum until further notice.The Museum will update participants in August regarding when and how to deliver the poppies. In the meantime, please keep completed poppies at home in a safe and dry area.




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