Flanders Poppies Finished.

Flanders Poppies

Flanders Poppies

With a final push on over the weekend I completed the Flanders Poppies Blanket.

It turned out so much better than I even envisaged and using only three simple colours, Stylecraft Special DK yarn in Lipstick, Green and Black.

The inspiration for this blanket came from a picture I came across,

Original inspiration

Original inspiration

When I see pictures like this I’m always reminded of the poem In Flanders Fields by John Mc Crae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Gathering all this inspiration together I started picked the colours and started the blanket squares,

Flanders Poppies Squares

Flanders Poppies Squares

For the green I opted to join as I went, my first time using this method and it was good and the blanket really came together quickly at this point.

Flanders Poppies, joining as I go

Flanders Poppies, joining as I go

When they were all joined I had the decision of what kind of border to use. I felt it needed something but nothing too heavy.

All joined waiting for a border

All joined waiting for a border

In the end I opted for a green stitch similar to what was used in the red section and I gave a scalloped edge to this in red. I like this simple edge, something not too fussy to detract from the effect of the poppies.

The edging

The edging

It turned out a lovely size, big enough to snuggle under while watching movies and to throw over the end of a bed.

Waiting for snuggles

Waiting for snuggles

Fitting over the end.

Fitting over the end.

I really like how it finished out and this will now become a Christmas gift for Evelyn.

Flanders Poppies.

Flanders Poppies.

Ruth. x

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13 Responses to Flanders Poppies Finished.

  1. Kim sabel says:

    It’s lovely Ruth, well done on getting a Christmas gift completed so early in the year, I hope i can do as well with my gift blankets. I love the ‘join as you go’ method too, saves all that sewing together at the end.

  2. lottloft says:

    It is lovely! And such wonderful inspiration for the project. =)

  3. dottyrobins says:

    this is so inspired…. I love the back story behind the project .. well done Ruth x

  4. Silverlotus says:

    It looks so wonderful!

    That poem is very popular here in Canada on Remembrance Day because John McCrea was a Canadian.

  5. Kepanie says:

    I like the front border as it’s like poppy flowers fluttering in the breeze. I love the whole story of what inspired you and the process.

  6. Jessica says:

    What a beautiful blanket. I first learned about the Flanders poppies when I was studying abroad in England. It’s always stayed as a strong visual in my mind and you’ve captured it beautifully.

  7. soknitsome says:

    Simple but stylish and very lovely!

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