Saturday, 8 November 2014


This Sunday is Remembrance.  I normally always purchase one of the paper poppies that are sold by the Royal British Legion whose work supports service men, women, veterans, and their families.

I bought one this year too and made a donation.  But I took it apart and kept just the centre to use in my special tatted poppy I will be wearing this year.

You may remember I started it this summer and had most of the elements completed.  Tonight I tatted the last leaf and put it together.

This beautiful poppy design is the work of Jennifer Williams and can be found here.

Jennifer's pattern is very comprehensive and explains how to make all the different parts and how to assemble it.  I didn't quite follow all of it (mostly the assembly bit) as I decided to use the centre from the paper poppy since I didn't have the right size black button or any floristry wire.  I also didn't make the stamens in the end as I was happy with the look of the centre with the black "button" and beads all around.

Here's just the centre with beads
I will very probably re-do the centre properly at a later stage
but for now, the plastic centre got me out of a fix!

Jennifer also used floristry wire on the leaves
but, again as I didn't have any, I sewed my leaves to the back of the poppy.

See how the pattern even includes a calyx
although you don't see it from the front.

I used my 1SSCMR technique to make the pointy tip on the leaves
instead of a picot as in the pattern.

The picots on the edge of the petals face both ways alternately
to achieve the "frilly" appearance.

I think this is a gorgeous poppy pattern and one I highly recommend.  My thanks to Jennifer Williams for creating and sharing it with us.

"Lest We Forget…"

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

The poppy display at the Tower of London.
We went to see it.
It was amazing.
It was moving.

Best wishes,


  1. Stunning! I've had her beautiful pattern in my "to do" stack for months and will get it tatted! What size thread did you use?

    Thanks for sharing, Sandy

  2. Stunning poppy, I found i had this pattern so I must have a go at it. I like the way you used the paper poppy stalk. Well done.

  3. I think it looks fabulous :) Bridget

  4. Your poppy is so lovely! I really like it with the center from the paper poppy, I wonder if ours are the same. The display by the Tower is absolutely riveting and terribly beautiful, thank you for the picture.

  5. Bardzo piękny jest ten kwiat maku. Dziękuję za link do wzoru.

  6. Quelle finesse, c'est magnifique ! / How elegantly, it's magnificent!

  7. Beautiful Remembrance Day poppy!

  8. What a beautiful way to commemorate Remembrance Day. Gorgeous pattern.

  9. Wow I have never seen this display before thank you for posting. And I can see how you were inspired to make the poppy!

  10. Your poppy is beautiful frivole!! The poppy display must have been gripping!
    What does the 'lest' in lest we forget mean?

    1. "for fear that; so that (one) should not; so as to prevent any possibility that" - a lot of meaning in a little word!

      This saying if often associated with Remembrance and means that we should never forget...

  11. The scene at the Tower is absolutely inspiring. And I appreciated you showing how you made your Remembrance Day poppy. We have those here too. (USA)

  12. Hi everyone, is there a pattern for this poppy?

    1. Hi Cyndi, it looks like the link was broken but I fixed it. If you look in the 4th paragraph, it says "the pattern can be found here". Clicking on here will take you to Jennifer's tatting website and you can see the poppy on the main page. A really lovely pattern.


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