PROJECT 1914 - 2014 MEMORIAL WREATH
Recently it was suggested by Bead Work Guild member Janet Weeks that perhaps 'Pam's Poppy' could be used to make a wreath to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the start of the 1st World War, which will be marked by special remembrance services all over the UK. Pam has taken the idea forward and a 1914-2014 Memorial Wreath will be made from approximately 441 Pam's Poppy Brooches made from the Pam’s Poppy pattern. Why 441 beaded poppies? There will be one made for every member of the British Military personnel lost in the current Afghanistan conflict since 2001, thus linking the past with the present, this includes members of the Army, RAF, Royal Marines and Special Forces.
The wreath will take approximately 10,000 hours to make plus another XX hours to assemble the wreath; it will consist of approximately 1.25 million glass beads. Each brooch consists of 2500 individual beads.
Pam is delighted to take this project forward and to coordinate the making of brooches by volunteer members of the UK Bead Workers Guild, The British Bead Society of Great Britain and other Bead Group members throughout the UK who will be recruited to make the brooches, they will be provided with the required beads, they will give their time to make up a brooch, which will be returned to Pam for assembly into the large wreath.
There will be an accompanying project book, detailing the project with the name of every individual who makes a Poppy Brooch as well as all the sponsors. The project has the backing of The Royal British Legion, the UK Bead Workers Guild, The Bead Society of Great Britain as well as several supporting Bead retail establishments. The costs associated with the project will be found from commercial sponsorship, Pam is in the process of seeking out sponsorship for all aspects of the project to ensure as much money as possible can be raised for the RBL.
The Wreath will be exhibited for a 3-6 months period of time thereafter it will be broken down, a smaller wreath will be made for permanent display (if required) along with the project book with the remaining brooches sold/auctioned with all profit going to the Royal British Legion it is expected this will raise a minimum of £15,000.