GCU student crocheted 2035 poppies to create 10m long display

Thu, 05 Nov 2020 19:19:00 GMT
Asra with cascade (left). Williamwood High pupils standing with poppy display at school (right).
Asra with cascade (left). Williamwood High pupils standing with poppy display at school (right).

A GCU student has spent six months creating a giant poppy cascade which will be used to raise funds for Poppy Scotland.

Fourth year Orthoptics student Asra Ahmed was inspired by poppy displays that she’d seen for the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I – taking on the challenge of creating a ten-metre-long poppy cascade to donate to her former school.

Asra discovered her passion for arts and crafts at a young age and has since been working on charity projects whilst completing her degree at GCU.

She said; “I started weaving and sewing little bits and bobs when I was at primary school.

As a teenager, I learned many other skills including knitting, crocheting, henna art and candle decorating.

While at school, I was involved with some of the fundraising activities.

I handmade items for some of the school events, this also involved crocheting poppies for the school’s fundraising for Poppy Scotland.”

Asra’s combined love for crafts and fundraising led her to produce this impressive piece which she will donate to her former school to help them raise funds for Poppy Scotland.

She explained; “The Poppy Cascade is made with a ten metre garden netting and has 2035 crocheted poppies attached.

The cascade has been one of my biggest projects; I had no previous experience of making something this big and was not aware of how much time or materials would be required.

The project took around six months - I have really enjoyed seeing the progress and seeing it grow.”

Asra explained some of the challenges she faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic whilst carrying out this ambitious project.

She said; “One of the challenges was working on the project during the lockdown which saw a shortage of craft supplies.

This resulted in gaps in my progress up until June, as I was unable to stock up on materials.

I also underestimated how much materials would be required.

Initially, I predicted that there would be approximately 1500 poppies required to fill the netting.

It came as a surprise that the 1000 poppies only covered half the netting - so I realised I would require at least 2000 poppies to complete the project.”

Asra was able to complete the project before the start of term and has recently been contacted by Poppy Scotland’s PR team who are keen to produce some media around her work.

Track the cascade’s progress and more of Asra’s craft work on her Instagram page.


By Rebecca Meechan
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