Binding the Past to the Present through Remembrance
A Heritage Lottery Funded partnership with
Salisbury Cathedral and Suzie Gutteridge.
This project will culminate in a unique installation to be displayed at Salisbury Cathedral, as part of the significant programme of events commemorating the First World War in Salisbury this November.
Workshops are underway with a wide range of local groups and communities to create the hundreds of felted poppies required.
As part of the workshops, we’ll be learning about:
- What makes up the elements of the World War 1 Uniform, focusing on the puttee.
- Stories from WW1.
- The fabric that uniforms were made from and local wool making heritage.
- New skills derived from historical techniques, such as how to wet felt using soap and water by hand.
- How to create poppies from handmade felt.
What is a Puttee?
The puttee was worn as a binding around the shins, almost like a bandage made of knitted wool. It didn’t need to be made in different sizes and would also stop your boot being sucked off in mud.