Photo borrowed from Bzz Garage Facebook page :-)

Lavender Harvesting…

Wayne from West Norwood Bzz Garage (we have mentioned them before ;-)) let us harvest some Lavender to use in our group.

So the week before we went to West Norwood Bus Garage which had some lovely huge sunflowers growing as well as a variety of other plants and Wayne told us what to do.

You snip the lavender near where the leaves are sprouting and only on the Lavender that has gone a little brown and the blue flowers have dried up – you then put them in a bunch with some string and hang them up to dry for the week – we then picked off (rubbed) into a bag to bring back to the Stitch group.

This is what was made from some of the Lavender that was collected 🙂

Lavendar Bags - Lavendar harvested from West Norwood Bzz Garage

Some of the other stitchees continued with their own projects and one wanted to learn to quilt from our resident super duper quilter – Jackie 🙂

Stabbing Kittens continued…

oh dear… must stop saying that but here are two cats that got finished 🙂

My little niece cuddling her needle felted kitten bracelet – which she wouldn’t actually wear!

My little niece cuddling her needle felted kitten

L’Arche shop area and Open Garden

Feel free to pop in Saturday between 11-2pm – note the shop area of L’Arche is being redecorated and L’Arche are also having their Open Garden around the corner from 12-5pm so please pop along to visit them for music, food and more!

L'Arche Community Garden Open Day

Come to see our Bzz Garage Banner at The Feast Tomorrow!

We finished the Bzz Garage Banner!

I was sceptical but the ‘Stitchees’ did it and still managed to have a chat, laugh and eat chocolate 🙂

Lots more pictures to come and we will be at the Feast to see the banner in it’s new home – some come join in some Easter Fun 🙂

Bzz Garage Banner being assembled by The Stitch members

Bzz Garage Banner being assembled by The Stitch members

The little wingless Bee is looking forward to meeting more Bees.

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West Norwood Feast Facebook Group Link

West Norwood Feast Facebook Group Link


UPDATE:

A couple of photos from The Feast and the Bzz Garage Banner hanging in the community stall which is just inside the gates on the right hand side.

St Luke's Church on Feast Day

St Luke’s Church on Feast Day – the first of the year

The Bzz Garage Banner hanging at the Stall at The Feast

The Bzz Garage Banner hanging at the Stall at The Feast

Line up

Bee’s are Clever!

Today’s Stitch session was making more items for The Norwood Bzz Garage Banner .

Poppies, Bluebells and Foxgloves (no photo of the last one as yet but I promise you it’s lovely!)

fabric yo yos with pom poms

Bzzz Garage Banner Continued

The banner for West Norwood Bzz Garage has started and lots have been done but lots still to do.

These are the Bzz, I mean Bee’s and flower list that we want to highlight in the banner but mixed with general / abstract florals as well.

March-April:
Buff-tailed bumblebee,
Common Carder Bee

Early Bumblebee or Early-nesting Bumblebee
Ajuga Reptans, bugle bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, bungleweed, common bugle
Ribes Sanguineum ‘Pulborough Scarlet’ flowering currant
Pussy Willow,
Lamium album, commonly called white nettle or white dead Nettle
Bluebell – started
Rosemary,
Pulmonaria winter flowering heather

May-June:
White-tailed Bumblebee – 2 done
Cree Bumblebee
Red-tailed Bumblebee
Garden Bumblebee – 1 done
Ruderal Bumblebee

Aquilegia
Cotoneaster
Campanula
Geranium
Ceanothus – 1 completed.
Foxglove
Wallflower
Comfrey
Everlasting Pea
Monkshood
Laburnum

We had several people learning how to crochet flowers today…

Biscuits, Tea and Coffee helps :-)

Biscuits, Tea and Coffee helps 🙂

…and a few others who helped making some letters for the banner ‘Open to All’ will feature at the bottom of the banner.

Little Bee's and other letters

A lovely lady gave the group several pieces of fabric that has lines of Roses printed in rows and I think that will look great along the sides or all over 😉

She also made some shower caps and clown hats for mice… ok, not really, she made lots of fabric Yo Yo’s (Suffolk Puffs?) but I think they look like very cool accessories for mice!
fabric yo yos with pom poms

fabric yo yos with pom poms

Here’s some Bee’s on a Ceanothus Flower – it’s part of the family: Rhamnaceae. Also known as the California Lilac, Wild Lilac, and Soap Bush and is from the Greek word meaning “spiny plant”.

We are learning a lot about Bees and plants – I didn’t realise Bees had different coloured bottoms!

Little Bee on a Ceanothus Plant (felt) Little Bee on a Ceanothus Plant (felt)

 

Bzzzzzzzz and Flowers

Bzz Garage Banner – The Bee’ginning

(sorry)

The little wingless Bee is looking forward to meeting more Bees.

Today’s meet up was about planning the Bzz Garage Banner and teaching newbies how to crochet flowers – some of us had to relearn as it had been awhile!

We were using instructions from Attic24 – Lucy writes really clear tutorials. Everyone also enjoyed this book of projects from beginner to advanced, featuring flowers of different kinds.