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Bee Nice Grow Flowers Folk Pillow

Bee Nice Grow Flowers in the Folk Art Pillow Collection by Minaz Jantz


Latest Folk Art Pillow; 'Bee Nice Grow Flowers' is a hand-stitched message to save the bees from extinction. Handwork such as needle felting, embroidery, crochet and knitting complete an entirely unique pillow that comes with its own removable felted bees. 





Bee Nice Grow Flowers in the Folk Art Pillow Collection by Minaz Jantz

The first step is to express a story to spark an idea. The planet depends on bees to do the job of pollinating and without bees, we will have a planet without food. I have been getting FREE Bee seeds from Bees Matter organization that will send a packet of wildflowers & grasses for attracting bees. Each year I plant them and love to watch the seeds turn into happy meals for bees. 

Last year I  purchased a book, 'Botany in a Day' by Thomas J. Elpel. I have moments here and there to read through and will one day be able to glance at the wildflowers growing around us to know their healing properties and their families off by heart.

Needle Felted Bees by Minaz Jantz


I had fun making these fat felted bees and wanted their legs to be abundant with pollen! I stitched light blue thread through the wings and did a few hidden stitches to secure the wings to the body. Safety pins were hand stitched to the back of each bee so one could move them.

Needle felt & crochet flowers by Minaz Jantz

Crochet is fun and fast to make into shapes. The crochet flowers have felted balls stitched into the centre of the flower to bring a visual POP. I ran my favourite BLANKET stitch around the crochet leaves to give them some SPICE.


Crochet rose flowers by Minaz Jantz

The corners needed to have something to round off the busy centre of the pillow top. I just purchased a beautiful rose colour wool and crocheted a large rose for the corners. Attaching the rose to the corner of the pillow, I ran the thread to the back side of the pillow corner to secure it tightly with a button.

Cornerback button to attach the crochet rose.
Cornerback button to attach the crochet rose.

Cornerback signature in stitches.
Cornerback signature in stitches.

The backside of Bee Nice Grow Flowers pillow.
The backside of Bee Nice Grow Flowers pillow.
Bee Nice Grow Flowers... Folk Art Pillow by Minaz Jantz
Bee Nice Grow Flowers... Folk Art Pillow
by Minaz Jantz
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