Make a Beeline is a Knit and Knatter community project run throughout 2019 by a pair known as the Grans on the Make, who in association with ICHF Events, have for the past five years been raising money for charity through their obsession with knitting and crochet.

The Grans hail from sunny Deal in Kent and have been travelling far and wide in their quest for your cash. 2016 and 2017 saw them driving an old Β£200 banger fondly dubbed Bessie, to Rome and then Monte Carlo in a charity car challenge where they raised Β£13,500 for their local charity Martha Trust.

In 2018 they raised Β£5,500 for the Royal British Legion and the Pankhurst Centre at craft shows up and down the country run by ICHF Events, by making two giant 4 metre panels commemorating the end of WW1 and women getting the vote. This was achieved with the help of hundreds of show visitors and craft groups all over the UK and as far away as Australia!

Make a Beeline raised an astonishing Β£13,000 for Park View 4 U increasing awareness of the importance of protecting our pollinators (not just bumblebees) through workshops and knit and knatter sessions and by encouraging participants to create swarms of knitted and crocheted bees and most importantly, sow wildflowers in their local areas.

Expanding on the 2017 Pollen Counts project run by Park View 4 U, an award winning park in Lytham St Annes, the project helped Park View 4U secure a DEFRA Bees Needs award which the Grans were delighted to accept on their behalf.

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What an amazing time we’ve had at The Creative Craft Show this time. So many lovely visitors. Over 100 eggs and countless bees needelfelted. So rewarding to know we’ve introduced people to a brand new hobby, evidenced by the number of people who left us and headed off to The Makerss! Roll on November!
Another great day at The Creative Craft Show at the NEC today! Here’s Fletcher and Logan with their needlefelted bees. Come and make yours tomorrow on Stand C43. 😍
Yvonne and Hilary more first timers!  Lovely to meet you both. πŸπŸ’›πŸ–€πŸ˜
Sally Ann and Lorraine more first time visitors and needlefelters. Look at the concentration. πŸ˜πŸπŸ–€πŸ’›
First time show visitors and needle felters Ann-Marie, Penny and Eliza from Worcester and their beautiful bees! πŸπŸπŸπŸ–€πŸ’›πŸ–€
Aletta, Megan and Debbie from Witney having fun with us making their beautiful bees!! Stand C43 at The Creative Craft Show today πŸπŸ’›πŸ–€
Five minutes in and we have our first customer, Helen! We taught her to needlefelt  bee in 2019 and she has been needlefelting ever since! In fact she says she Made a Beeline for us 🐝😍 #beelikehelen πŸ’›πŸ–€
National treasures! 🀣🀣🀣
Yes you can put all your eggs in one basket!! The Grans will be back at The Creative Craft Show in Birmingham in March! As it’s Easter, we’re needlefelting Easter eggs! Guaranteed calorie free 🐣😍 Beginners welcome.
It may have been one of the smallest floats in the show but I think we can safely say that the Pollinating London Together float with its colourful canopy made by the Grans was hard to miss - quite outstanding!πŸ˜€ #Lordmayorsshow #pollinatinglondontogether
🐝🐝🐝 Happily reunited! 🐝🐝🐝
If you were making a Christmas candle with Grans on the Make on stand G28 earlier this afternoon please come back to the stand as you may have left something behind. The Creative Craft Show
Come and Needlefelt a bee with us on stand G28!!
Deep in conversation and concentration in Stand 23 at The National Honey Show!
Day 2 at The National Honey Show and already we’re busy felting bees and selling our popular bee-rings! Here’s Rebecca!
Christa and her bee-autiful bee!
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