That divine summer day, the family seated around the table in the garden, dessert laid out (was it the Cherry Ganache pie or the Raspberry Charlotte?), chilled Sauterne in the heirloom wine glasses, when suddenly you were assailed by an army of winged yellow-jacketed thugs hell-bent on hijacking your table. Swats were taken, a glass shattered, Dad bellowed, ‘mother-plucking pests! What are they good for?’
You on the other hand, calmly pleaded for mercy for these captivating (but admittedly irritating) creatures.
Because you know
that wasps, like bees, are crucial to pollination
that their numbers are dwindling (they have that in common with bees too)
that solitary wasps contribute to pest control which makes them gardeners’ little helpers
that their graceful beauty is unparalleled in the insect world
(ok, I made that last one up. Maybe you prefer the rosy roundness of the ladybug, or the flitting and darting of the dragonfly)
For you, the one who welcomes wasps: here is a sew-on patch featuring the Mournful Wasp (Pemphredon lugubris), who you may already know from your own garden, a solitary wasp that feeds aphids to its larvae.
Hand-embroidered on vintage linen in the stumpwork fashion, with cotton and metallic threads, tiny and varied seed beads along the edge, backed with wool felt, your patch is ready to be stitched on to your jacket, cape, mantle, cloak, frock or any ensemble that you’d like to metamorphose according to your own peculiar taste and singular style. This patch will mingle well with your already-established collection of brooches, badges, stickpins and cufflinks to create garments rich in color and texture, that clearly state whose side you’re on!
Measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches (9 x 6.5cm).
Join me in donating!
2 euros for each wasp patch sold will be donated to The Nature Conservancy, whose work includes protection of habitats in order to “preserve the diversity of life on Earth.”
Until the day when wasp-friendly gardens are in every backyard and on every street corner and wasps enjoy the esteem and admiration of humans, it’s up to us to protect our prickly party-goers.
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