Monday, September 15, 2008

How To Make Lavender Wands






Here is a nice project to try besides making dream pillows or sachet for closets or dresser drawers.



How To Make Lavender Wands


Lavender Wands Lavender bottles or wands have been used to freshen linens and impart fragrance for centuries. Elizabethan ladies used to gather lavender and transform it into these delightful 'wands' or 'bottles' to put in their linen cupboards. Use them to fragrance linen or lingerie drawers, or wherever you would use a sachet. You can use your basket weaving skills to make one or more of these wands from the fresh lavender flowers in your garden.

Lavender is derived from the Latin "lavare" which means "to wash" and that is just what the Romans did with lavender. The English variety - Lavendula angustifolia (also known as L. officinalis, L. Vera and L. spica). All lavenders belong to the genus Lavandula of the family Labiatae that include the thymes, basils, sages, and rosemary.


Materials:


15 Fresh cut lavender stalks at the height of bloom with the longest stems possible
Short piece of lightweight string
2-3 yards of 1/4' wide satin ribbon
Scissors
Process:


Select and pick 15 stems of fresh lavender with stems as long as possible.
Strip the leaves from the stems.
Allow the stems to wilt slightly to allow flexibility.
Align the tops of the flower clusters.
Tie the stems into a bundle just below the flowers with string.
Tie one end of the ribbon onto the bundle just below the flowers.
Bend the stems back over the flowers, arranging them to surround the flower heads neatly and evenly.
Use the ribbon to weave the stems in a plain weave (over one/under one) around the bundle.
Be careful not to catch any of the flower buds into your weaving.
Keep an even tension on the weaving as you progress.
Pack the weaving gently as you proceed so that each new row touches the previous row.
Make certain to adjust the stems so that they remain vertical as you weave.
Begin to increase your tension on the weaving as you reach the end of the flower buds to close in the wand.
Once the weaving completely encapsulates the flowers, stop weaving.
Adjust the tension of the weaving if necessary.
Cut the stem ends to the length you desire.
Tightly wrap the ribbon in a spiral down the length of the stems.
Reverse direction and spiral the ribbon snugly up the length of the stems.
Tie the ribbon off just below the weaving.
Clip off remaining ribbon.
Use the remaining ribbon to tie a decorative bow onto the stems, just below the weaving.
To refresh the scent, gently squeeze the woven section (referred to as the 'bottle' or the 'Bouteille'.)

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