Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Cutting Back the Lavender and Making Lavender Wands
I told Susan I like to work with a bowl in my lap to catch the flowers that drop as I work. They are saved to use later. We started with eleven stems. Any number will do but it needs to be odd. Eleven is a nice number for a beginner, fewer and the wand is too skinny.
The end of a roll of 1/4 inch ribbon is tied around the lavender at the base of the flowers leaving a tail slightly longer than the stems you are working on.
Then you flip the bundle over with the stems pointing up. One by one you weave the ribbon end that is connected to the spool over and under as you gently fold down the lavender stems turning the bunch as you go.
The first round is the hardest. Susan is on her second round here. Continue weaving until all of the buds are encased in the woven ribbons. Bring up the short end and wrap the long end once around and tie a bow.
Let the wands dry for a few days. They look great in a basket. When dry they can be stored in a closed container. They make a lovely gift!
Susan and I had a great afternoon. With little iced peppermint tea and the aroma of all that lavender , we were happy and relaxed. Susan's all set to start on her lavender at home. Perhaps I'll ask Ed to finish the trim on this plant and I'll work on some more of these tonight. You have to do them when the lavender is ready!