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Make Lavender Wands and Enjoy the Fragrance of Summer All Year Long
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 19:44
Photo and lavender wands made by Nancy Hiroka
The very second I saw Nancy's image of her beautiful Lavender Wands I fell in love! They may not be new to some of you, but they sure were to me!!!
Nancy is not a blogger but we have connected via my blog and keep in touch through e-mail. Nancy and I share a fascination with Primstav and both of us have plans for making one of our own. Like me, she is especially drawn to Scandinavian arts and crafts.
In fact she just turned me on to Korknisse! (here is a link to the how-to if you haven't already found them.) I need another project like I need a big ole hole in my head, but how can I resist!!
Nancy sent me two links for instructions for making Lavender Wands.
Make a Lavender Wand published in Garden Gate magazine
How to Make a Lavender Wand published by Fairegarden
Not having time to drive out to a farm growing lavender, I decided to try making a wand from the "second flowers" still blooming on my Spanish Lavender bush. The buds are much smaller than the "first bloom buds", so I thought I would try making a wand by staggering the buds.
Not exactly the most beautiful wand ever made!!! But it worked! And once you get past that initial fiddly part where your start the weave, it really is quite fun to watch the weaving take place over and under and over the stems. Before you know it, you are at the bottom and done!!!
My wand is now a month old, the stems have dried and when I give it a little squeeze, I am treated to the lovely scent of lavender.
Next summer I am definitely making these for everyone on my Christmas list - using proper lavender so they will hopefully be as pretty as Nancy's wands.
Thank you Nancy, 1000 times!