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Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 8:44 am    Post subject: Lavender wands  Reply with quote    

Two or three of our lavender plants flower much earlier than the rest EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE ALL BOUGHT AS THE SAME PLANT FROM A WHICH? TRIAL WINNING NATIVE PLANTS NURSERY.

Ahem. So before they actually burst in to flower and as they are quite long stemmed it is a perfect time to make lavender wands which are a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon with a large jug/glass of Pimms. If you do them neatly they would be nice to add to your Christmas gift parcels.

There are instructions here - http://www.divatribe.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=302&Itemid=45 - but I will try to do some this weekend (or even sooner if I have time) and put up some "in between" pictures as I found that quite difficult to begin with. They are very forgiving though and I still have my first effort from two or three years ago, living in the wardrobe.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Actually looking again at that site they have you use 1/2 inch wide ribbon, which is just crazy, dangerous talk. Use 1/2 centimetre wide ribbon, it might take a bit longer but it will look much much nicer.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

must have a try at that as some of our lavender has started to flower and the Alba version won't be far behind.

My aunt use to make gorgeous little lavender bags by getting a really pretty old fashioned ladies hanky, putting a good handful of lavender buds in the centre and then just gathering it up in her hand and tying with pretty ribbon, like a mini Xmas pud I suppose - brill cos theres no sewing involved!

mochyn



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I suspect that the plants flower at slightly different times because they are from seed, not cuttings. As lavender does not come exactly true from seed, most seedlings are slightly different to theire parents and each other.

Back to the real subject: these are what I've always called lavender bottles. I think my original instructions came from Arthur Mee's wonderful Children's Encylopaedia, 1933 edition! I must make some this year: my dwarf lavenders are all flowering like mad. I use pretty yarn or thread to weave into them, and a ribbon bow to finish.

Gertie



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Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This IS spooky! I was looking at our lavender yesterday thinking that it's really come to life this year - I thought about the lavendere I had seen on stalls for sale and lo and behold I come onto downsizer and there they are!! Bugs, you're a star!

Now I know how to make them we will see if mine turn out anything like they should!

Luckily, I've got some odds and ends of ribbons, so I'll have a dummy run first to see how they look

DivaTribe
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 05 9:31 pm    Post subject: ribbon Reply with quote    

That's my how-to that's linked above, and in reply to the 1/2" ribbon comment - they really do look quite nice. I have two in my linen closet.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 7:18 am    Post subject: Re: ribbon Reply with quote    

DivaTribe wrote:
That's my how-to that's linked above, and in reply to the 1/2" ribbon comment - they really do look quite nice. I have two in my linen closet.


Hello Divatribe, welcome to the site. Are the 1/2" ones bigger in themselves and does the ribbon ruche up at all? The reason I don't fancy it is that I started with a 1/2 cm ribbon and although it was pretty I then made a few for gifts with a narrower still ribbon and they looked much neater, so that I thought the 1/2 inch would be a bit untidy - although much quicker to make I imagine?

Do you have a picture of a completed one with 1/2", I would love to see if there is less difference than I imagine?

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can we have some picutres - I'm to dim to try witout seeing what I'm aiming at, and the link is too small!

Bugs



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This is the best pic I can find...

http://www.penninelavender.co.uk/images/products/pl-wand-detail.jpg

really nice addition to your hand made Christmas presents, maybe a bit time consuming, but pleasant to make especially if you have someone to talk to while you do it (or just sit in the garden).

I meant to make some this weekend but you know how it is...

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 05 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, here's a rather scruffy one some daft bint knocked up recently, which has also been photographasised along the way and to which a guide for the over-generously thumbed will follow.

Post edited as the pic is now on the main site in this article - http://www.downsizer.net/Projects/Reduce%2C_Re-use%2C_Recycle/How_to_make_a_lavender_wand/

Last edited by Bugs on Fri Jul 08, 05 4:05 pm; edited 1 time in total

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 05 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Aha, I see. Wonder if I can scrape together enough lavender for a cople (for me thouugh - not giving the lavender away - for some reason, I just can't grow the stuff!)

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 05 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Supermarkets and shopping developments seem to sometimes have loads of lavender planted around their carparks and pathways, you know...

Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 05 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ay wallah, guide is done (it's really so simple you could work it out from the finished product, but it took me a while the first time so I hope the "between" pics will help:

How to make a lavender wand

nora



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 05 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Those pictures and instructions are perfect. I've been trying to do one but it wasn't working, now I can see how to do it, i'm off to the shop to get loads of ribbon. Thanks Bugs

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 05 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oooh, what fine hands you have Bugs.

WW, Lavender likes light soil so we can send you a few bags of chalk rubble.

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