Crafting With Lavender
Independent of its many other properties and uses, lavender has long held a place of honor in the world of decorative crafts. As a dry flower, lavender brings two key attributes as a favored raw material to crafters – longevity and durability of form and color. Here are just a few of the more popular.
Lavender Bouquets & Flower Arrangements are perhaps the most basic crafting use of lavender, and can and have been rendered over the centuries in a multitude of sizes and forms, alone or in combination with other flowers, fresh or dried.
Lavender Wreath making is probably the most common craft employing lavender, both having been around for centuries. Providing the right lavender cultivar is used, the great durability of lavender makes it a particularly suitable dried flower for wreaths. We elect to use L. x intermedia ‘Grosso” for our wreaths for exactly this reason, given its property of minimal bud shedding over the years. As importantly, it also retains its deep purple color well — so long as it is dried in a relatively dark environment such that provided by our dedicated large Drying Barn at the farm.
Lavender Wand-making is the perennial favorite craft among visitors to our Annual Lavender Festival. With the lavender flower stalks freshly cut – a prerequisite for successful wand-making – there are few other crafts from which so much beauty and utility can be created by so many with so little in the way of materials.
Lavender “Tussie-Mussies” are a favorite Victorian-era rendition of centuries-old miniature lavender bouquets or boutonniéres, complete with doilies or lace! Many variations on this theme have appeared over the years according to the imagination of the crafter.
Lavender Buds are deployed in a wide range of “packagings”, ranging from simple sachets for stand-alone use, to providing an aromatic experience with stuffed animals, to elaborate “pockets” attached to or bordering linens such as pillowcases, sheets, throws, cushions, lockets, etc. They are also commonly offered in loose decorative bowls alone or in combination with other crushed dry flowers as Potpourri.
Felted Soap – another perennial crafting favorite, used not only for its originally intended personal cleansing purpose but also employed by quilters and seamstresses as attractive pincushions.
And whatever else the crafting imagination conjures up …
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