Lavender wands making

Our early morning drive through the lavender fields last summer seams like far way memories now …

Still I wanted to feel like I was in Provence right now so when I saw fresh lavender for sale , I knew exactly what I was going to do … Lavender wands !

This was the class I wanted to give for many years and was going to do this year since we had planned to be in San Diego in July . We sure have not left but there is no way I can host a class right now with social distancing . So I just did a practice run …I’m rusty …have not made any in years !

These are the last ones my mum had given me and I keep them preciously in between my linens ….they will smell for years to come ! Even last summer , she made a few as this was such a tradition …

My mother taught me how to weave lavender wands as a child …it kept us busy …very busy actually during the hot summer days when we had to stay inside . As a teenager I made some and sold them at my parents gas station . I weaved “bottles” and “baskets” style and now I was going to see if this like riding a bicycle is something you can’t forget !

No I did not bring some baguettes but some fresh lavender …the key ingredient to today’s workshop .

All you need is some rubber bands , thin ribbon, some inspiration and a lot of patience ! Maybe breakfast …and lunch too !! This isn’t a small deal and you have to work while the lavender is pliable or it is a disaster …

First you have to clean and make little bundles , then bend the stems over the flowers without breaking them …the fresher the lavender the better . A day old and you start having troubles !

Now you can start the weaving process making sure your ribbon does not twist, stain, fray …We always made a handle to our bottles these days when my mom’s hands were still agile , twisting 2 color ribbons and sewing a pretty bow .

First one done …two and a half hours later ! But I have not forgotten ! So many memories come back to me of growing up in Provence … Now I want to make a basket . You cannot put this in between your linens but it looks so cute !

Now that my confidence is up , I am going to try something new …2 color ribbons . I need caffeine !! Matcha latte to keep me focused . This is way harder than it looks !

I’m not there yet and my wand is far from the perfection of the ones we buy in Provence and sell at the shop ( left on the picture ) I knew how special they were but now having tried at making one , I have even more appreciation for the work they do .Unfortunately not so many people understand what it is and what it takes to make this; the $35 have been a big issue but it seams so reasonable when you know

 

My last attempt … Christmas in July ! 2 color ribbons is worth the extra work !

Alice and I saw the maker when at the gift show in Paris last January . But I did not place a new order as I have a hard time selling them . It breaks my heart as I want to support this beautiful craftsmanship . We have a few at the shop right now but if you would like to give some as gifts for the Holidays I would consider placing an order if I have enough pre-orders . Send me a message if you do !

Satin, velvet , gold …the options are endless . Weaving the tiny ribbon is crazy long , you go around and it’s like you have not done anything …I cannot imagine how hard it must be to make tiny wands with this . But they do !

I really hope next summer will be the year I finally give that class and that you will be many who want to learn this lost art … they make special gifts !

 

4 thoughts on “Lavender wands making

  1. How beautiful! And such perfect timing, for my lavender is ready to harvest. Your pictures of your mother are so beautiful. You must miss her terribly. I was so sad to hear of your loss. I hope the smell of the lavender brings her back to you. Thank you for sharing everything. It makes life richer. Take care, et á bientôt!

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  2. I’ve driven by your shop a few times and just decided to see if there was a website, here I am. About to discover many treasures, and hopefully take your class on making these lavender wands, someday!

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