Lavender wands, in wool
Select an odd number of nice long lavender stems; at least 5 or 7, but more if the heads and stalks are slim.
Best picked an hour or so before use, so that the stems don’t break when you bend them, but haven’t, on the other hand, dried out and become too brittle to manipulate.
Strip the stems bare. Choose a matching yarn, and tie them together, just below the heads.
This is a lightweight yarn, so it’s being used doubled. A heather mix or deeper mauve are also natural-looking. Allow 3 or 4 metres of yarn, working with it hanging loose rather than wound up in a ball.
Gently begin to bend each stalk over in turn, to encase the flower-heads, distributing them evenly around.
Tucking the short end of the tied yarn in amongst the flowers, begin, with the long end, to weave over and under each stem in turn, working downwards, round and round.
If any little buds poke through, pull them out or poke them back in with a tapestry needle.
Tie the yarn in a bow below the woven flower-heads, or continue to weave or wind it down round the stems in an artful way that sadly I’ve not been able to master.
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