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Little Lavender Sachets

I adore the scent of lavender … it’s so clean and fresh. I keep little lavender sachets in all my drawers, and I just love the way my clothes smell when I pull them out to wear.

I’ve been making lavender sachets … using French Grosso lavender – it lasts for ages and the fragrance is particularly intense – from reclaimed scraps of fabric,  fragments of old garments, some vintage remnants, all mostly leftover from bigger projects.

I’ve made a variety of different shapes – squares, rectangles, hearts and circles …

You can see them in my Etsy store.

I’ve embellished them all … some with buttons …

Some with ribbon roses ….

Some with rosettes of ribbon, offset with a pretty button ….

Some with twists of yarn …

And even the odd pompom …

They make such wonderful little presents – if you can bear to give them away – perfect for small gifts between friends, or thank-you gifts for hostesses or teachers or anyone who has done something special for you recently.

Would you keep yours? Or who would you give it to?

And, lest we forget … all subscribers to my newsletter are currently receiving a coupon for free shipping on everything to everywhere in my Etsy shop right now … up until 15th December (last posting date in UK). Get there quick … international posting dates for Christmas fall into next week!

Boro keepsake quilt: Eve’s Garden … growing nicely

The stitching is coming on nicely on my boro keepsake quilt ….

I’m (finally) out of the centre and working around the edges … a mixture of straight lines on different angles, running across the cloth and intersecting … still seem to be feeling those Sami influences in terms of the fairly dense stitching …

I’m mostly sticking to a palette of colours that co-ordinate with the quilt, but couldn’t resist adding a little pop of colour with this orange and red … it’s only there in small quantities as an accent – I’ve matched these colours to the flashes of orange and yellow in the fabrics I’ve used. In places, it looks like a little sprinkling of hot paprika ..Coming out from the corners of the central diamond, and at the intersection of the diagonal lines, I’ve added smaller diamonds of cross stitch, with french knots almost as punctuation where the diagonal lines of running stitch cross through.

Once I’ve got all the running stitch done, the structure will be in place, and I can ‘plant’ my garden … the gaps between the rows will get some embellishment … little hand-embroidered flowers. I think the hardest part will be getting the balance right – allowing the stitching to tell its story without obscuring the fabric beneath.

There is still a way to go … and it may take some time, as I’m setting it aside to the quiet moments so that I can concentrate, for a little while, on getting some smaller pieces ready for the Christmas Fair season … which seems to be sneaking up on me far, far too quickly!


And for those who need to see what lies beneath … here’s the back … I think the structure is more evident here … you can see the flower beds growing up in between the rows 🙂