Lavender. What a heavenly smelling plant. You brush the leaves with your hand and its fragrance fills the air. I created the above motif years ago. I first used it to make embroidered cards and bookmarks that I was selling. Then, I started to use it on fabric. Here are a few examples:
My Lavender Sachets tutorial being one of the most popular of my free patterns on Crafsty, I thought that you may like to have the pattern for this embroidery. I had it on paper but had no trouble to draw it on computer. You can find a pdf version of this pattern on my web site. This is a bilingual pattern, written in English and in French. Please let me know if you use the pattern… I would love to hear about it and maybe see a picture! 🙂
This is a Small Handbag I have made as a Christmas gift for my mother. The front is decorated with a machine-quilted fence and hand-embroidered lavender. The outside is made from jeans and the inside from Indian cotton.The back has a tag dangling from the handle. With tiny stems of lavender and the initial of my mother’s first name… Claudine. I was lucky enough to find this ribbon in my basket of bits and pieces. A brown ribbon that coordinates perfectly with the cotton.And beautiful wooden beads, also in the same shades of brown. I decorated the tag and the sides of the bag with these. As well as the inside edge of the bag. Below is the lavender motif I have created and have been using for years. On cardboard and on fabric alike.
The pattern for this Small Handbag is available in my Craftsy Pattern Store, in French and in English. Please note that the pattern is for the handbag itself and not for the embroidery and the various decorations, although I indicate in the pattern when the embellishments should be added. Like quilting, embroidery, ribbons and beads.
Anyone who had read my recent posts may have guessed by now that I love lavender. For its heavenly smell, its beautiful stems, its sturdiness (I am a lazy gardener and I love plants that take care of themselves) and its ability to survive with just a bit of water.
I created this lavender motif a few years ago to embroider on greeting cards. You can see that I now use it on more than cards. On a bag–picture above. On a quilt–picture below.
I have done many, many embroidered cards the past few years. Not just with lavender and not just with flowers. (Maybe I will make a post about it someday.) I used to stitch the lavender directly on a cardboard. Which made a simple and modern card. I do not have any to show you, but imagine the motifs directly on a white and slightly embossed cardboard. The lavender flowers stand out prettily. Then I upgraded my lavender cards two years ago by adding fabric in a patchwork fashion. I assemble the fabric with my sewing machine. After that, I embroider by hand the lavender, with the chain stitch and the stem stitch. Lastly, I sew the fabric onto a cardboard with my sewing machine, selecting the pretty stitch you can see in white in the following picture (I believe it is called the feather stitch).
The following picture is a card made with the cross stitch. I did not design that one. The design was created by Sereine and you can find it here. I have done many cards with this motif, on toile de jute (burlap). I like its country look. And its simple elegance.