This elegant Art Nouveau motif for a scented sachet was designed and stitched exclusively for our SIXTEENTH FREE VIVA ZIVA ! Newsletter #1416.
Subscribe now to ZIVA’s free newsletter ... to be released in October, 2014 and stitch this traditional French design “Poppies and Lavender”, to create a scented sachet filled with lavender.
As a Canadian living in France, I wanted to develop a commemorative design which would combine my Canadian roots with my European home to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.
I decided on a theme of poppies in a European motif from the early 20th century as the ideal cultural combination for this tribute.
The Poppy is a symbol for most Canadians (and other nationalities) of the First World War.
The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.
The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts.
The lavender fields in France are world famous for their beauty …and scent!
Traditionally, the French have been using lavender to create scented sachets for hundreds of years.
We’ve combined all these cultural symbols to create the ‘Poppies and Lavender’ scented sachet cushion!
We’ve designed a sachet with stylized poppy flowers and leaves with the antique-coloured needlepoint canvas background exposed.
EXPOSED CANVAS AS PART OF THE DESIGN
New technique to try!
The exposed natural-coloured canvas is part of the motif and colour scheme, giving the stitching a ‘bas-relief’ effect.
This technique allows more scent from the lavender to perfume your linen or clothing drawers and wardrobes.
SIZES AND COLOURS
You can stitch the sachet in two sizes: 5” x 5” or 6.5” x 6.5” (12.5 cm square or 16.5 cm square)
NOTE: The larger sachet with the red border displays more of the natural canvas to give a lovely open effect.
We’ve developed a palette of warm colours to harmonize with the antique canvas colour.
Red poppies are complemented by turquoise-green and green leaves, with accents of yellow and orange leaves.
The light warm brown of the antique canvas becomes part of the colour scheme.
The entire design can be stitched in the Tent Stitch .
A chart will be provided in the newsletter to show where these stitches could be used.
The Back Stitch was used to attach the open-weave natural linen pocket (for filling with
lavender) to the needlepoint canvas.
The Edge Loop Stitch was used to finish the outside edge with red yarn.
The same Loop stitch was used for the
turquoise-green edging on the smaller sachet... a perfect stitch to attach the natural linen pocket to the back of the tapestry!
We include full instructions in the newsletter showing you how to do these new techniques!
I’ve cut lavender flowers from my garden and dried them for almost a month.
I stitched (Back Stitch) the natural open-weave linen ‘pouch’ to the back with yellow yarn, and it’s now ready to fill!
This larger sachet (6.5” x 6.5”) is a stylish addition to my drawer of table linen.
What a wonderful aroma!
The smaller sachet (5” x 5”), hung with a red ribbon, looks stylish hanging on this clothes hanger to scent your wardrobe.
You could also hang it from a door knob, or window latch to perfume your home!
OR WHY NOT USE IT AS AN INSERT FOR A TREASURE BOX?
The 5” x 5” motif will also fit several boxes from Sudberry House !
The Betsy Box or simple square box in mahogany (as shown), oak, white or black finish would look stunning with this design!
We’re showing the box with the turquoise-green border stitched, but you could leave it off as an option.
You could fill in the background for this application or you could put fabric behind the exposed canvas (for example, yellow linen) to give it even more depth of colour.
Lots of ideas! Try one!
Full instructions and charts on how to create this ‘Poppies and Lavender’ design, are included in the next VIVA ZIVA! Newsletter.
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