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Valentine Day=Dragobete Day in Romania

Dragobete Day (Romanian Valentine Day) has very old roots, being celebrated even during the Dacians. Dragobetele is similar of the Roman Cupid and Eros.

Country people remember their old habit of adolescent girls and boys who went in to the woods to gather snowdrops, violets, incense, and put them to use for various charms of love.Towards noon, the girls raced to the village, each followed by the boy who loved them. After the girl was caught, the boy stoles a kiss in the open, which symbolize their love for the whole year.

It is also imperative 🙂  that in the Dragobete Day, men to be cordial relationships with females.Men are not allowed to bother women, nor to engage in quarrels or they will have bad luck all year. Both boys and girls have a duty to be happy on Dragobete day  to be loved throughout the year.

Field works, weaving, sewing, household heavy chores on Dragobete Day are not allowed. Instead, light cleaning can be done , considered that bring growth and freshness in your life .

You can not cry on Dragobete day. It is said that tears flowing in this day are bringing trouble and grief- in the coming months.

As you can see Valentine day is very similar to romanian Dragobete day (both celebrate love) the difference is just 10 days – from 14 February to 24 February and for a good measure the romanians celebrate both days with  same chocolate, flowers, and parties as everybody on the planet.

Happy Valentine Day to you all.h13-a

 

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Valentine heart -Romanian point lace

Valentine Day  is not a romanian tradition but we have a very similar one on 24 February named Dragobete. The story about this tradition in my country will follow soon.

I was thinking what to do this year to celebrate the moment and of course what can be better than a heart ? A pillow with a heart 🙂

Romanian point lace heart in the middle of a decorative pillow is something that you can give to someone loved, appreciated or respected, for Valentine day, Mother day, 1 year day or …. anytime. Even on a T-shirt look nice. I will take a photo soon.

My dear husband liked a lot the drawing so for him is enough. My mother suggested to put the heart on a frame  ??!! What a good idea.

This is the first photo made after I did the pattern

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Final result

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I am happy with the result. More details to come.

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RPL filling stitch for leaves-how to

Today I finished a new Romanian Point Lace pattern special for Valentine Day and when I did the pictures I thought of the big number of filling stitches that I use and sometimes I stay and think which one will look better.

Many  RPL (romanian point lace ) models have leaves or spaces that need to be filled in order to obtain a beautiful, delicate lace.  One of the most simple stitches is the infinite stich.

The name comes from the shape of  the stitch, like an horizontal eight- the sign of infinite. To realize this stitch ,insert the needle in the cord near the base of the leave (or space to be completed) and make two stitches behind the needle to secure the thread . From the base of the leave (left or right – as you feel comfortable) insert the needle in the lateral stitch of the cord from top – down with the thread over the needle held up  with the finger and go parallel ,to the opposite part and insert again the needle in same way . The thread will be held down toward the end of the leave at each stitch with the thumb and inserted in the lateral of  the cord .A finished leave bellow.

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If the space is bigger and this stitch is not filling well the pattern ,you can pass to the next level and do a stitch over this one, in the middle (like a rib).

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To do this stitch, start from the middle base(or top) of the leave and do one (or two)buttonhole stitches on the right and other one or two  to the left side keeping the stitches always in the middle .

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I started from the top in this case and I did two stitches each side because the space between cords is equal from base to the top and quite wide. Finished it looks like this.

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Romanian Point Lace  filling stitches are various and you can choose which ever you feel like. Even if the pattern has one specific filling feel free to change and experiment and in this way you will have a true piece of art with a little bit of your imagination and originality .

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