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And now, hearts are red ? – Si acum , inimile sunt rosii ?

Dragobetele (Valentine`s Romanian version) approaches and I’m almost done with lavender sachets. For those who are hopeless romantics I did some bags with hearts and started another with Romanian traditional motifs .

Because the tradition of “martisoare“ is specific to our area and may you not know why I am so busy to prepare for first March, I will  refer to Wikipedia- what means martisor where you can read briefly about. Better to tell you a story about “martisoare“from my childhood.I admit, I have always liked the “martisor“ colourful joy .The nicest one, instead to give as a gift, I used to put away in a box to admire later. My little heart does not resist separating from those miniature beauties . After a while the little box mysteriously disappeared or maybe I forgot where I put it for the next year to appear like magic. Mom? Something to confess?

In recent years handmade products have gained ground again and Romanian artist’s creation are increasingly popular.

I would say that it’s ephemeral art because “martisor“ is worn pinned near to the heart or at the hand as a bracelet, just a few days (roughly from 1 March until 10 March) but I am happy to see that, when I manage to create a useful gift- martisor, it will be used all year. The best example is the one from last year, crocheted roses made of ombre wool to which I attached a clasp for brooches and then I saw these roses fondly worn on many occasions. I made a few this year.


I found a tradition very similar to that of Romaniaat the Bulgarians, our southern neighbors, the Macedonians and Greeks. Martenitsa (Bulgarian: мартеница, pronounced [martɛnit͡sa] Macedonian: мартинка, Greek: μάρτης, Romanian: mărţişor).

In early March after March 8 International Day Women and we celebrate especially our moms and March 9 – the day of 40 saints or martyrs) the white red threads from martisor are put to cling in the blossom  rees in faith that will bring us luck.

Martisoare this year are still in progress, I have some ideas. You can find them here but if you want to do it yourself leave a message here with what details you need.

Have a nice day ladies


Buna ziua doamnelor,

Dragobetele (Sf Valentin in varianta romaneasca )se apropie si eu am terminat saculetii cu lavanda. Pentru cei care sunt romantici incurabili am pregatit si cativa saculeti cu inimioare si am inceput altii cu motive romanesti.


Recunosc , mi-au placut mereu martisoarele pentru bucuria colorata pe care o au si pe cele mai frumoase , in loc sa le daruiesc, le puneam deoparte intr-o cutiuta pentru a le admira mai tarziu. Inima mea de copil nu rezista sa se desparta de frumusetile acelea in miniatura pentru ca , din fericire nu ne invadasera inca cele din China. Dupa o vreme cutiuta disparea misterios sau uitam unde am pus-o pentru ca anul urmator sa apara ca prin minune. Mama ce spui ? Recunosti ceva ?

In ultimii ani produsele handmade au castigat din nou teren si creatiile artistilor romani sunt din ce in ce mai apreciate. As spune ca e o arta efemera pentru ca martisorul se poarta prins in piept, aproape de inima  sau la mana ca o bratara,  doar cateva zile (cam de la 1 martie si pana pe 10 martie ) dar am avut bucuria de a vedea ca, atunci cand reusesti sa creezi un martisor util , el va fi folosit tot anul. Cel mai bun exemplu este martisorul de anul trecut , un trandafir crosetat dintr-un fir de lana in degrade la care am atasat o inchizatoare pentru brose si l-am vazut apoi purtat la multe ocazii cu drag

Am gasit o traditie foarte asemanatoare cu cea din Romania , la vecinii nostril bulgari, la macedoneni si la greci.  Martenitsa (Bulgarian: мартеница, pronounced  [ˈmartɛnit͡sa]Macedonian: мартинка, Greek: μάρτης, Romanianmărțișor) .

La inceputul lui martie, dupa 8 martie ziua internationala femeii  si ziua in care ne sarbatorim mai ales mamele si 9 martie – ziua celor 40 de sfinti sau mucenici ), snururile de la martisoare se agata in copaci infloriti  din credinta ca ne vor aduce noroc .

Martisoarele de anul acesta sunt inca in lucru, mai am cateva idei . Le puteti  vedea pe Breslo si daca vreti sa le faceti si voi lasati un mesaj aici pentru mai multe detalii

Sa aveti o zi cu spor doamnelor


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Angels are blue- Ingerii sunt albastri

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that each of you has someone to think about today! A good thought for those who love us and especially support us.

Meanwhile I finished the large hearts, with lavender inside and they came out really nice to be modest!



A new lavender arrived, cultivated and raised in Romania and I finished the sachets ready for “martisor“ gifts , hand embroidered in cross point with little angels.

If you want to make some  yourself, take a piece  of cloth appropriate for cross-stitching , cut into pieces the size you wish to have the sachets -mine are 9 cm wide and 13 cm height , embroider what you want on one side, and then sew, put lavender inside, a cord and wrap as a gift .Can be useful gifts for your friends and why not, even for personal drawer.


In order to lavender not shake off; I put it in a paper towel first. So, even the smallest pieces will not come out from the sachet (it’s just a precaution) and in a year or two, the sachet can be reused for new lavender or what other herbs you want to use.


If you want, you can use sachets for jewellery, small gifts or favours at weddings (stuffed with herbs or candy), etc.

If you do not have time to make them, you can find sachets ready filled in my shop on Breslo.-luciavintagelace


You want a personalized set? Please let me a message.

Ingerii sunt albastri

Happy Valentine Day ! Sper ca fiecare dintre voi are la cine se gandi astazi !Un gand bun catre cei care ne iubesc si ne suporta.

Intre timp am terminat si inimile mari, cu levantica la interior  si  au iesit chiar frumoase ca sa fiu modesta !


A sosit si lavanda noua,plantata si crescuta in Romania si am finalizat saculetii  pregatiti pentru cadouri de martisor, brodati manual , in punct cruce, cu ingerasi .

Daca vrei sa faci cativa singura, ia o bucata de panza pe care se pot coase cruciulite , taie bucati  de dimensiunile la care doresti sa iasa saculetii , ai mei au 9 cm latime si 13 inaltime, , brodeaza ce vrei pe una din parti si apoi coase, pune lavanda in interior, un snur si impacheteaza. Pot fi cadouri utile pentru prietenii  tai si ,de ce nu, chiar pentru sertarul personal.

Pentru ca lavanda sa nu se scuture, am pus-o intr-un servetel de hartie. Asa, nici cele mai mici bucatele nu vor iesi prin saculet (e doar o masura de precautie) iar peste un an sau chiar doi , saculetul se poate refolosi pentru alta lavanda sau orice alte plante aromatice doresti sa folosesti.

Daca vrei poti sa folosesti  saculetii si pentru bijuterii, cadouri de mici dimensiuni  sau marturii la nunti (umpluti cu plante aromatice sau cu bomboane), etc

Daca nu ai timp sa ii faci, ii poti gasi in magazinul meu de pe Breslo –Luciavintagelace


Vrei  un set personalizat ?Lasa-mi un mesaj .


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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.




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).



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 .


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.


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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Back to you with RPL free doily pattern

After few month without posts I am back and ready to blogg again. Good news is that I am back home (in Romania) so I have access to good thread  and supplies for Romanian Point Lace. Hopefully I will be OK again and post more often.

No matter what, I can see that there are over 10.000 visitors and top country is USA. Thank you all for visiting my humble playground.I promise new patterns and beautiful projects to do together.

Today a doily, free pattern , 54 cm long, 34 cm wide .


PDF format:

mll8-q1 mll8-q2 mll8-q3 mll8-q4 mll8-t mll8-tt

Print 4 quarters (each one is an A4 format) , see on mll8-t how look the parts together and on mll8-tt where to put the bars.

To see how to start a project check here

To see how to do the cord

To see how to bast the cord :

For any details I am here or on Ravelry  with the Romanian Pont Lace Group

Hope you like it. Enjoy


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Romanian Point Lace-two types of double cord new photos and cross stitched pillows


After  this post about double cord in two variants_ see here_ new photos with details . A video will follow soon.

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

Hope that this is helpful. I try to do the video on this as soon as possible.

Mean time I finished to cross stitch my trio of 100% love .

cross stitched celtic heart

cross stitched celtic heart


 cross stitched love square gift

cross stitched love square gift



You make me smile when skies are grey  cross stitched words

You make me smile when skies are grey cross stitched words

We speak of pillows of course and all 3 are made on a square of aida 100 per 100 points, so 100 percents of love . How cute is this!  Lavender colour,not very visible here,  so sweet and calm inspiring. A gift to be for my friend K. and her husband.

Good night ladies.

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Video for 3D shape cord-rpl free pattern

Hi again,

My post about the tridimensional crocheted RPL cord was not very clear so I tried to do a video.

Any further questions are welcomed.

And  the story.

At the end of September, tourists return at their homes and the sea is a deserted place. Again. Not that I don`t like the silence. Is just that feeling that you miss something ( the sounds, the music).

a tree on the beach after storm

a tree on the beach after storm

Every year they let something behind, something to remember. An umbrella, a ball, a doll.You can find them on the beach laing  abandoned, sad.  This year is different. Is something cute, sweet and very naughty.

He is already friend with my 4 cats and thinks that is the owner of the house.

Cute. Have a nice day ladies.

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3D shape cord-rpl free pattern

Hello again ,

Triangular shape cord is simple and create a 3d effect when is used to contour shapes.

Less used for flowers, this cord look good on the edges for smal, delicate doilies.


-chain 3 loose

-2 sc in front thread of first ch

-1 sc in second thread of ch1


-1 sc in two front threads


Now you can start to see the triangular shape. All 3 sides of the cord are visible and will start to twist a little bit.  Do not worry, when basted, will look good and to do the filling you will insert the needle in left or right side. In that way the top of triangle remains always up an create a nice profile to your work.

Repeat till necessary length achieved. Because is not very clear in photos I did a sketch.

3D RPL cord free patern

3D RPL cord free pattern


3D RPL cord free pattern

3D RPL cord free pattern


3D RPL cord free pattern

3D RPL cord free pattern


3D RPL cord free pattern

3D RPL cord free pattern






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