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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.

f1-6

 

 

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).

f1-1

 

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 .

f1-4

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.

f1-5

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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Original hook for Romanian Point Lace

If you have difficulties to crochet the cord for Romanian Point Lace the problem can be the hook.

As you can see from photos the hook is very thin all along length.These are the original hooks (from Romania) used for RPL. Small number crochet hooks from England or Italy (no 0.75 or 1) are small only at the end.

SNC00468 SNC00472 SNC00473SNC00467

Try to find hooks similar to these, very thin on all length. Even here, in RPL country, only one factory still  produce this kind of hooks.

Have a good day ladies.

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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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Romanian Point lace- How to do a small ring

Small rings are used to help covering bigger spaces between cords in Romanian Point Lace. Here I used 4 pcs. of rings, finished size – 7mm diameter.

romanian point lace square doily with 4 small rings used

romanian point lace square doily with 4 small rings used

First appreciate how big the ring need to be.

small ring place romanian point lace

small ring place romanian point lace

To achieve each time equal rings, a few toothpicks or matchsticks will do a good job. Here I used 3 toothpicks.

Put them together with a piece of thread or scotch band at 1/3 from one end.

small ring in romanian point lace

small ring in romanian point lace

Let 20-25 cm thread long at the beginning, turn the thread around the toothpicks 4- 5 times.

Cut the other end of thread 20-25 cmtr long. Put a needle at this end.

Do one or two  feston points vertically under all 5 threads and pull the ring gently out.

small ring in romanian point lace

small ring in romanian point lace

Do other feston points around the ring, taking care to keep equal  thread tension .

small ring in romanian point lace

small ring in romanian point lace

Complete the ring with feston points and, at the end, pass the thread through the first 2 feston points to close the ring.

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

Now you have a small ring with two long threads. This ends will be used to do the bars.

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

When you start to do the bars, use a pin to keep the ring in place.

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

how to do a small ring in romanian point lace

Finished it looks like this.

small ring used in romanian point lace

small ring used in romanian point lace small doily

Good night ladies. Hope you enjoyed.

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CAL- second week programme for July daffodil square doily- RPL

First week done.
Pattern transfered, cord made, cord basted.

Looks nice, I found thread in traditional colour -cream and first I thought that is a little bit too fine and of course I bought the next one in terms of size. I did a sample and was not good as I expected – too coarse. I prefer fine lace for this one .

Mine look like this :

first flower of july free pattern

Wide cord basted :

wide cord in RPL basted on july free pattern

1 flower to go:

 narrow cord and wide cord basted on july free doilly pattern

narrow cord and wide cord basted on July free doily pattern

and then, if you are in schedule, in the end:

free july doily patter  basted with narrow and wide cord

free July doily pattern basted with narrow and wide cord

Of course any variation of colour or type of cord is welcomed.

Now you can send pictures if you want to share with us the project progress. 

Second week 11-17  July

– secure ends of cord- (only 5 pieces of cord required-4  of narrow cord and 1 wide cord)

– secure flowers and leaves between them

– do the rings

– start the bars

More details soon.

If you are not in schedule at the end of the week, don`t worry, there are other 2 weeks to go and plenty of time.

Good night ladies

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Romanian Point Lace-simple RPL narrow cord

This type of cord is simple to do and can be used for most of the Romanian Point Lace models where the narrow cord is required. Is approx.  3-4 mm wide , very good to use for  small projects or flowers and leaves in the interior of RPL models. For edges is most recommended a wider cord to increase the contrast and beauty.

This is a vintage piece realized with narrow cord . OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Try to crochet the cord  a bit loose because like this is more easy to stitch the embroidery  after the cord is basted on the pattern.

Basic pattern is :

Abbreviations: sc- simple chain, TL- turn left

Chain 2 loosely, 1 sc in ch1, TL , 1 sc in second chain ,* TL, 1 sc in second chain ,both loops* .

*1 sc in both loops formed lateral, TL *

repeat from * to *  to achieve desired length

The cord :

simple cord 1 romanian point lace RPL

simple cord 1 romanian point lace RPL

 

After basting narrow cord , before embroidery looks like this: narrow cord 2

You can crochet in front of TV or in a waiting room as many meters you want and use them after in different projects.

Bast the cord on the cloth transferred pattern and cut cord , one cm longer at the end . Clean the threads from the end using your nails and the cord will unravel till the desired length . The thread from the end can be used to join  the end with another cord according to the pattern.

The rest of the cord will be used in a new project.Next time , the beginning  of the cord ,cleaned of small threads will have 0.5 or 1cm of thread  that will be hidden when you start to do the embroidery .

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