If you think about Dreamcatchers, what do you remember or what do you know about? Dreamcatchers originate, from the Native Americans and were first only in a few tribes. They were used in the tipis and were always placed above the sleeping area or the entrance of the tipi. The concept of the Dreamcatcher is to have a circle with a specific geometrical shape inside to catch a nightmare as well as to trap it. The idea is that once the dream is in the catcher the wind will take it away! You have probably seen that many original dreamcatchers have feathers and gemstone beads like Turquoise for protection, or apache tears, black obsidian, and quartz of course. Some had sage leaves on them that would have been changed regularly.
The topic of dreamcatchers is fantastic. The reason, I am interested in dreamcatchers, is my little one. She is six and had some nightmares. Now, I am about to create a dreamcatcher, in Romanian Point Lace of course for her.
I am creating it in red because red is one of her favorite colors. I am using many shades of red and the size of the catcher is just below 20cm.
I am using different cord sizes as you see below and a few different fillings. The concept of the catcher is to combine a few different fillings harmonically.
If you look at the image, I created a spider wheel, as part of the filling. The reason I included it, was because, the original dreamcatchers, were also called spiders women. Spider-woman would catch and trap the dreams. I am still not sure how I would hang it, but I am sure it will be in an artistic way. I actually think to frame, in an open frame. so the dreams, get trapped and I can smudge them later on…..
At the moment it’s still just an idea! Nothing is set in stone! On that hand, I also want to say that this pattern, is special.
I will gift it to my followers and to those who love to create point lace…
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Romanian Point Lace and Embroidery is a marriage made in heaven. I started to work on one traditional doily of course in RPL style with a twist, I am using modern influences and embroidery.
Here are a few tips for you if you are interested to start a Romanian Point Lace doily. First of all, GRAB YOUR FREEBIE! and check this list, that is great for RPL, Crochet and Knitting…..
FIRST TIP! Make sure that you have enough cord ready! It speeds up work work and it does not cut and interrupt the joy of creating the fillings! If you are in the mood to create the fillings, and are finally exited that the designs go your way, you do not want to leave it aside and create cord. It is also harder, if you have to connect new cord to the old cord while working on it!
SECOND TIP! If you feel overwhelmed that almost all Romanian Point Lace doilies are medium to large you can break it down into small pieces! This image below is one small part of the doily that is work in progress. Since traditional Romanian Point Lace is about repetitive designs, I find it easier for beginners, to create small repetitive parts of the same design.
In this design you find three fillings elements that are in the basic booklet here.
Now I would advice you to create these repetitive parts first and leave them aside. First of all, it’s good because you will learn and practice these fillings.
In Romania where women do Point Lace all their lives, they actually know all traditional designs by heart…. Oh boy imagine that!
Anyways let’s move on… to the next TIP!
THIRD TIP! You can do the same with the embroidery part of your doily. In my case I create all the Rosebuds in one go! Yes, in one go! It;s great because that way you get the embroidery ready and can leave it aside!
My LAST TIP is to make sure that you have enough thread to create a doily! Do not mix and match the basic cord colour! It will not look very great once that doily is put together.
If you already create Romanian Point Lace and do not find it very hard, of course you can create it the traditional way by create the pattern in one go!
Once you have all the pieces of the Point Lace created, you can put it together like a puzzle!
You see the two identical designs, are having in the centre one more design! Now this is half of the doily already…. All you need to do now, create the other part and voila your Romanian Point Lace doily is finally taking shape!
There is one advantage in working this way! You can actually create a different pattern once you all doily parts ready! You are not able to do that if you work traditionally.
This is what I love about doing Romanian Point Lace in parts. I have the opportunity to change my mind, if I discover a ‘better’ design!
I would encourage you to find your way. Create Point Lace how it;s best for you. If you have another way, please let me know!
I can;’t say, that this is a TIP as well, but I work like this. When I work on a project, I keep it all together in one spot. Meaning all the items that will make this pattern, designs work I find in one box, bag, or container.
I keep the threads for both embroidery and Romanian Point Lace in one container as well as the needles, scissor, sewing threads and cords.
Now you can resize your pattern once all the pieces are ready. This is the tricky part if you work in pieces to create a Romanian Point Lace doily. I sew ruffly the pieces in shape and create simple bars or other connecting elements in between. Once this done, I sew the embroidery Rosebuds. Here again you can move them around till you find that right place for all your Rosebuds. The picture above is just an example. I am not done with this doily and once I finish the project I will have the pattern available on Etsy and here on the website.
I am thinking to create a section strictly for pattern that will be available. Simple designs in small, medium and large. It will include embroidery as well. If the interest is there, I will even include custom order designs…..
PS: Stay tuned to the next post and see the doily ready!
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