Quilled Mărțișoare

Hello Ladies!

I am back after a long break, and hopefully this time I am here to stay!

Today is Mărțișor (Romanian pronunciation: [mərtsiʃor]),  an old Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring. People offer each other a little talisman tied with a red and white string. Symbolically, it is correlated to women and to fertility as a means of life and continuity. The tradition is authentic in Romania, Moldova, and all territories inhabited by Romanians and Aromanians. Alike, though not identical, customs can be found in Bulgaria (see Martenitsa), while similar ones exist in Albania, Greece and Italy.  If you would like to learn more about this celebration, you can find an interesting article on Wikipedia: Mărțișor.

I will keep this post short and show you some of my ‘Mărțișoare‘. For the past few days I’ve been “swimming” in dozens of red and white flower petals, trying to get back on quilling and I must admit it was strange after a few months break. Here is the final result:

And here with the red and white string:

 For the flowers I’ve used 160g/sm paper, hand cut into 1.5mm paper strips. To achieve a glossy look, I coated them with water based varnish.

P.S. I really missed quilling and this blog! But most of all, the wonderful people I got to meet here!


Happy Quilling!




  1. avatar
    Syaz says:

    Hi there..It’s been a while..I’ve finally had my question answered..Keep on wondering why there are many posts on Facebook with the white and red strings..Now I know..Not only I’m taken away by the beautiful flowers, but I can also learn something new about other people’s culture..

  2. avatar
    diana says:

    Thank you Manuk for yours lovely works: i try to quill like you but you are the best, me… from Roma with loove!

  3. avatar
    Nupur says:

    Dear Manuk,

    Welcome back! I have always admired and been inspired by your work and looking forward to see your creations again. Beauliful flowers!

  4. avatar
    Preeti says:

    Hi Manu
    This is lovely creation.
    I tried to make , but could not get the concave shape as yours…they are so perfect.
    Thank you for inspiration

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