EMPTY BOTTLE Martenitsas
Here’s an easy way to make big martenitsas without using an awful lot of yarn
Wrap thick white and red yarn around small bottles of mineral water that have been pasted with PVA glue. Don’t worry if some of the glue remains visible; it will become transparent when it dries out.
It’s better to wrap a second layer around the bottle. You might want to alternate the colors. We made the flowers from felt ( see instructions)
What is ‘martenitsa’?
In Bulgarian folklore the month of March is often portrayed as a plump, cheerful old lady, “baba Marta”. The 1st day of her reign is celebrated with red and white ornaments in various designs – as bracelets, brooches, pom-poms…
The origins of this ritual are lost in time, but the meaning is clear – they are luck charms you give away to wish good health (and good looks, too!) Friends, family, even pets and domestic animals get one.They are also a countdown to spring – you wear them every day until you see the first stork, or swallow, or blossoming tree. Then you take themartenitsa off and tie it to a branch.