These beautiful yarn flowers are so easy to make – and you don’t have to knit! .

I hope the visual instructions are clear enough, because I do love those martenitss. Wind the yarn around a thicker piece of cardboard, take the cardboard out and tie the yarn in the middle. Separate a section of the yarn and tie it near the end. After you have separated the six sections in the same manner, trim their ends away.

Finish the ornament by tying the ends once more with a piece of yarn. The tighter they are tied, the more beautiful the results will be. Decorate the center with a bead.

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.