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The crafters working in modern irish crochet lace and freeform lace is widely using a romanian cord in their patterns aside from the traditional crochet motives. You can use a cord not inly to imitate stems in floral patterns, but also divide different colors in mesh. Also you can make your own motives. Of course the Idea of it came from romanian lace, but it was adapted to our favourite technique. This is how I make bull's figures for the Gobustan project.
These types of motives are crocheted separately, and then, just as any regular motive implemented in a design. For this paritcular bull's motive, I've used a thick plastic transparent table cloth to transfer a drawing. The romanian cord that I made had extra 2-3 cm in lenght than required by a sketch - it is always better to have extra piece that you can unravel lately. Then I've placed a plastic template to a solid pillow and pinned the cord along the drawing. The whole space inside the cord is then filled with an irregular mesh
Once the mesh is completed, the motive was removed from a template
Still the work is to be continued - I used a black thread to bind off the edge with a set of chain and slipstitch to the side loops of a cord
The curves of the figure wer also shaped by adding extra stitches into a the same loop or skipping one. This how the cuves of the back, belly, horns and other anatomical detais were made. Use a chainstitch and double crochet to make a tail. Another bull is ready.