Crochet Mandalas, another batch.

The pattern: Arwen by Zoya Matyushenko 

made with Juna Luna 2ply gradient yarn and a 3mm hook

This one is fixed to a 60cm hoop which I got from Dannell’s (UK)

I have a batch of mandalas waiting to be attached to hoops

The crocheting is the most enjoyable part, but then the ends need sewing in and I wash the doilies so that as much grease from my hands has been removed as possible. They are then first attached to the hoop with stitch markers and then sewn onto the hoop.

I have noticed that although I make the mandalas as taught as possible, over time they stretch and become floppy. From now on I will sew them on with a contrasting thread so that I can remove it if necessary at a later date. I will then be able to attach them to a sightly bigger hoop.

My collection is building. I have made 24 in all, and have given a few of them as presents. I have kept 17 and have five more to fix to hoops.

This obsession is still going strong!

27 responses to “Crochet Mandalas, another batch.

  1. Going Batty in Wales

    Those are beautiful! Inspired by you I made some but stiffened them with wood glue instead of using hoops. One thing I read said dilute it 50:50 and as I had some already watered down I used that but I should have followed the other advice I read and used it full strength. The mandala which was quite tightly crocheted ( thicker thread on a small hook) was fine but the more delicate one keeps bending. But it was easier than sewing them onto something and no problem with stretching. Some smaller snowflakes I did years ago with powdered starch used double strength as Christmas decorations and they have stayed stiff ever since.

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    • Thank you so much for your response. I don’t quite know why it thrills me so much to know I have inspired others – sharing the love and the joy of creativity is large part of why I write this blog. Thank you for you hints and tips about wood glue and starch – very good to know. xx 🙂 ❤

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  2. Mrs. Gumboots in Japan

    Oh my goodness these are just gorgeous! I’ve never attempted anything like this yet. You are a master!

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  3. Certainly an obsession. They are so pretty though, shame these get looser.

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  4. Lovely as ever Sandra. The organiser of our craft group – an expert knitter – knits beautifully delicate lacy mandalas in who knows what ply of wool and puts them in very large copper hoops. They were hung round the walls at our recent craft fair and looked amazing. I’ll ask her what she does to stop any floppiness on hers next time I see her in case it is of interest to you.

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  5. These are like delicate undersea creatures, like jellyfish or diatoms. Gorgeous! Regarding the stretching: could you perhaps spray them with a good quality spray starch like Best Press and give them a very light press with a dry iron? That would help to stiffen the fibres. Not sure how long the effect would last, but it might help to delay it. Worth a test, anyway…

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  6. And a lovely, enchanting obsession it is!

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  7. Yes, they do stretch…it’s the nature of the thread itself. Try giving it a hot bath and stretching it on your hoop while it’s still wet. Use a larger hoop (an inch or two) than the doily and pull as tight as is possible. tie off at (picture clock face) 12, 6, 3,9. then catch the others clockwise. It’s how we do dreamcatchers.

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  8. Really pretty and I love your colours.

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  9. I love those colours Sandra. They look lovely as doileys too, before attached to hoops. Happy crocheting!

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  10. gorgeous! manadalas are on my “to do one day” list ^^

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  11. They are so beautiful

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