Mandalas on Display

One of my daughter’s friends creates the window displays for this local Optician and I offered her my mandalas. She has created a wonderful display, don’t you think? She has given me permission to use her photo at the top of this post. The rest of the photos are mine.

A few little spiders have been added as if they have been working away at their intricate webs.

The window looks especially lovely lit up at night, although I haven’t managed to get a photo.

It is a thrill to see them so beautifully displayed.

The mission to create 50 white mandalas continues; 32 are finished and 7 more await the final touches. ย The three below are all in Rico Essentials cotton thread, my favourite so far.

I am making Zoya Matyushenko’s Agnes in three different sizes by varying the hook size. They then need to be washed and attached to hoops.

The most common question I am asked, is “how long do they take?”

I really find this difficult to answer as time taken is the least important aspect to me. I did try to time myself but there are so many interruptions to the process, it was impossible. I make mandalas because I enjoy making mandalas. Crochet relaxes me and resettles my mind. I do it whilst doing other things, it fills pockets of time. It is part of maintaining my sense of ok-ness or well-being, it gets me through stressful times.

So I want to say – they don’t take time, they take attention, concentration, love and joy. They are a connection with my Mum and my Grandmother who taught me and all other crafting women now and through the ages.

But that answer would most likely be more than the person bargained for!

So my answer usually is:

Some take a couple of days, some take a week, depending on the thickness of the thread and the complexity of the pattern. Some sit waiting to be finished for months.

But that doesn’t tell you how many actual hours are spent making stitches. I often feel neither the questioner or I feel satisfied with the answer.

Any ideas?

If anyone in the UK would like to borrow the mandalas for an event, let’s have a chat. I would love to see them displayed in other settings.


31 responses to “Mandalas on Display

  1. It’s like so many creative pursuits – “how long is a piece of string?” springs to mind.
    When I finally put the finishing touches on my mixed media artforms – often it’s been a lot longer than the few things I did that very day. From sometimes not having the right coloured paper, which requires me to create that…to use it then, or start over.

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  2. They look amazing. Of course theyโ€™ve taken years, and years. You didnโ€™t learn, refine and adapt your crochet skills in an afternoon.

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  3. Congratulations! They’re lovely. I like the all-white palette; very pure and summery.

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    • Thank you Gilly. We chose the white ones to go in the window as they will stay there for 6 weeks ad the coloured ones would have faded. J, the window dresser, decided that they would make a lovely summer display.


  4. What a wonderful effect, Sandra – who would have thought how well they could work as a shop display? Any special reason why you plan 50 of them ps who pays that much for a pair of glasses…?!

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    • I can never understand why that bit of plastic has such an outrageous price tag. No real reason why I have set 50 as a target. When I saw 16 of them hanging in a marquee for a wedding, I assessed they would have had more impact if there had been at least 50, so I decided then to go for that.

      Marquee Mandalas


  5. I love those. And they make a fab display. I hope that you get a discount when you next visit ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. That is a gorgeous window!

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  7. Gorgeous mandalas and window display.


  8. 50 Mandalas that’s quite an ambition!

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  9. Beautiful and ethereal, like the ghosts of irises of the eye. Perfect for the shop! I do think offering them as wedding decorations would be perfect, or for decorating a carol concert venue in winter. Hanging them anywhere lofty but where they can catch the light would be amazing. They really are exquisite, like starlight made solid…

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  10. Going Batty in Wales

    Thay are beautiful objects beautifully displayed. As to how long they take that is, as you say, anyone’s guess because we rarely sit and work on them from beginning to end. And that isn’t the point of the excercise. If we ever did work it out it would probably scare us but we do it because we need to, it does us good and the reward is the beauty of the finished object, our pride in our achievement, the joy on the face of the person we give it to and loads of other intangibles. Keep going!

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    • So beautifully put! Yes – I have a real resistance to knowing how long I have actually been sitting and creating – it would definitely NOT enhance the expereince to know the number of hours. As you say – not the point AND it does us good!
      Thank you for cheering me on. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  11. That is a marvellous idea for displaying them Sandra. I know exactly what you mean with the ‘time’ taken to make things. My bedspread took several years! LOL! I love the way you describe it, not taking time but taking attention, concentration, love and joy. (And sometimes a bit of added frustration too ๐Ÿ˜‰)
    Enjoy making the remaining mandalas. They are so lovely. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    • Yes! Definitely ‘FRUSTRATION’! Would I count all the hours of unpicking that goes into making anything, whether sewing, knitting or crochet?!
      ‘Work is love made visible’ I guess that sums it up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. They look fabulous. If asked state a huge number of hours so that the next question isn’t will you make me 20!

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  13. That window display looks fantastic Sandra – you must feel justifiably proud of your beautiful work.

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    • Thank you Lynn. To be honest, I feel more like the conduit through which the pattern designers’ genius and the window display artist’s creativity is brought to life. I am constantly amazed at the patterns. I have tried to design some myself and found it impossible.

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