Category Archives: mandalas

WIP Wednesday

Progress so far.

cotton crocheted mandala

I’m building the mandala back up again.

This free pattern is by Helen Shrimpton  (I have made a few alterations.)

 check out her website for this and so many other amazing patterns.

Below is what the mandala looked like when I decided to unpick the edge. I didn’t feel happy with the solid row of folded trebles followed by the semi-circles of dark turquoise, it seemed too heavy an edge. If I was going to use it as a tablecloth as originally intended, this edge would have been fine as not all of it would have been seen at once.

But now I’m thinking I would like to attach it to the painted canvas and hang it on the wall, so a softer edge will please me more. Crochet as art is something I’m getting a teeny bit excited about.

crocheted mandala

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I unpicked about a week’s work – thank you to everyone who helped me make the decision. Once the decision was made it felt good to quickly undo it.

Experiment time: The Lime Juice (pale yellowy-green) still seemed too solid a linecrochet mandala

so I broke it up with some of the pale turquoise.

Mandala Madness edge

I’m much happier with it now and will add a row of white next and then there will be more decisions to be made about the final few rows.

The end is is sight!

Made with Scheepjes Bonbon cotton thread and a 2mm hook.

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How to finish?

crochet mandala

I have reached the most difficult stage of the Crocheted Mandala. I’ve nearly finished. This is where so many projects have floundered and been relegated to the UFO (unfinished object) box boxes.

Since the beginning of August I have loved making this mandala and have been obsessively crocheting almost non-stop for nearly 3 months, but things have ground to a halt.

I don’t like the edge.

crocheted mandala

The dark turquoise, the rows of Lime Juice and Candlelight, and the row of folded trebles seem to take away the delicacy of the whole, and hem it in.

Mandala Madness

I have the mandala laid out on the canvas, I keep looking at it trying to decide what to do.

Do I rip it back to beyond the folded trebles – that would mean undoing about a week of intensive long hours of crochet. I need to think carefully about that before I do it.

Another idea is to take it back to the row in Candlelight and replace with Chrystaline (the main colour) and see if that lightens the feel of the edge.

And would a little white butterfly sit on that row of folded trebles every so often to break up the enclosing circle it makes…..crocheted butterfly

…… or would I always look at it and only see the offending row of folded trebles.

Initially I had intended the piece to be a tablecloth, but increasingly I have felt I want to frame it. As a tablecloth the border would be fine as the whole of it would not be seen at once.

As a Mandala, on the wall, as a piece of art – hmmmm – well that is different.

Do you have any thoughts to help me make a decision?

Crochet Mandala

crochet cotton mandala

I’m on Part 17 of Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton.

The end is in sight.

I started this project back at the beginning of August and it has gradually taken over my every waking hour – very little else gets done. I hate to have to leave it, I wake early in the morning to work on it and I’ve enjoyed seeing it grow and develop. It is the first project I have done for myself for ages and I love it.

Huge gratitude goes to Helen for the amazing pattern and to Esther of It’s all in a Nutshell for her wonderful video tutorials.

I have made a few alterations along the way:

  1. Spiro Star at the centre (tutorial here)
  2. Baby pineapples in Part 10, instead of bobbles in diamonds
  3. Plain single crochet instead of extended single crochet in Part 12.
  4. Missing out the back posts in Round 86 to create a slightly more broderie anglaise effect.
  5. And I plan to do a lacy edging, yet to be decided – any ideas or suggestions would be very welcome.

But other than that it is Helen’s pattern.

It is made with Scheepjes Bonbon cotton yarn and a 2mm hook.

The finished piece will measure about 1m across when finished.

I finished the 11th ball of the Chrystaline (main colour) just before the end of Round 102. So far I’m still on the first balls of Lime Juice, Candlelight, Snow White and Tropic.

If you would like to see some other yarny beauties and have a good old natter, pop across to Nanacathy.

On the hook this Friday

mandala madness with spirostar centre

Can you see the hint of a darker turquoise?

This is how she looked just after I added that row:crochet table cloth

Sitting on the table I am making her for. I did wonder whether to stop here and leave it as a large mat for the table as it looked so pretty, but I’m itching to see what this pattern looks like when finished, so on I went.

I’ve had the mahogany table for years and I love the details in the design. I had to take it outside to get a decent photo of it.

vintage mahogany table

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As you can see it is not easy to clean!

The crochet pattern is Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton and I have used Spiro Star in the centre. You can see my tutorial here.

I am using Scheepjes Cotton Bonbon and a 2mm hook.

It will measure approximately 1m across when completed.

In the top picture I have just started the 10th ball of the main colour.

It measures 29″ or 74cm across.

The background is one of my unfinished abstract paintings on canvas in acrylic paint.

Pop over to Nanacathy for her weekly gem ‘Knit and Natter Friday’ where you can chat about all things yarny.

 

W.I.P. Wednesday

Mandala Madness with alternative centre

Mandala Madness with alternative Spiro Star centre, 

Scheepjes Bonbon cotton yarn and a 2mm hook

Main colour is Chrystaline, other colours are Candlelight, Lime Juice and Snow White.

Round 83 just completed, at the start of Part 13

On ball 8 of Chrystaline.

It measures 61cm or 24 inches across.

 

Crochet Mandala

Progress so far

crocheted mandala in cotton

I am loving seeing how this one develops, although , to be honest I am finding doing so much of it in one colour a challenge. It is harder to follow the pattern at times and my colour hungry eyes want to add more variety.

I am using Scheepjes Bonbon and a 2mm hook.

The main colour is Chrystaline, with touches of Lime Juice, Candle Light and Snow White.

In this photo I have just come to the end of the 5th ball of Chrystaline. Although the dye lot is supposed to be the same, the centre ball is lighter, I like it that way though. I’m thinking of using a darker turquoise later in the pattern.

What a relief to get to the rows where I wanted to put some pineapples in – well they are meant to represent pineapples. They are a bit titchy-tiny, but they are pineapples to me!

crocheted pineapples

You might remember I have a passion for Pineapples .

I’ll sneak them in where I can!

The ‘fruit’ is in Candle Light, the softest of pale yellows and the ‘leaves’ are in Lime Juice, which is slightly greener than in the photo.

The pattern I’m following is Helen Shrimpton’s Mandala Madness

with an alternative Spiro Star centre.

Over at Nanacathydotcom, Cathy holds a Knit and Natter on Fridays, so put the kettle on and pop over there for a good ol’ chinwag about all things yarny – she’s knitting gloves with fingers! The patience!

Orderly

shell collection from Abu Dhabi

touch, smell, remember

how did life get so busy

miss beachcombing days

 

AbuDhabishells

shell from Abu Dhabi

All these shells and pieces of coral were collected in Abu Dhabi in January 2014.

Two weeks of warm sunshine, sitting on the beach, wandering slowly along the shoreline, knitting, reading and arranging shells ……. ah! ………… sigh …….

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shell mandala

You might recognize some pieces that have been used in my shell pictures.

My entry for our One-A-Week Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt: ORDERLY

combining with

Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge: TOUCH and MISS

I could happily spend days arranging collections of objects in an orderly fashion – how about you?