Happy Holiday Monday!
Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her wonderfully heartwarming ‘In a Vase on Monday’. Pop over and visit her post and in the comments you can click on links to visit vases from gardens all over the world – and bathe in a flurry of flower petals.
I’m playing with primroses, hebe leaves and hyacinth pips to create a couple of mandalas
I’m caught up in a meditation of mandalas at the moment
This is a paid for pattern: Illusion Mandala designed by Tatsiana of Lilla BjornCrochet.
It made my brain ache the first time I made it and it took me a week to make – but it is a fantastic pattern with very clear instructions and a photo tutorial.
So I started another
All made with Stylecraft Special DK and a 4.5mm hook
I do hope you are having a bright and happy weekend wherever you are
Also joining Cee’s Flower of the Day.
Posted in art from natural objects, Crochet, garden, mandalas, Vase on Monday
Tagged acrylic painting on canvas, crochet mandala, flower and crochet mandala, flower mandala, hebe, hyacinth pips, In a Vase on Monday, mandala, mixed media, primrose
and in a crochet mandala celebrating our clocks Springing forward here in the UK.
Scheepjes Sweet Treat Cotton
Pattern: Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton with a plain centre
One of my granddaughters was born on Primrose Day so I will be using the one of these photos to decorate her birthday card.
Joining Cathy and her happy band of gardeners for In a Vase on Monday.
Have you tried any of the yarn ‘cakes’ that seem very popular at the moment?
I had to have a go and started with a Stylecraft Special Candy Swirl, colour: Fruit Salad
I especially like the ones I’ve seen where the colours gradually blend into each other, so I was a little disappointed that this one did not do that…..
…… but I was absolutely amazed that it seemed to have been created perfectly for Zoya Matyushenko’s design ‘Sol’, with the colour changes occurring on or near each round change. I did not cut the yarn at all, this is exactly as it came out, with a little yarn to spare.
The yarn is 100% acrylic DK worked with a 4mm hook.
I loved making it but now that it is finished and blocked, I don’t really have a use for it.
It measures 17″ or 43cm across
It could be a large table mat, or attached to fabric to make an 18″ cushion cover – do you have any other ideas?
Would anyone like it?
I’m offering it to you lovely lot first – after a week I’ll put it in my Etsy shop at a nominal price.
The ‘cake’ cost £6.99 but I’m happy for it to go to a good home for free. I would love it to be used in some way.
You can go to my ‘Contact Me’ page and message me if you would like it.
I’m not expecting a rush, but if there is more than one person who would like it, I’ll put names in a hat and draw one out next Friday.
Over at Nanacathy’s place there’s much to have a good old yarny natter about
Progress so far.
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.
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 line
so I broke it up with some of the pale turquoise.
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.
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:
- Spiro Star at the centre (tutorial here)
- Baby pineapples in Part 10, instead of bobbles in diamonds
- Plain single crochet instead of extended single crochet in Part 12.
- Missing out the back posts in Round 86 to create a slightly more broderie anglaise effect.
- 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.
Progress so far
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!
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!
touch, smell, remember
how did life get so busy
miss beachcombing days
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 …….
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
Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge: TOUCH and MISS
I could happily spend days arranging collections of objects in an orderly fashion – how about you?
Posted in art from natural objects, haiku, Haiku Challenge, mandalas, Photo Challenge
Tagged Abu Dhabi shells, collection and display, coral, haiku, mandala, One-a-Week Photo Challenge, Ronovan's Haiku Challenge, shell collection, shell mandala, shells