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 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)
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.
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.
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…..
…… 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?
Mandala Madness with alternative Spiro Star Centre. In Scheepjes Bonbon with a 2mm hook. I’m on the 5th 25gm ball of cotton in ‘Chrystaline’ (pale turquoise).
I have just started Part 10 and it measures just over 19.5inches or 49cm across.
Part 9 in just one colour was a bit of a slog, I’m looking forward to Part 10 when I will add some pale yellow and pale green again.
Spiro Star centre for Mandala Madness: photo tutorial here
Both patterns are by Helen Shrimpton
In Scheepjes Bonbon cotton thread with a 2mm hook.
Colours: Chrystaline, Lime Juice, Candlelight, and Snow White
(I am still having problems with ‘Photos’ on my computer, so I can not always edit as I would like – hence the top photo being quite dark)
The size so far:
I think it will be about a meter across when finished and might be used as a tabelcloth for an octagonal table I have in the sitting room – although after each round I look at it (a lot!), stroke it and imagine it framed on the wall – Yes I’m in love!!!
Does anyone else just have to stroke their yarny or sewing projects?