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.
Can you see the hint of a darker turquoise?
This is how she looked just after I added that row:
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.
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.
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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.
Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for ‘In a Vase on Monday’
with Purple Loosetrife, Marigold, Gardeners Gaiters, Pelargonium, Erigeron
Cee for Flower of the Day
Crochet Spiro Star as a centre for Mandala Madness in Scheepjes BonBon cotton, using a 2mm hook.
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Tagged crochet and flower mandala, crochet as art, flower mandala, In a Vase on Monday, mandala, Spiro Star Centre to Mandala Madness
painting stars with yarn
to cover girls a-slumber
and bring sweet dreaming
I’m so excited to show you what I have done with the Scheepjes Stonewashed Yarn that arrived here this week. A Spiro Star at the centre of my second Mandala Madness, both patterns designed by Helen Shrimpton.
The colours are wonderful and slightly mottled, very restful to work with after the bright Stylecraft Special DK in my other crocheted mandala. I am really enjoying having both to go to for different moods and different times of day.
Even more exciting is that I have put together a photo tutorial showing how to marry the two patterns together. Helen has kindly given her permission for me to share it with you and I will do that tomorrow on W.I.P. Wednesday.
Little twirly happy dance!
and another skippy dance!
Tweeeeeeerrrrrrrrllllllll and skip …..
learning how to skip and type at the same time …….. * ……. ! ………^ …….. \ …. > ….
Stop – silly woman!
Eight pointed stars abound in the beginning of this project so I was able to sneak it in as this week’s One-a-Week Photo Challenge entry. Cathy and I have put a list together for the whole year so that you know what to look out for when you are out and about with your camera.
also joining in with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: PAINTED and LADY
(Substituting ‘lady’ with ‘girl’)
Please leave a link to your POINT in the comments.
Now back to the pointy mandala, its’s hard for me to put it down.
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Tagged haiku, Helen Shrimpton, Mandala Madness, One-a-Week Photo Challenge, Ronovan's Haiku Challenge, Spiro Star, Spiro Star Centre to Mandala Madness, weekly haiku challenge, weekly photo challenge