Dancing in the Round

It’s happy dance time as I’ve just finished embroidering my mandala…

I started it exactly a month ago at my Embroiderers Guild meeting, I popped the kit in my bag as a back-up project in case I had chance to start it and I did! It was a kit I bought at one of the shows I went to last year. The photo on the front of the kit doesn’t do it any justice, luckily the stand had some samples embroidered and I was spoilt for choice. The kit is by a French company called Chat Dans L’aiguille.

I have really enjoyed stitching this piece, it’s a very relaxing type of embroidery. The design was printed on the linen, so all I had to do was follow the lines with the right colours and stitches.

Embroidered Mandala

There’s a good mixture of stitches too, stem and chain stitch for most of the lines, button hole, spider web roses and french knots. The colours are very pretty. The instructions said it may take several hours of soaking to remove the transfer once it was stitched, but with a dash of a delicate fabric handwash it was gone within minutes.

Embroidered Mandala

I’m going to hang it in my sewing room as hoop art, I’ve popped it in a plain wooden frame for now but I’ll keep my eye open for a pretty one at the shows this year. At Harrogate show I bought a lovely hoop which was painted with a turquoise marble effect, I just bought a small one but something like that in pink would be perfect.

Embroidered Mandala

I’ve enjoyed it so much I’m tempted to do more, then comes the problem of what to do with several mandalas…well, a project I’ve had in mind for several months now is a textile book with the theme of the song ‘Windmills of my Mind’, mandalas might be just the thing! It’s going to have to wait until I’ve finished (not that I’ve even started it yet!) my mum’s textile book.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to Dancing in the Round

  1. katechiconi says:

    Very pretty, I love the colours!

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  2. tialys says:

    That is so pretty – it makes me wish I did embroidery (well, almost).

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  3. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s very pretty and as always your work is exquisite.

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  4. Laura says:

    As always, your stitching is lovely!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    A lovely bit of soothing beauty, perfect for your sewing room!

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  6. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This mandala is splendid. So many ideas and so little time.

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  7. That is so beautiful! It seems kind of meditative!

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  8. karenfae says:

    that is a very pretty piece it caught my eye when I was getting my link on her site. Where did you get the piece if you don’t mind me asking – I like pre-printed for something a little easy now and then

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  9. That is absolutely gorgeous! I love the design and the colours! Beautifully done!

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  10. Pat says:

    Beautiful pattern and stitching. I wandered in from Slow Stitching Sunday. Happy Stitches … 🙂 Pat

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  11. Kim Sharman says:

    Oh, I love the idea of you stitching a textile book. I can only imagine what beauty would sit within the covers. Your Mandela is exquisite! The colours are lovely and each different embroidery stitch is amazing. I can see why there is a happy dance happening!

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