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.
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.
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.
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.