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What's On Heather's Hook - Mandalas

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

The wonderful Heather from The Patchwork Heart, has been busy crocheting beautiful mandalas. She has used our Mandala Cushion Crochet Pattern; giving it a new twist with bright colours and different uses in the home. We love it!

In common use, 'mandala' is the term used for a chart, diagram or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically. But mandalas can be found in Buddhist art from as early as the 14th and 15th centuries. A circular figure representing the universe, they are spiritual and ritual symbols in the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism.

We think that crochet mandalas are also spiritual and good for the soul. With the joy that the different colours bring and the mix of crochet techniques to keep your mind focused, they are a great way of helping you relax and unwind.

Using a delicious mix of shades from the Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK range, including some of the new shades recently added, Heather has created a gorgeous palette.

The shades Heather has used work really well together, but mandalas are a great way of experimenting with colour. Try your own combinations and let your creative juices flow.

This is the first side of the cushion cover. Heather used different yarn to the pattern, but the size came out perfectly to fit an 18 inch cushion pad.

The finished cushion is beautiful! Heather used the same shades for both sides of the cushion, but in different colour orders to give this lovely and effective ‘mis-match’ look.

Heather has also been busy making a large mandala table centerpiece using the same pattern. So the mandala lays flat, she used some blocking magic. Pinning it out and then spraying with cold water, it was then left to dry for 24 hours. Children's foam play mats make great blocking boards. They interlock and can be stacked when out of use for easy storage.

The finished mandala is so pretty! It will look prefect on a summery dining table and will equally brighten up the dullest of days. As the table centerpiece and cushion cover are crocheted in cotton, they are super practical and durable. We love them!

For more inspiring ideas for the home, take a look at our Nautical Style to Knit & Crochet blog post, or check out Heather's Rose Bouquets. Happy hooking!

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