I had seen mandalas popping up on the Internet recently, but had not made one yet. So when Chrissie of Chrissie Crafts hosted a Mand-A-Long I decided that this was the time to make one.
Mandala is Sanskrit for circle. It is a spiritual symbol representing the universe in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
Chrissie asked what we would use our mandala for, which started me thinking about using it as something other than a doily. I decided to make my mandala in miniature as a piece of jewellery. I chose bright jewel-like colours in Anchor 8 Cotton Perle and used a 1.75mm hook. I adapted this Spoke Mandala pattern by Wink.
The spoke stitch is new to me, but even though it took me a couple of attempts at my first spoke the mandala was quick and easy to make. As this is going to be a piece of jewellery I needed to stiffen is somehow. So I made two mandalas, one without the spokes as the back piece and cut out a circle of clear plastic from some packaging. I think it was the front of the Christmas cracker box - I save all sorts of things! I then joined the two mandalas, back to back, using a slip stitch. Halfway around, I inserted the plastic and completed the join. The finished item is 7 cm in diameter.
I haven't yet decided whether to attach a brooch pin to the back or whether to insert a ring at the top to turn it into a pendant.
Thank you Chrissie for hosting this Mand-A-Long and to Wink for the original pattern.
Best wishes, Pj x