Mandala making is such a pleasure.
"What are they"
I hear you ask!
Well a mandala is a circular geometric pattern,
a beautiful colourful piece of crochet.
They are perfect for using up scraps of different coloured yarns,
for practising different stitches and just for the joy of making.
My home is full of them
and when we moved house recently
I had such fun unpacking them and
finding new homes for these treasures!
"What do you use them for"
I am often asked!
They make wonderful table centres,
are perfect as a mat under a jug of flowers or ornament.
I often use them just on their own
for the sheer indulgence
of having some colourful crochet on view to enjoy!
In the past I've made small plain coloured coasters,
medium and large mats
for vases and extra large as a table centre.
The week I've been exploring on Pinterest
and spent many happy hours browsing and collecting patterns.
There are many very talented and kind designers out there,
all around the globe,
who have written and published their patterns for free.
You can visit my collection
Last week I began making medium sized mandalas
and used the lovely pattern by Crochet Millan called
They measure 18cm in diameter
and are a perfect size for under a vase.
You can visit the blog and find her on
This week I have been using
It is a beautiful yarn with a soft sheen that does not split.
It is available in 29 gorgeous colours,
comes in great 100g balls and has fabulous stitch definition.
and I used a 3mm hook to give a nice firm texture.
So when you compare yarn prices do notice this ball
is double the size of most cottons
which are sold in 50g balls,
which makes it excellent value for money!
Photographing these beauties was such fun,
they are now listed in my
and are selling fast!
As you know it is my pleasure to share
and I like nothing more than setting up a photo shoot
here at Patchwork House to show you my crochet in action.
It is with great joy
that I read all your lovely comments and feedback
and I thank you for your continued interest in my work.
So following on from all the love that this
extra large table mat has received
I will be making some similar next week for my shop.
This mandala is 40cm diameter
and is most striking
as a table centre either alone or under a dish or vase.
After hours of admin behind the scenes,
doing all the necessary computer work
that goes along with my work here at The Patchwork Heart,
it's time or me to get back to my hook.
Just look at these gorgeous colours
I'm having the pleasure of this week!
My customer chose well
and I'm enjoying this juicy fruit colour recipe so much!
|Colour Recipe ~ Juicy Fruits
Colour Recipe ~ Stylecraft Special DK
in mustard, spice, tomato, fuschia purple, fondant, pale rose,
violet, bluebell, duck egg, sage and pistachio to be joined with denim
This is a Circle of Friends blanket using the pattern by
and again I am enjoying working in a production line!
If you missed my post a few weeks ago about
how I plan colours you can read it
Have a lovely hooky weekend my dears
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