Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Have mandala, will travel

I need a handwork project to take on a trip tomorrow, so tonight I finally started a mandala, which I've been wanting to do ever since I reviewed the book "The Art of Mandala Meditation" here. I fused the basic shapes and I'll add embroidery and beading on the trip.

There are some patterns in the back of the book that allow you to make up your own colors, so I used this simple one and fused some hand dyes and painted fabric onto a background block that looks like the sky. The circle templates came in handy.

I used the bottom orange shape that looks like a sun, and the leftover orange shape on top will be a nice start for another mandala. I also have a stack of leftover circles and rings, already fused, for future projects.

Here's the package of circle templates made of sturdy material that you can cut around with a rotary cutter. This is the first time I've used them, and they're great. The block below is my first attempt, but I decided it looks too clunky for what I have in mind.

I don't know if I'll be able to blog over the next week, but when I come back I hope to have a beautiful completed mandala to show!

Have a colorful day


Julia said...

Looks nice already, can not wait to see it with stitches :-)

Julia DesertSpring said...

I really like the colors you used!

tiedyejudy said...

Nice! Looks like a fun project, fairly quick to finish! I can't wait to see the finished work!

Judy Ferguson said...

I use the circle templates on all kinds of projects. I just imagine that you will come back from your trip with something really special. Have fun.

Ladybug said...

You didn't say, but I hope you're somewhere sunny - warm wouldn't hurt either. Have fun and traveling mercies to you!

iQcotton said...

I so enjoy your quilt image at the top of your Blogspot, and the quote: "Life is a colorful quilt, and I'm stitching the pieces together." Wonderful! Simply wonderful!

Ann Marie & Andy