Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Circles Mandalas and Dream Catchers.





As you can see, this week I have been going round in circles. I have been looking at some of the beautiful mandalas that have been submitted for show at YarnDale. They are amazing and inspiring so I had to have a go. The other thing that I had been dying to try was overlay crochet .
The results of putting the two ideas together are here. All done in Rico essentials double knitting cotton.









I am pleased with the results although the colour schemes were dictated by what was already in my stash. Perfect excuse to buy more yarn (as if I needed one)

While I was rummaging for cotton I found an old pattern for a doily which I have converted (by way of the two copper rings from an old lamp shade ) into a pair of dream catchers. These are the perfect excuse to use up ribbons and beads (and anything else) from your stash.

This one is not finished yet but it is made using some rainbow ribbon yarn equivalent to about 4ply I should think.















Lastly Graham and I went to Farnham yesterday to check if the castle was suitable to take Ben and Danny to. It was very good with some quite hair raising views through glass panels to the ground. While we were there we discovered The University of the Creative Arts has a Craft Study Centre which is open to the public. I can really recommend a visit.

6 comments:

  1. The mandalas are gorgeous and love the adapted doilly/dreamcatcher. What a great idea!
    Jacqui

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  2. Thank you Jacqui - I love it when I can find a new use for things like the lamp shade rings.

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  3. Love your mandalas - great way to try overlay crochet...and the dream catchers are fab - how ingenious to use the lampshade rings!
    I found it tricky to keep count when I went round in circles - so the patterned and picot edge had to be plain!!
    Ali x

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    1. I am completely hooked (sorry) on the overlay mandalas more to come so watch this space. I completely understand the keeping count thing so I have crab stitch and slip stitch edges.
      Lynn

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  4. Hi there, just having a belated catch up on my reading!. Just love the advent calendar with the idea of making/giving it for a craft friend-how amazing would that be to receive? Buttons? bit of a lover of buttons sooo you can never have enough.
    Like Jacqui love the doily dream catcher especially and the raised detail in the mandalas.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind comments it is very encouraging and we are as one mind as far as buttons are concerned!
      Lynn

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