Inspired by… mandalas!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Mandala on PumoraThis week, I find myself inspired by mandalas – a sacred image, representative of the universe, and irresistibly symmetrical, they lend themselves very well to embroidery and fiber arts.

Not forgetting, of course, that it is Valentine’s Day, how about this gorgeous Free Valentine Mandala pattern by Anne Mende on Pumora? Anne worked her hearts in the dense, beautiful Rhodes stitch a needlepoint stitch – what a creative use for it!

Mandala Tutorial on Shiny Happy WorldHere’s a beautiful idea – the Mandala tutorial by Wendi Gratz on Shiny Happy World doesn’t require a pattern at all! Wendi walks you through the steps and stitches you can do, working from the center out, to create this gorgeous piece.

I’d love to tackle this project with a variety of different weights of threads, our Pearl Cotton, and some Light Effects floss as well. Wonderful!


Sampler Mandala pattern on Colored ThreadThis beautiful free Sampler Mandala pattern by textile artist Mariee on Colored Thread gives you an opportunity to learn and show off your embroidery stitches!

I think this would be breathtaking with our variegated or Color Variations floss. I would also vary the weights used – don’t overlook our beautiful Pearl Cotton Variations floss for a thicker, more textured stitch.


Mandala PDF pattern on Suppose Create DelightThis lovely free Mandala PDF pattern on Suppose Create Delight is another meditative way to practice your stitches.

The designers also include all the DMC floss colors and stitches you’ll need to complete your project!


Free Mandala Cross Stitch Pattern on AboutThis Mandala Cross stitch pattern by Connie G. Barwick on About uses traditional blackwork textures.

There are so many options for a pattern like this! I’d start off with Aida cloth and use either a single color of floss or Color Variations floss, or you could try out a vibrant floss palette like our 2013 new floss colors!


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