Monday, August 18, 2014

Mandala Monday

I'm always inspired by Dawn's Mandala Monday posts.
She makes the most beautiful mandalas with items from nature.
She also draws some lovely ones as you can see here.

Mandalas are used as a form of meditation to gain knowledge from within.
And drawing or coloring mandalas is a way of nurturing creativity.
If you google mandala images, you can find some amazingly detailed work.
It takes patience to draw symmetrical designs
that are pleasing to the eye.
Although the process was relaxing, I definitely need much more practice.

The project below is from the Nicki Trench Crochet Living book and is called a Dashing Doily.
 But for today I'm calling it a Marvelous Mandala.
Much easier than drawing.

Have a great new week!


Diane said...

Hope you had a good Monday and have a good week, too.

Anonymous said...

Crochet (or knitting) can be marvelously meditative too.

Your meditative mendala is beautiful (and useful too!).

Anonymous said...

Ah, you are so kind {{hands together}} Thank You.
I love hand-drawn mandalas that have little quirks here and there (I don't use a compass or rulers when I draw mine). I love the "mistakes" for they express our humanness and that is something sacred in my book.
Crocheted Mandalas are amazing! I love to look at all the different ways to add color to change the feel of a simple circular shape.
Happy Mandala Monday, Tammy!!

crafty cat corner said...

Beautiful Tammy, I like the colour combinations too.
I've never made a mandela and yours makes me want to have a go.

Betsy said...

Very pretty. I've never made a Mandela but sure have seen a lot on blogs lately!

Becca said...

I love mandalas! Your crochet piece is lovely too! I once took a free online class to draw!

Teresa Kasner said...

Hi Tammy.. how are you? Love your colorful mandala/doily! I made a big colorful crochet bunting while at camp.. I just posted.. hope you come see. Thanks again for your gift! You are so generous! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

podso said...

Hi Tammy, Thanks for your visits lately. I love your marvelous mandala. The colors are lovely. I see you are crocheting bowls and I've really gotten hooked on making them lately. They are so much fun, especially multi colored and seeing how it will all come out. We've started a yarn group at our church to knit and crochet various projects--baby things, blankets or shawls for cancer patients, and on it goes. Many needs and we get together once a month to keep us focused.

Pradeepa said...

Crocheted mandalas are always pleasing to the eyes. It's quite easy to whip up one and you can make it as colourful as possible. A nice way to use your scrap yarns too. Have a happy week!

Mrs. Micawber said...

It's beautiful! I love the drawn mandalas too. :)

Gracie Saylor said...

Tammy! You got me started on a great Google search for mandalas. I have more to learn, but was fascinated by what I have read so far. Your red, white and blue crocheted doily is so pleasing to view. What is your method for hiding joining color changes? I was surprised to learn in your last post that you are back in school already! I hope you are off to a good school year. xx

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
At least you gave the drawing a good try and as you said, we need to practice and cannot succeed just the very first try!
Your crocheted one looks very colorful.
Enjoy the remainder of your 1st workweek after summer vacation.

Everyday Things said...

love mandalas and your crocheted one is just stunning!

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

eh! eh! eh!!!! ;oD
lovely mandala, btw!
xxxxx Ale

linda said...

Looks like you have caught the mandala bug too Tammy it is very catching, love your it's beautiful. :)xx

sajuki said...

great !
Greetings from Poland :)

Jennifer said...

Your mandala is beautiful. I really like them, though I haven't made any yet. Hope you have a good week!

Lorrie said...

Hello Tammy,
Lovely drawings by your friend, and one gorgeous doily mandala. The colours and patterns are so striking.

Createology said...

Crocheting is much easier than drawing for me too. Lovely dear...

Yarni Gras! said...

that mandala is lovely. Have a great year!!!

Mistea said...

Pretty mandalas!
I like your drawings, playing with colours is always fun. Nice doily/mandala, love the bold colours.

Amy at love made my home said...

I love crocheting mandalas and agree that they are much easier to make than drawing them must be! xx

Dagmar said...

Love seeing how these are created, some stunning the photos Tammy!

Sam I Am...... said...

I had that Nicki Trench book on my list to get. I love her designs and the colors she uses and that mandala.

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