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Mindful Mandalas

Mindful Mandalas
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A mandala is a symbolic representation of the universe with an inner and outer world. The word mandala (circle) comes from ancient Indian Sanskrit. It is a powerful form, without beginning and end, just as the universe is believed to have no end. Mandalas have been used worldwide for centuries as a spiritual focus.

With this selection of gentle natural materials, I invite you to focus on the creation of simple stitches around each circle. The repetitive action of your needle in and out of the yielding blanket may help your busy mind to calm. There are no rights and wrongs here, and no pressure to follow a prescribed pattern.

The kit contains a piece of washed vintage woollen blanket which I have dyed with indigo. Soft and warm and a delight to stitch into, it does however have a history which we can imagine. Tucked under a mattress edge, wrapped warmly over a sleeping form and perhaps used for many years, each blanket develops differently. Within each one there will be worn areas and lightly felted sections, while elsewhere the warp and weft threads will still be clearly discernible. Indigo shades vary from piece to piece too. So, embrace the idiosyncracies of your blank canvas and incorporate them into your design.

The threads in the kit are my hand dyed wool/silk blend. They are strong and have a lovely sheen which will contrast nicely with the woollen blanket. I've also included some white or cream cotton perle and you can supplement or substitute any of these with your own stranded embroidery cottons or crewel embroidery wools or even simple machine sewing or quilting threads.

There's a needle, of course, and a tissue paper pattern and instructions on how to use it. Extra tissue paper too, so you can make more circles (or go off at a tangent and use the technique to transfer any shapes you like to the blanket).

The kit is delivered in a slim, letterbox-friendly box.

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