The word Mandala means 'circle' and they're often considered to be sacred and used in meditation and as a ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism.
I just think that they're pretty and allow for lots of creativity :)
For the Flava Fresh! XII Exhibition Series for 2015-2016, I knew that I wanted to create crocheted circles (I did Granny Square variations last year) and of course I planned to include some Mandalas.
From what I've read, as for crocheting, the difference between doilies and Mandalas is the type of fiber and colors used. They can both be a wide variety of sizes ranging from coasters to wall art. Mine are 23 inches in diameter.
I chose to attach mine to large quilting hoops and was challenged with how to cover the hardware that attach the 2 hoops. With the first one the Mandala is crocheted onto the hoop so I extended some of the stitches and glued yarn to the part of the hoop that extends past the hoop. For the 2nd two, I made the Mandalas larger so they cover the extra part of the hoop.
For all three, I used burlap as the background. I make canvasses using burlap for my other crochet pieces so I wanted them all to be consistent.
These will be on display at the Garfield Park Arts Center from
August 1-29, 2015.
Crocheted Mandalas are not that hard to make and very easy to create your own design. Just experiment and see where your hook takes you!