Free hand embroidery

I spend a good portion of my day planning, but when it comes to embroidery, I like to improvise. I go by feel and look.

Sometimes I’ll draw up the basic layout and let my imagination fill them in.

That’s what I did with this project, my Octopus’s Garden piece!

I’ve had this idea in my brain for years!

When I first started practicing embroidery, I tried a design I’ve had a lot of practice drawing – the mandala.

The mandala, meaning ‘circle’ in Sanskrit, represents the wholeness of the universe. The act of creating one represents the transformation of suffering to enlightenment.

They’ve become trendy lately, but I believe that is because their message is universal and they possess a unique beauty. They bring about feelings of completeness, synchronicity, and tranquility.

Just look at my doodle in a notebook from college. The practice of creating mandalas helped me focus and relax during class. I have an entire sketchbook that’s mostly filled with freehand mandalas. I filled it during a tumultuous time in my life. Drawing became my therapy. Maybe one day I’ll share those, but for now they are tucked away in storage.

When it comes to free hand embroidered mandalas, I’m sharing one of my first embroidery projects ever.

Nope, it’s not perfectly symmetrical. but nature isn’t perfect. Letting go of perfectionism was a big step for me. Free hand mandalas really helped!

It’s another piece I’m not sure I’ve finished. I originally started this to put on a backpack. I may still do that, but for now I just like seeing it on my wall.

Published by Christina

Hi there, I'm Christina and I spent the last 7 years adventuring around 6 different cities in upstate New York. My time in the Hudson Valley of NY has opened my eyes to a type of living I could only call ideal. The communities where I lived were based around local farmers, artisans, and service. I believe that is what formed my desire to create products that help my green life style by combining function, sustainability, and style. Join me on my quest to a fully sustainable life and attitude. I’m far from perfect, but I’m making some big strides and changes in how I live and the things I make. I’ll be sharing lots of DIY projects and tips for a sustainable lifestyle.

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