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!
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.
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.