Sunday, 16 April 2017

Mandala wall hanging

Finally finished my wall hanging mandala. Unfortunately it's proving very difficult to photograph. This is the best I can do.

It looks creased here but it isn't. The close ups look better. The close ups below start with the tree in the centre which is supposed to be some sort of tree of life. Then the five arches represent various elements of out world. From left to right they are the sea, the sky, the sun, the rain and the earth.

And the figures at the bottom represent the different types of life on earth; animals of the air, the water and the land.

The centre of the whole thing is based on traditional Buddhist mandalas. It looks a bit better in this picture.

I really enjoyed designing this but one thing I've learnt is how important the feel of a piece is. I normally work on a quilted background but this is flatter. To help it keep its shape I backed it with some fairly stiff interfacing and I have to say I really didn't enjoy the stiff feel as I worked. I think in future I will just back things with cotton. I don't like using an embroidery frame for the same reason; I like to feel the material.

I've recently put a few of the things I've made on etsy but I'm not really expecting to sell anything. I've noticed that unframed textiles don't tend to sell and I'm not that fussed so it's not worth framing them. It would be quite nice to sell one or two just to lighten the pile a bit and provide some funds for more materials!

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