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Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas


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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Materials and how to use them 6

Mandalas 12-68
- Designs vary from quietly stunning designs inspired by traditional motifs, through to stark and modern monochrome palettes and mesmerising seashore patterns

Gallery of stitches 69

Templates 88

About the Author

Di van Niekerk is a professional fibre arts teacher and designer and has her own range of hand-painted silk and organza ribbon and printed panels for embroidery that are exported worldwide. Her bestselling books - including The Art of Felting and Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Little Flowers in Silk and Organza Ribbon, Roses in Silk and Organza Ribbon, Monograms & Words in Ribbon Embroidery and Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork - have been translated into many languages. Her mission is to teach silk ribbon embroidery, integrating it with other crafts such as card making, jewellery making, knitting, crazy quilting, fibre art and dress design to show just how easy, enjoyable and rewarding this hobby is.


Stitch twenty-seven beautiful mandalas using the gorgeous drawings of Monique Day-Wilde married to the sewing skills of Hazle Blomkamp and Di van Niekerk. Using a combination of freestyle stitches plus some other needlecrafts you can bring these designs to life and use them to adorn your home and wardrobe.

Mandalas and embroidery - a wonderful combination! This book brings needlecrafts into the 21st century with an option of coloured prints as well as line drawings plus all the materials you can find from floss to beads. Stitch on plain cloth or try the latest embroidery style by stitching on patterned fabric and augment your work with ribbon, trapunto and applique. The mandalas range from the abstract to those featuring "real" motifs such as shells, flowers, feathers, stars, snowflakes and more. Some are seasonal, and three are sea inspired which pleased me! The book states that it is ideal for "rank beginners" as well as experienced stitchers, not a claim I would make; improver level upwards as there is too much for a newbie to cope with. However, the stitch and technique diagrams are very easy to read so a beginner could certainly learn freestyle embroidery from this book. Each project has a list of what you need, a large photograph of the finished design and written instructions. The numbers correspond with numbers on one of more diagrams so you know what goes where. Projects are also graded from 1-3 for difficulty and a finished size is given in metric and imperial. The mandalas range from 51/2" to 11" and some are shown worked using the plain line patterns while others show what you can do with a coloured pattern. Instructions are given on how to do both methods; you will need a special type of iron-on paper or a copy shop for the coloured variety, and all patterns need enlarging. As I said earlier, this is a book of modern embroidery so some technology is required alongside the needles and thread. A beautiful book for the keeper shelf.

-- Rachel Hyde * *

What I love about this beautiful book is that not only can I indulge in my love of embroidery but it also gives me the opportunity to try new things.

Colouring, beading and other stunning techniques can be incorporated to make a wonderful design. The intricacy of each pattern is two things.. they are beautiful and on closer inspection they are simple. This makes them easy for beginner embroiderers and gives advanced stitchers the chance to develop skills and add a more personal touch to their design.

This is a brilliant teaching tool. The instructions are easy to understand and each project is given a skill level: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

There are templates to copy, and each project comes with a DMC colour recommendation. Of course there is no reason why you cannot use your own choice of thread and colour scheme.

The finished designs are beautifully photographed and this is a book filled with embroidery inspiration. It really is beautiful.

-- Tracy Shephard * Postcard Reviews *

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