AtoZ Challenge...My Mandala Mania

AtoZ Letter M

The word 'mandala' itself means 'circle'...a Hindu/Buddhist graphic symbol of the spiritual universe.  For the modern western world a mandala is the "psychological expression of the totality of self" (Carl Jung).

For me, it became an opportunity to express myself in fiber, which morphed into somewhat of an addiction.  Hard as I tried not to be a 'Mandala OverDoSue Maniac', I could not stop myself from going round and round with my favorite crochet hook 'J' and a mixture of yarns and other fibers.  Would Jung have a field day with my psychological expression of self or what?

After several months of maniacal crocheting, cramped fingers, and aching shoulders, it ended with a collection/gallery of table centerpieces.  I did rugs, too, but that's another letter.
What's your 'Modern Mania Mandala' of Self Expression?


Leanne said...

I was thinking that you could just keep going and turn it into a rug - I bet you did didn't you? :) They're pretty and I especially like the bright colourful one at the beginning.

Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
M for Make It Happen

bookworm said...

I think I've run out of superlatives. I love your color combinations. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

Jui said...

This is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing :)

Wendy said...

As always your color combinations seal the deal. I keep imagining where I would use a Mandala.

Chase Klop said...

Beautiful! Makes me want to re-learn how to crochet!

Janet said...

I love the black, gray and red one the best. I never thought of mandalas in crocheting but it works of course. Good use for scraps too I'll bet. Thanks for sharing this!

Janet’s Smiles

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue - they are lovely .... and so many wonderful colours ... but great Mandalas - and what a fun hobby ... if you don't get too obsessive!! Cheers Hilary

peppylady (Dora) said...

I resently saw a mandala paint on rocks, by using a spirograph.
Coffee is on

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your crochet work is beautiful! I didn't realize this was a mandala pattern. The Mama crocheted pieces like these when I was a kid. She was a brilliant at that craft.

Marcy said...


Donna B. McNicol said...

These are beautiful!!

Donna B. McNicol|Author and Traveler
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