Sitting at the table with my husband one day he says:
- What about some placemats that can be arranged to create a mandala in the middle of the table after meals?
- You mean like a flower? - I asked and started to draw the petals, then some leaves and the middle....
- These could be mug rugs and that one is a hot pad - he says.
- That would look great - I said drawing and colouring.
- How about some seasonal ones? - he says.
...There we were the next day with six different designs drawn already and six more on our minds to create later. A couple of them for Halloween, another two for Christmas, plans for Easter and of course some every day delights.
On the flower mandala (two pictures above) the two sides of the petals, leaves and middle are made of different colours therefore it is like having two different sets at once.
The next few weeks I was very busy drawing the templates on the computer, creating the models, playing with colours and choosing fabrics, writing down the instructions, taking photos of the process and the finished projects in use. And of course my husband was very busy too editing and designing the booklets on the computer.
After all the hard work we are happy to announce that the first three ("Every Day Delight Series"), the every day favourites are done and ready to share.
There are more sets coming up soon for Halloween and Christmas!
In the "Ladybird set" the placemat leaves are two sided. One is a lighter, the other one is a darker green. There are several arrangements possible.
I can tell, I enjoyed every bit of making them all. They are not just easy enough for even beginners, but can be done in a day or so. (It took longer for me for I had to document everything on the way.) But I had fun and as a result there are clear instructions with lots of photos for each set for you to use and enjoy. While making I was thinking about all the variations and options I could make it even more unique and personal with. I thought what nice gifts these could make for Christmas or birthdays. Not to mention our own dinner table that is decorated with unique and seasonal mandalas every day from now on.
If you are interested in making them for yourself, you can find the patterns on Craftsy. You can get them as a single or in sets of three for a better deal.