Crochet Mandalas: Art and Mindfulness
Post by Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence
Crochet mandalas are all the rage right now. They can be used as art, made into home décor or worked by the crocheter as a form of meditation.
Traditionally a mandala is a symbol associated with Hindu and Buddhist spirituality. It has a variety of purposes in the religions, including serving as an aid to meditation. Crochet is a repetitive craft that can be used to meditate and achieve mindfulness so a crafter could definitely find inspiration in crocheting mandalas as part of their spiritual practice.
However, you don’t have to attribute certain beliefs to the making of mandalas to find them powerful simply as beautiful works of art. Artists including Xenobia Bailey and Stacey Glasgow have done intricate crochet mandala work. There are also many simpler crochet mandala patterns available from designers including Barbara Smith (including the gorgeous free mandala pattern above), Marinke Slump and CAROCreated.
Crochet mandalas are beautiful art to hang on the wall. However, they are also functional. Use them as rugs, coasters and doilies. Try your hand at making one using the Sun Blossom Mandala Doily free crochet pattern from Red Heart designed by Diane Lavos.