I love that several people have mentioned sentiments similar to this one, that many people are choosing not to beat themselves up for not being “perfect” at their crafting but instead to celebrate the beauty in what they have made. This means so much to me to see in the world!
If you follow my Sunday Instagram roundup posts then you’ve already seen some of the magical, inspired work that artist Oliviartcreations has shared there. I love what she does. It has a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and a terrific sense of color, and I wanted to share more of it here with you today.
This crochet mandala comes to us from Tammy S. Asad, an American who has been living in Kuwait for the past twenty years. She shared: “My cousin taught me to crochet when I was about 20 but my work and ability to read patterns only took off when I started my blog (T’s Daily Treasures) six years ago. Wink had a knack for color and natural creativity that was so inspiring. I found her blog when looking for a mandala pattern and was immediately drawn to her colorful projects.
Crafter Anneke writes: “As a tribute I used Marinke’s pattern of the very symbolic Spoke Mandala. The colors symbolize the bright, beautiful and talented creative being she was. She brought sunshine in many lives. The blue stands for Sky/ Heaven. Her spirit will live forever.”
Crafter Lisette shared: “I saw Wink’s peacock butterfly mandala and fell in love with it, but I had nothing to do with it one completed, so I chose at the time not to make it. When I heard the sad news and learned about this project, I knew it was time to make it.”
“This is my first Mandala and I enjoyed making it so I’m sure that it won’t be my last. It’s not quite perfect but I think that’s quite appropriate given the circumstances as surely if we were perfect we wouldn’t have to live with the terrible illnesses broadly encompassed by the term “depression”.
Mandalas for Marinke has received so many great crochet mandala contributions, and the deadline has been extended so even more people can participate. I suggested that people use Wink’s mandala patterns, because it’s a great way to allow her work to continue inspiring others even though she is now gone. However, the project does accept crochet mandalas of any design, and a lot of people have asked me where to get good designs, so I thought I’d round up some other crochet mandala patterns in addition to Wink’s.