mandalas for marinke

Here is the next of the beautiful, inspiring, special contributions coming in to the #MandalasForMarinke remembrance project. I am grateful for each and every amazing contribution. You are invited to join; learn more here.

Beautiful Crochet Mandala

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This colorful crochet mandala is made using the spoke mandala free crochet pattern by Marinke. This seems to be one of her most popular mandala patterns and I can see why; the texture of the spokes adds fascinating texture and dimension to the piece.

Meet the Maker

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This terrific crochet mandala contribution comes to us from Alessandra Hayden of Just Be Happy. She is a terrific crochet designer originally from Brazil who is now a SAHM of 2 here in the United States. Her designs have been published widely in craft calendars and magazines, on her own blog and through Ravelry. Her work has often been featured here on Crochet Concupiscence.

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Words by Wink

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I thought I’d share a lighthearted fun fact from Wink today, shared on her blog in 2011:

“I love music. I play like 13 different instruments and used to own even more! Sadly I had to get rid of some of them because of the space issue, but I still own (and would NEVER get rid of) my first love, the flute, an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar and a couple of other wooden flutes & recorders and tin whistles.

In 2013, Wink shared a more complete post about her musical history, which she ended by saying:

“If you ask me what my one dream is, it’s definitely music. I would love love love to go to music school and really develop my talent and just play!”

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About Depression

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One purpose of this project is to raise awareness about depression so each post will end with some facts, thoughts or quotes about depression, suicide and/or mental health. Since we’ve already mentioned music, I thought I’d share some information about how music therapy is used in the treatment of depression.

In a small clinical study published in 2011, “Researchers found that adults who were given music therapy sessions, in which they played drums or instruments such as xylophones, showed fewer symptoms of depression or anxiety than those who just had standard counseling.” Another study a few years before that found that “listening to music can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 per cent and depression by up to 25 per cent”. So it seems that both making and listening to music can be healing for people with depression. The American Music Therapy Association has found that music can also help people on the autism spectrum.

Many of the benefits of making music are similar to the benefits of crafting for depression. It is the act of creative expression, the focus of the mind on a positive outlet, the creating within community that all come together to provide benefits that can help reduce the impact of depression.

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All contributions to Mandalas for Marinke are welcome and will help raise awareness about depression while honoring her work in the same way that this great contribution has done today. Details to join here.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. Alessandra Hayden Reply

    Thank you for your kind words and once again, I have to say that I am very proud to be part of this project. The idea of this touching someone in need is just beautiful. Thanks for being so thoughtful.

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