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 Adorned Crochet Mandalas

beaded crochet mandalas

I absolutely love the way that Leslie dealt with her ends on these mandalas – leaving them long and loose and adorning them with braids and buttons. It’s brilliant, and it’s an idea that I’m definitely going to incorporate into some of my projects! I liked the idea even more when I read all about it in Leslie’s letter. She wrote:

crochet mandalas contribution

Before beginning my contributions, I had never crocheted a mandala before. While I knew how to make a magic circle and how to crochet in the round, I had previously only used these techniques to create hats and toys. I dove into this project with no particular pattern in mind and my bag of leftover yarn.

braided crochet mandala

I left the ends on purpose, choosing not to weave them in. In my own projects, I often have anxiety towards weaving the ends of the yarn in after a color change – so much so that I will sometimes decide to use only one color to minimize having to do so. It’s not rational – but then neither is anxiety and depression. I braided and added buttons to the exposed ends, in an attempt to illustrate that we should let our figurative loose ends be seen instead of trying so hard to hide them.”

Meet the Maker

circular crochet mandala

This terrific contribution comes from Leslie Rayborn who writes:

mandalasformarinke details of crochet

That feeling of dread when you feel a bout of depression / anxiety coming on and you can’t do anything to stop it. You can’t explain it to others. You can’t make it go away.

I did not know Wink. I didn’t even stumble across her Instagram until after her passing. It hurts my heart that such a kind, creative soul is gone too soon.

crochet mandala blue green purple

I have been personally medicated for depression since my son was born five years ago. Looking back, though, I see that I have been wrestling with anxiety and depression for much longer. Everyone called it stress.

One day at a time, we can create something beautiful, even through all the chaos.”

Connect with Leslie on Instagram (@lrayborn), Twitter (@leslierayborn) and Facebook (RaybornRambles).

Words by Wink

mandalas crochet mandalasformarinke

In November 2013 Wink shared:

“My house has been overtaken by WIPs! For real. There are WIPs everywhere! Most of them are in my craft room/office space: at my desk, under my desk, in the closets, on shelves, in bags; but there are also WIPs in the living room: in the basket next to the couch, on the coffee table, next to the coffee table, at the dinner table… It’s clear to me that the end of the year is almost here, which always is a very busy time for me! But it’s a good kind of busy :) I love seeing the WIPs everywhere”

About Depression and The Peyton Heart Project

crochet mandalas by lrayborn

Several people have sent me links to The Peyton Heart Project, so I know that some of you already know about it, but I want to make more people aware of it in case you haven’t seen it yet. This is a loving crochet art project created by the Sidewalk Smiles Campaign (see below) in collaboration with the father of a thirteen year old boy, Peyton, who succumbed to suicide in 2014 after extensive bullying. You can read more of Peyton’s story in this post on Stitch and Unwind.

crochet hearts

People interested in participating in this project can make their own hearts (knit, crochet, or any other craft if you prefer). Then:

“Make a little tag with an uplifting message to the recipient, include the hashtag #PeytonHeartProject on there so people can find more information later. Leave it anywhere you think someone might need a little smile, or even give it to someone directly if you know they need a little extra boost. You never know what the person who receives the heart is going through, so this might the little bright light that keeps them going.”

Crafters can also make hearts and send them to the project to be distributed to others who would like to yarnbomb with the hearts but don’t want to make them themselves.

It explains on the Peyton Heart Project Facebook page that:

“The Peyton Heart Project is a tiny little division of the Sidewalk Smiles Campaign (SSC). The SSC was created by Julia Kubin when she was 13. Her mom, Jill, created the Peyton Heart Project as an extension of the suicide prevention and bullying prevention projects Julia has been working on since launching the SSC in 2014.”

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. Peyton Heart Project Reply

    Thank you for posting about my project. Please note that that although Peyton’s dad is helping me admin the Facebook page, he did not create the project. You will see this detail mentioned further down in the post where it says “…Jill, created the Peyton Heart Project as an extension of the suicide prevention and bullying prevention projects Julia has been working on since launching the SSC in 2014.” One of the newspapers made the error saying that it was created by Peyton’s dad and the incorrect information has been getting passed along through the internet ever since. Would you be so kind as to correct it please? Thank you.

  2. Wow! What a beautiful representation of Wink. . I’m sure she would have loved the braided loose ends as she wore her hair like that! They so reminded me of her dreadlocks. And such a great metaphor from Leslie about those bare, loose ends of our lives that do exist being beautiful and excepting them for what they are. Powerful analogy.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Oh yes, great reflection of how the braids are so similar to Wink’s hair. Love that!

  3. Love the mandalas. Was just having a conversation today with friends about bullying so have shared the link to this post with them. The video is so inspiring. And I love the idea of the hearts. Best wishes, Tammy

    • Kathryn Reply

      So glad that you’re able to share that project with others. It’s an important one.

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