Have you ever woven on a circular loom?
What you get, by default, is a woven circle, obviously! But have you ever wondered if you can achieve the same with a square loom, like the Kayu loom?
That’s what I asked myself a couple of weeks ago and started to warp and try.
What I thought could be even more wonderful was to be able to weave MANDALAS on them!
Have you ever drawn or colored mandalas? Here I tell you more about them.
Mandala is a word of Sanskrit origin (primitive language from India) and means “circle”.
A mandala represents the unity, harmony and infinity of the universe through the balance of visual elements.
In Eastern cultures, such as the Buddhist and Hindu, is where the first records of the design and use of mandalas have been found. They have as their objective the cessation of thought and the mind, aspiring to reach a meditative state.
In the Native American culture they were also present. The Aztecs also used mandalas!
The best-known example is in his calendar, which obeys the basic principles of these representations, since it starts from a central circle from which other figures radiate repetitively.
How are mandalas physically?
A Mandala is a structure of concentric designs that represent the fractal or repetitive composition of the universe and nature.
They are always worked in a circular way, as if in rings, increasing their volume more and more, creating figures that have specific meanings.
- spirals: healing energies
- labyrinth: inner quest
- heart: love, happiness, feeling of togetherness.
- cross: decisions, union of two opposites.
- butterfly: transformation, evolution.
- square: stability, balance.
- circle: safety, true self.
THERAPEUTIC USE OF MANDALAS
It was the psychiatrist Carl Jung who studied mandala designs from different cultures from all over the world for 20 years and found common characteristics: the fact that the design always starts from the center, is restricted by a geometric figure that is usually a circle or a polygon, and the rest of the figures can be replaced by figures that resemble them, such as flowers or crosses.
For him, these representations were an externalization of the collective unconscious, the expression of the totality of being, and therefore, they could be used as a therapeutic resource to work those emotional aspects that were repressed or not recognized.
Today, the use of mandalas as a therapeutic and anti-stress technique has spread. It can be implemented in various ways:
- Creation of a mandala: the person starts from some basic guidelines and prepares to draw and color their mandala. The use of geometric shapes and the chosen colors provides information to the therapist about certain emotional states.
- Coloring mandalas: as in the previous case, attention is paid to the use of the colors used, but in this case it is based on a design prepared in advance.
- Visualize a mandala: the person is provided with an already elaborated mandala and they must observe it for a few minutes, with the aim of inducing a state of relaxation.
- Mandalas in decoration: bedding, pendants, even furniture collect mandala figures to incorporate into daily use.
WEAVE A MANDALA
So if you have already colored mandalas before and you want to incorporate them into your life, through decoration or simply weaving them, as a therapeutic practice, I invite you to weave them!
In my case, I just followed what I was doing on the circular loom to warp and everything was quite intuitive, simple and fast.
I warped it and woven it in just a couple of hours!
In this video you can follow the whole process step by step to create your own mandalas.
Once the warping is finished, the challenge is to weave your mandala in the most creative and colorful way possible.
I leave you now with the basic materials you will need.
- Square loom 12×12″ (or smaller, but this size is used to make an adult hat). I recommend the Kayu loom, so you can choose the size of the square that you want to turn into a mandala.
The only requirement of the square pin loom you use is that the distance between the pins or nails is the same.
Remember that you can make your own square loom by following the instructions in this video.
- 100% cotton DK/Worsted yarn to make the warp
- Spare yarn you have, of any color, composition and thickness
- Yarn and tapestry needle (3 and 6″)
- Weaving comb or hair comb
I recommend using variegated yarns, because you don’t need to change the color of the yarn and achieve a wonderful color effect without a lot of effort.
To start weaving, choose freely from your leftover yarns.
Ideally start with a thin one, maybe the same one you used to make the warp and make the center of your mandala a solid color.
Play with the thicknesses, create your own stitches. Don’t forget to go over, under, over the strands of yarn… etc. (plain weaving) to achieve a basic weave.
At the end of a row, do not cut the thread, continue weaving in an endless snail.
FROM MANDALAS TO HATS
Now that you’ve woven your first mandala, can you think of what it could become?
Here is a list of ideas and suggestions:
- hats or berets
- wall hangings
- circle wrap vest
- circle wallet
- round floor cover
And of course, you can create many more ideas!
To remove the woven piece from the loom, check out this video that shows the entire process of weaving mandalas.
Once you remove the piece off the loom, pick up the stitches around the edge to crochet or knit the rounded side of a cute hat or beret.
Don´t forget to try it on from time to time, and add or skip stitches if necessary.
COLORS IN THE MANDALAS
So to inspire you even more, I leave you the meanings of the colors in the mandalas, so you can create your own with intention and purpose!
Here we go!
- Green: Hope, balance, growth, rejuvenation, nature, stability.
- Blue: Serenity, tranquility, freedom, truth, harmony, fidelity, progress, introspection, contemplation, loneliness, coldness, seriousness, loyalty.
- Red: Passion, love, strength, courage, impulsiveness, sexuality, desire, determination, blood, life, energy, danger, the forbidden, war.
- Yellow: Energy, happiness, intelligence, fun, optimism, innovation, joy.
- Orange: Optimism, health, warmth, enthusiasm, creativity, brotherhood, success, vitality, movement.
- Purple: Spirituality, power, mysticism, romanticism, majesty, authority, manipulation, sensuality.
- Pink: Sweetness, calm, delicacy, exquisiteness, gratitude, friendship, good humor, sensitivity.
- Brown: Stability, firmness, richness, compassion, tenderness.
- Black: Silence, depth, mystery, sobriety, power, independence, sadness, discouragement, receptivity.
- White: Purity, simplicity, cleanliness, freshness, optimism, innocence, clarity, longevity.
I hope that this project has motivated you to create your own mandalas and to create fascinating objects by using them.
I invite you to send pictures of your results to our Facebook Ullvuna Community and be part of it!
A creative hug!
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