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Extract from Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas • By Hazel Blomkamp, Di Van Niekerk, and Monique Day-Wilde • Published by Search Press

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Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas
Skill level: Intermediate | Dimensions: 200 mm (8“) diameter

Unsure whether it was Victorian change rooms on a local beach or her Dutch heritage that inspired this design, Monique used red, blue and white of the Dutch flag to colour the original mandala, and added orange — the Dutch national colour. With loads of texture in the embroidery interpretation, darker tones of blue and red were offset by lighter shades of green and orange, with touches of lilac and yellow in the form of flowers suggestive of little house gardens.

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© 2019 Hazel Blomkamp / Search Press · Reproduced with permission. · ‘Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas’ by Hazel Blomkamp & Di Van Niekerk ISBN: 9781782217053 RRP Price: £15.99 Publisher: Search Press Available from www.searchpress.com
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  • Step 1

    Use two strands unless other­wise stated, and attach beads with the same colour thread as the bead.

    Reverse chain stitch 4045 whipped with 2123.

  • Step 2

    Single beads 11° 16F

  • Step 3

    Buttonhole flowers, two with 3314, two with 4633. Single beads 11° 574 in centre of each flower.

  • Step 4

    Detached chain stitch flowers F15. Single beads 11° 554 in the centre of each flower.

  • Step 5

    All leaves detached chain stitch 2123.

  • Step 6

    Split backstitch 4623 around the inner heart shape. Cover with satin stitch 1316 from outside of split backstitch. Outline with back stitch 1316. Outside line of heart reverse chain stitch 4210.

  • Step 7

    Reverse chain stitch 4045 whipped with 2123.

  • Step 8

    Satin stitch 4623.

  • Step 9

    Each row that creates the wall of this small house is vertical satin stitch. Starting from the top, two rows F15, three rows 2123, two rows 4623, three rows 3314.

  • Step 10

    Work each petal with vertical satin stitch 1316. Single bead 11° 554 in the centre of the flower.

  • Step 11

    Work each of the lines with backstitch 4210. Fill the spaces with vertical rows of chain stitch 4240.

  • Step 12

    Outline house with backstitch 4210.

  • Step 13

    Horizontal satin stitch 498.

  • Step 14

    Two to three rows vertical chain stitch 4126

  • Step 15

    Trellis couching – cross stitch 2, using 4623 for the trellis and 3314 for the small cross stitch.

  • Step 16

    The two parallel lines are reverse chain stitch 4240, the dome backstitch in single strand of the same thread. Stitch single beads 11° 19F between the parallel lines, using the photograph to guide you.

  • Step 17

    Work basic trellis couching 4210 over the inner heart. Work inward-facing buttonhole 4623 around the outside edge of the heart.

  • Step 18

    Stitch single beads 11° 19F above and below the heart.

  • Step 19

    Three rows reverse chain stitch 4240. Start each row at the point, working down to the bottom on each side.

  • Step 20

    Diagonal basic trellis couching, single strand 4126.

  • Step 21

    Reverse chain stitch 4240.

  • Step 22

    Single bead 11° 16F.

  • Step 23

    Three rows reverse chain stitch 2123. Start each row at the point, working down to the bottom on each side. Outline with backstitch, single strand 4126.

  • Step 24

    Each blade a series of five to seven cross stitches 2123.

  • Step 25

    Both lines whipped backstitch 4126.

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