Crochet-Off: DIY Crochet Mandala Wall Hanging Kit

I looked from the embroidery hoops to the finished mandalas and then back to the embroidery hoops. There had been much deliberation on how to complete the DIY Crochet Mandala Wall Hanging Kit. The color scheme I had chosen for my mandalas made it difficult for me to pick a yarn to connect them to the bamboo hoops. Michelle, my coworker and an avid crafter, suggested I use fishing line. “Brilliant!” I’d thought to myself.

So I once again found myself sitting at my kitchen table, hunched over my project—this time with a roll of clear fishing line clutched in my hand. How was I going to go about affixing these mandalas to the embroidery hoops? I was still contemplating my approach when my daughter, Kacey, entered the room. She stopped to observe.

“Do you even know what you’re doing?” she teased.

The answer to that question was a resounding “no,” but I wasn’t about to tell her that. I simply scowled at her and pretended not to hear her chuckles as she took her leave. It was at that point that a light bulb lit up in my mind. I suddenly remembered that the lovely and talented associate editor of Interweave Crochet, Sara Dudek, had written a blog post called “The DIY Crochet Mandala Wall Hanging Kit You Need Now”. In the post, she provided detailed instructions on how to complete the project. With my spirits lifted, I forged ahead. Two hours later, I had all the mandalas securely fastened to the hoops.

The next morning at the office, Michelle proudly showed off her finished work. She had taken the project a step further and painted her hoops black. She quickly informed me that if she’d had more time, she would have added beads to them as well. Suzanne and Jennifer needed a bit longer to finish their mandalas and didn’t yet have an update for me. The suspense is killing me on how their projects turned out!

I was happy with the way my wall hanging turned out. I loved that the kit allowed for as much creative freedom as I could put into it. It was versatile and fun. With one more crochet-off successfully in the bag, I breathed a sigh of relief.

Keep on hookin’ on,

—Dana Leigh

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