ONL 155 – “The Tinctorium Mandala”

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Please note that this are not genuine fabric colors of any manufactuer. The colors have been hand-chosen by me, as they represent an array of colors which act as a decent, though emphasizing background for my intricate design. I strongly recommend to avoid any bold colored and/or mottled so-called "hand dyed" fabrics. Your months-long work on details and specialitles will be lost in any agitated background.

This is the  “THE TINCTORIUM Mandala”,

which will be – in the layout- a sibling to


It depicts a garden for dying plants. Medieval ages made most of any plants and herbs in various ways. Of course for meals and healing purposes, but as well herbs, plant parts, and fruit were used to dye spun threads and woven fabrics to beautiful colors.

I have designed this piece with a color “circle” in mind – from yellows over oranges to red, to purple, to blues and greens. If you ever dyed your threads yourself with any plant matter, you will know that the colors are mostly soft, natural, and just beautiful – nothing flashy in natural dyes…

Mainly cross stitch, this design features as well Special Stitches, beads, crystals, and many diverse kinds of threads and braids for entertaining stitching.

The design is published in 4 parts.

The size is approx. 310 x 310 stitches.

Pictures by Elena Orlova, stitched by Galina Orlova

Material List: Onl 155 – Mat List

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