ONL 158 – The Scotland Mandala

Choose the color of your fabric

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. Stitching on an other fabric than white requires changing some yarn color. This will NOT be included in the design chart instructions!

Choose the color of your fabric

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 a true Highland Mandala – the essences of Scotland brought together in my trademark Mandala shape:

Tiny Nessie in the Loch – sheep galore and Scottish cattle ! I have a Border Collie some place which I still need to let loose to herd the sheep…

N 158 detail 1

You find stylizized Thistles and Roses – and the meadow flowers too. In the center is a Triscele – an ancient Celtic Symbol – but from there the design develops into my trademark Mandala …..This design is full of whimsical extras you will discover in the stitching proces – and impressive larger motives :

4 castles are there as main focus points on each side:

Eilean Donan

Glengorm

Menzies

Inveraray

untere seite

wording

They are surrounded by various and typical Scottish cottages

Sprays of Heather embellish the corners, and Thistles and Roses build a delicate border.

The Hadrians Wall was interpreted by me into rows of Special Stitches „Stones“ which create the delicate and strong diagonal ends of the design.

Last but not least an inner border of Tartan chequered fabric gives the very special „taste“ of the Highlands.

You will receive an over-one alphabet of antique lettering to insert wording, names, clans, dates…. and personalize your stitched piece to your own taste and heritage !

You will use varied and textured threads, silks, cottons, woolens, hand-dyed and variegated as well as solids – and embellish with beads and Swarovski Crystals.

Mere design size is 287 x 287 stitches.

 

Materials List: Onl 158 – Mat List

For those who buy this main design (Onl 158) this small goodie will come as a free extra – it is a small design with “over one” cattle and sheep. And a dog, of course ! It is only 46 x 36 stitches in size. Though it is free, it is not a Freebie to share and hand on !

extraFor those who like it but will not do the large main design, it is available as a low-cost small design separately.

 

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22 Replies to “ONL 158 – The Scotland Mandala

    1. Amber, I did not even know that the word “coo” existed, let alone that it was used for this breed of cattle. They look too cute – and their beef is yumm !

  1. I oogled over all day. Showed it to my oldest daughter and she’s already claimed it even though I haven’t gotten one stitch done. lol Thank you for another beautiful design, Martina!

  2. Beautiful Martina, I love the layout and changes you made with the castles and the tartan border! I am always in awe as your screenshots don’t even begin to capture the beauty and artwork you create in your designs. Looking forward to seeing the silks and colours you choose…

  3. Martina –

    This would be a perfect piece for my dear friend who owns several Highland Cattle “coos” – she would love it – as I do !!

  4. Always wanted to do a Scottish stitchery, the reproduction samplers haven’t called to me but this does! My husband’s paternal grandmother and her family were from Scotland and immigrated to the US in 1905.

  5. My great-grandfather and great-grandmother immigrated from Scotland – They literally met on the boat. I have lovely memories of them from early in my childhood and even more wonderful gems about them from my grandparents and my dad. One of my best memories of great grammy was that she once gave me a beautiful embroidered coin purse (I still have it!) and inside, she placed $10. (A LOT for that time!). I was prancing and showing my papa what Grammy had given me. My great papa looked at the $10 and teasingly said “oh my! That’s way too generous a gift from a Scot!”. We laughed and laughed. As I was leaving, papa asked to see my purse again and gave another $10! I can’t wait to stitch this in loving memory of them!

    1. Sharon, what a lovely story !! You must write it down for your children !! If you need help with perhaps personalizing this piece, send me a note ! I will be happy to help to keep up the memories of your grandparents !
      Martina

  6. These are amazingly beautiful pictures of the design, Martina. (It also shows me how much more I have to go, after cheerfully congratulating myself that I’d finished the centre circle.)

    I’ve always loved all things Celtic, and part of my family ancestry is Scottish. My parents also spent a year there when they were newly married and my father was a post-doc in St Andrews. I had an older brother who was born there (and died almost immediately). So there’s really only one thing on my bucket list and that’s to go to Scotland and see the memorial where he was buried. Hmmm, i might have to see if I can figure out a way of adding his name and date of birth/death into this. I shall have a think.

    1. Hi Kerry, thank you for your kind comment and the shared story – if I can be of help in fitting in wording and dates etc. do not hesitate to contact me. We will find a “place” for sure !

      1. Thank you Martina. So far, I’ve completed the inner circles, so i’ve got a bit of a way to go. I shall think about it as I stitch, and I may take you up on the offer when I get a bit further along. Thank you again for such a lovely offer.

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