This is a colourful decoration for any festival or bell tent. Inspired by beautiful dream catchers, which are very much part of festival culture, and Mandalas, the symbol of the universe found in Hinduism and Buddhism
You will need:
- Needle and embroidery thread
- Vintage doily
- Embroidery hoop, approx. 2cm wider than the doily
- Basic sewing kit
- Neon gaffer tape
- Small pompoms
- Fabric and painted feathers
- All-purpose glue
Thread a needle with embroidery thread and then overstitch to attach a doily to the wooden ring. Pass the thread through the fabric from back to front, then return it over the hoop from front to back, repeating this action every 1cm all the way around until the fabric is taut. Finish off the thread securely.
Cut the raffia, string or coloured thread at different lengths. Attach to the lower arc of the hoop by folding the lengths in two, passing the looped end through the hoop and then then the two ends back through the loop. Pull tight around the hoop to secure.
To make the gaffer tape feathers, stick two pieces of tape together, sticky side to sticky side. Fold in half vertically and cut into a feather shape. Snip into the feather to make notches and to give it an authentic look. Sew the pompoms onto the ends of the strings by passing a piece of wool through the pompom and tying it tightly, ensuring it is disguised among the wool.
Loop either the raffia or string twice through the shells to secure and add the beads in the same way. Tie a knot below the hold to stop them from slipping. Use a second embroidered doily for the fabric feathers, although patterned fabric would also work well. Cut feather shapes from the fabric and fold through the middle to make them 3D. Attach using a darning needle, by passing the string or raffia through the top of the fabric and then finish by knotting.
There are two ways to attach the real feathers, either by using neon gaffer tape wrapped around the quill and pulling onto the string, or by wrapping an end of the string around the quill and sticking together with all-purpose glue. To finish your mandala, adjust the lengths by repositioning the loops of string or raffia around the wooden hoop, or by trimming some ends so your decorations hang at different lengths. Be creative and make yourself an individual piece!
Ros Badger is the founder of the children’s knitwear company “Little Badger”. Before forming her own company she designed and produced knitwear for clothing lines by Marks & Spencer, Flyte Ostell, Copperwheat Blundell, and Georgina von Etzdorf, among others.
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