Is it a Mandala or a Doily?

I never have quite worked out what to call these … is it a mandala, or is it a doily? Apparently, a mandala is a “square within a circle” and a doily is a “decorative mat”. Well, there’s no square within the circle, but it still seems to be the common term.

I was reading Wink’s gorgeous blog the other day, which inspired me to make something a bit more multi-coloured. Whilst this isn’t an exact pattern from Wink, I did read about the way she finishes off each row and sews in the end, before starting the new row in a different spot. Normally, I’m too lazy for such things, but honestly, I think the effect is worth it ~ much neater.

This Doilandala (yes, we’re going with that) is primarily Rowan Cotton Glace, with a small amount of Koigu.

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Mandala_2smlDoilandala was gifted to a lovely lady as a small birthday something.

Mandala_9smlI rather like the colour combination.

Mandala_19smlMoo is not amused that Doilandala seems to be taking over the back garden!

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14 thoughts on “Is it a Mandala or a Doily?

    • Thankyou! Yes, Moo does get a little puzzled ~ especially when it’s freezing cold out in the yard… she just can’t seem to understand why we are leaving the warmth and comfort of the sofa!

  1. In German a doily would be rather delicate, probably white, lacy and with a function (i.e. on a table or to cover an armrest). A mandala is somehow related to art. However, a doilandala is the best designation I have heard in a long time! Congratulations!

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