Serengeti Mandala

I'm going to hijack today's Friday Randomness post because Martina (Chatelaine Designs) has managed, once again, to turn me into a blubbering nut!!!

You see, I started asking Martina for an African mandala a few years back, but the response was always a "no." Every now and then, hubby (who's from Zimbabwe) would say, "Ask her again, maybe she'll change her mind," but her reply was always the same. Di tried too, and we were reminiscing yesterday about how heartbroken we were when Martina's last 'no' sounded so final.

So, imagine our (I'm using the word liberally here, it was mostly me... LOL!) crazed surprise when we saw a sneak peek of The Serengeti Mandala back in December!! Ever heard of the term 'slobbering mess?' Yup!! That was ME!! ;)



Martina teased us with little updates which, needless to say, sent me into a frenzy with every peek. I was so out-of-my-mind happy once, I called the hippo a rhino in a post, for goodness sakes! Yesterday, she released the final design and.... I have no words!!



The words "wonderful, amazing, spectacular, breathtaking..." come to mind, but they seem so inadequate. I'm usually much better at articulating my thoughts, but this, like the Chinese Garden Mandala, has turned me into a globitty, gluppity mess. ;) For my sanity, and YOUR sakes, (see how I made that mostly about you? LOL!!) I hope Martina only does this to me only once a year! Hahah!

Beads, beads, everywhere. The eagle is stitched over one, I suspect the animals might be as well? There are specialty stitches on that makes up the arch ways of each scene. They mimic the setting sun and the stars, Martina says. What could be more perfect??? :D

I've been playing with fabric ideas over the last few days. I won't be stitching this on my usual white or antique white. I want the feel of the Serengeti grassland in the winter. (We visited in the winter and it will always be one of the best times of our lives.)

I played with some layovers last night, and hubby and I narrowed it down to the following five. POLL TIME!! Which do you like? :)







Comments

cucki said…
Wow such beautiful project,,
I love willow green so much ,,
Have fun xxx
Anonymous said…
It was tough choice between doubloon and glory, but I liked dubloon just a little bit better. I've seen the "sneak peaks" for this and while I've never been to Africa and have no ties to that continent - I think this up there on the list of stunning pieces by Martina. And she's had so many!!!! I can't wait to see yours "grow" once you have all the supplies on hand!
Linda said…
Yes I have to agree with Cucki,Willow Green is also my favorite. But regardless of what you choose, it will turn out spectacular...I'm sure of it.

Can't wait to see your work :)
Andie said…
Can't wait to see you start this! You better get a move on with Butterfly lace mandala and your CG :D I voted dubloon, I like the colours and the rippling effect like grasslands I can imagine a lion hiding in there :D
Topcho said…
My God, it's absolutely stunning! I can so understand you, lol! I voted for Doubloon, but I really loved Chalice too. But whatever you choose, with this awesome pattern and your skills, the result will be gorgeous!
Susan said…
I really did try to resist this one, but my DIn-laws went to Africa twice in the 90s and loved it - they still talk about it with amazement and lov, so I'm planning to stitch this for them (they can hang it next to Egypt Garden). I'm planning to do it on Wichelt's hand-dyed Summer Sky - it sort of felt like a heat washed sky to me. Just a word of caution, if you pick African Daisy mine was yellow and not beige-y at all (I did Caribbean on it - there's a photo on Chat Stitcher's blog)
Sarah said…
What an awesome design, CAN NOT wait to see you stitch it!!! For me African Daisy just takes it, but only just, over Chalice and Dubloon. All gorgeous :)
Melissa said…
Martina did such a wonderful job on this design! It's breathtaking, and I can't wait to see your start on it. I expect a lot of progress pics, pretty, pretty please :)

As for the fabric choices, what a hard decision. My first choice was Willow Green. I also like Doubloon. The Doubloon reminds me a little more of winter, while the Willow Green fabric reminds me more of late summer.
demeter83 said…
I like doubloon, and don't know why, I think it's the parchment feel that it gives it.
I've never really been interested in the Chatelaines, and now I'm starting to find that there are two or three that have just started calling out to me, and showing me this may now mean that there are four calling to me!
Ruth said…
What a beautiful piece, I voted Chalice but African Daisy really is a close second with glory being third. It will look wonderful on whatever you choose and I think something other than white or antique white will suit it better.
Michele said…
I voted for the "Doubloon". It's the only color that doesn't take something away from the whole. The "daisy" takes away the whites; "Chalice" came 2nd to doubloon; "Glory" came in for 3rd choice; and "willow"... just makes it blah.
Maggee said…
The word 'Stupendous' is a good one too! Hugs!
Dana said…
Nice design. I have never really looked at this designers designs before but this is very beautiful. Good luck with it!
Ewa said…
First choice: Doubloon; Second: African Daisy. LOVE IT!
Kaisievic said…
What a wonderful design - any of your five choices would look wonderful. Good luck with making a decision.

hugs, Kaye xoxox
Minnie said…
The chart is just divine and glory is my choice it makes everything just pop.
Yvon (jioya) said…
I like Doubloon the best, and i can't wait to see your update's.
I hope you will enjoy stitching this one.

Hugs Yvon.
I have been waiting in anticipation for this post Joyce!!! I could not stop playing with the fabric viewer yesterday - I picked out a few colours that you have on your list so know I must be doing something right! I've voted for Doubloon as I like the textured effect - but they all look sooooooo good. Can't wait to see WIPs for this one when it is finally released!
Mouse said…
wooo hoooo finally you got it hehehehe ... and it is gorgeous ... so I shall let you have this one if I can have humming bird ROFLMSO !!!!! and think the african daisy fabric looks the best to me ..... go girl can't wait to see you stitching this one :) love mouse xxxxx
Sally said…
Wow what a gorgeous design. I voted for doubloon :) but it looks gorgeous on all of them.
Lonneke said…
Gorgeous! On any fabric, but I choose the first one, to me that one is the most sunny and warm.
But how do you make those pictures?
It really is handy to make a good choice of fabric.
StitchyWoman said…
How wonderful that she finally relented! It came out absolutely breathtaking.
Ann said…
At last an African post by Joysze! LOL!!!

I've voted for the African Daisy (I'm also going for a sandy look as I think the colours will glow on that fabric) ... although I think the Willow Green is a good runner up!

Are we in?! Yes ... with both of our feet!
Anne said…
JOYCE!!!! Oooh! I love it!!! This will be simply amazing!!! So Africa has eagles too? I had no clue about that! We have loads of eagles around...hmm. I love how you and your man pick out the fabbies together!! But please don't become a full break down mess cause we need you to be pulled together to get this stitched!!

HMBW!!!!
Stitching Noni said…
Isn't this just stunning. I saw it on Martina's blog & instantly fell in love! I voted for willow green & second choice would be African daisy. So can't wait to see you start stitching this one ;0)
Diane (di) said…
Yay... I've beem waiting to see your post on this beauty, too. :) I gotta say any one of those first three work for me (with a lean toward African Daisy). I'll be one of the crazies stitching it on black, but I love the idea of stitching it on a 'sandy' color. Can't wait to see your close-up WIP pics Joyce. Let the Serengeti stitching/fun begin! :)
♥ Nia said…
Beautiful!!! :D
I voted 2 :)
Casa Pearl said…
How very nice that your wish has come true and in such an unbelievable work. I voted for the African Daisy fabric but can't wait to see which you choose and to follow your progress. Patti
Kate said…
I adore the final design...i'm not tempted..honest..well maybe a bit ;0! I voted for Chalice but couldn't decide between that and Glory. I see Glory isn't that popular but I lived in West Africa and the ground there was dusty and the mud had a strong red pigment to it - and that's why I am drawn to Glory...Chalice is warm and natural though. Am I waffling again??
Kielrain said…
That will be a stunning piece won't it! Can't wait to see it grow when you start being able to stitch it.
Karen said…
I like Doubloon the best - I think it's cool enough to pop those blues AND red/rusts.

I LOVE the middle of this design; IF I succumb to this one, too, I may have to leave off that outermost border. We'll see :)

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