Roll Your Own Wiki

The Roll Your Own mandala project is now in its second season. With so many options and different models, I'm attempting to establish this as a Stitcher's Guide to them.

An (already outdated) compilation showing all of the 2013 and the first 2 of 2014 all in the same palette.

What is a RYO Mandala? It's a special cross stitch pattern that looks like symmetrical stained glass. They are designed to be custom colored by the stitcher using a few basic guidelines. The charts are engineered to adapt easily to whatever colors are picked (just by following a few rules.)

How do I get the patterns? The patterns are available for purchase as PDF files as a series. The 2013 series, which included 6 full size mandalas and three tiny ones, has been fully revealed and is sold for $35 for the set. When this set is purchased, you will get all of the files as soon as your order is processed. The 2014 series is also seven monthly installments, with a new chart coming out at the beginning of each month up until October 2014. When joining the 2014 series, you will be sent all of the charts released so far, and you will receive the remaining ones as they come out. The 2014 series is also $35, but there is a $10 discount for folks who purchase both sets. Charts can be ordered through my shop: 2014 and 2013. There is no shipping cost for pdf charts.

Will there ever be printed charts for shops? Yes, but obviously they'll only show a few of the possible color combos. The 2013 series is being released in 3 separate charts, each having 2 big and one small mandala. Watch for them in July.  The 2014 series will be printed some time in 2015.

Do I have to join Facebook or the Yahoo Group? No, but it's an easy way to see lots of photos of works in progress, finishes, and color previews. The Yahoo Group is only open to folks who have bought 2013 (since charts are posted) but the Facebook Group is open to anybody who is a real stitchers and is interested (spammer bots need not apply.)

Do I have to use the colors you show? No, that is the whole point. Any of the charts can be done in any of the color schemes, and making brand new color schemes is truly NOT HARD. The work was done in setting up the pattern to make it so it would work out when colors were substituted. Here is a file with some established combos. It will never be complete or up to date, but it is a great starting point. If you purchase the charts, you are welcome to ask for computer previews of charts in your chosen colors.

What do I need? These patterns are all comprised of full normal cross stitches, so they can be stitched on Aida, linen, or even needlepoint canvas. The large mandalas are all 115 stitches square. The smaller bits (Spawn and the mini chip balls and such) vary in sizes.They are all stitched with any brand of solid color floss such as DMC, Anchor, or HDF (no overdyes; no variegated.)  Each mandala uses 12 colors plus black, or whatever outline color you choose. You'll typically need 3 skeins of black and less than 1 of each color.

The Players
2014 Season Lineup: Merry Go Round (named for various latitude lines.) Some are show with bonus corner chips or mini mandalas that are included in the chart packs. All seven of these charts have now been released. They will be available in PDF form through the end of the year, then will be switched over to print copy only.
October is the Arctic Circle (more colorways here.)

September: The Horse Latitudes. (more colorways here)

August: Tropic of Cancer (more colorways here)

July 2014: Draco 66.6 (more colorways here)

June 2014: Equatorial Orchids and bonus bits (more colorways here)

May 2014: 49th Parallel (more colorways here)
April 2014: Tropic of Capricorn (more colorways here)
2013 Season Lineup (named for bad movie sequels.)
November 2013: RYO Rematch
October 2013: Return of RYO (more colorways here)
September 2013: Revenge of RYO (more colorways here)
August 2013: Spawn of RYO (L to R: Cindy, Jan, and Marcia) (more colorways here)
July 2013: RYO Reloaded (Animated GIF with 30 colorways!)
June 2013: Bride of RYO (more colorways here)
May 2013: the Original RYO mandala

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