I have a fascination with fractals, mandalas and labyrinths. Maybe it arises from those early childhood days of playing with a Spirograph. Lately I've been thinking a lot about mandalas. The word mandala is Sanskrit and means circle. Mandalas can be deeply meaningful. They have a long history of spiritual guidance across many cultures. In the western world I believe Carl Jung embraced the mandala and helped make it popular. I'm thinking I might like to do a series of bead embroidered mandalas. This is the first one I have done. I struggled with it, because it is not completely symmetrical. I probably could have made it completely perfectly symmetrical with a ruler and more discipline, but in reality not much in my life is that rigid, so I guess I didn't want my mandala to be either. Robin Atkins is an exceptional bead artist. She gives great advice. She said "It does not have to be perfect" and I believe her.