20 Mentai: 8 Hexagons & 12
This marking is quite
popular, being used often in the Japanese books. It creates 20 faces in
resulting in 2 regular hexagons, one each at the north and south poles.
In addition there are 12 irregular pentagons and 6 irregular hexagons. 6
of the pentagons surround each of the hexagons located at the
poles; the hexagons circumscribe the equator.
Begin by marking a Simple 12
using waste thread (it will be removed and discarded as the marking is
completed, so usually something like a basting thread is applicable).
Don't mark the equator with thread, but do place pins at the equator
points on each of the Simple 12 lines.
It will help for to have an
assortment of colored pins, using a different color for each step.
|Determine the distance from the equator to the NP. Divide this
distance into thirds. Pin 1/3 of
the equator-pole distance on every other marking line (yellow
pins A & B in photo to the left). Repeat on southern
hemisphere. Orange pins are the equator points.
|On the alternate marking lines that do not have marking pins,
place a pin 1/4 the distance of pole to equator, in both
hemispheres. These are shown as red pins C in the photo to
|All work from this point forward using the desired marking
thread for the design. Stitch the outline of the north polar
hexagon, using the uppermost set of yellow pins. When complete,
take the thread down to one of the B pins.
|Stitch the zig zag from Pins B to C etc around to where you
|Repeat the zig zag line around the B and C pins on the
southern hemisphere, and also stitch the regular hexagon around
the south pole.
|Connect the zig zag lines, forming the sides of the pentagons
and hexagons to complete the marking. Remove the waste thread
S12 lines, but you may wish to be sure to keep the accurate
north and south pole pins in place, depending on the needs of
the design you plan to stitch. Additional lines may be added to
any face to create a center point.
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