Extra Mentai / Faces
The basic markings for temari making
are the Standard Divisions
Simple, 8-Combination and 10-Combination. A solid working knowledge of
these markings is vital for stitchers, including not only how to mark
them but also the various faces that are created by them. Remember that
divisions are "divisions" for a reason - they follow specific rules of
geometry and symmetry, and actually are the only ways a set of points
can be equally spaced around a sphere with connecting lines.
That being said, there are
obviously an infinite number of ways additional marking lines (jiwari)
as segments or lines (segments being lengths that do not equal the
circumference, lines being those that are equal to the circumference)
may be added to a mari, with or without a standard division having
already been applied. Sometimes a Standard Division is laid down, and
then later removed after the additional lines are complete. Either way,
doing so creates additional mentai (face). Adding extra marking lines is
quite common especially for some intermediate & advanced designs. In
general, when extra marking lines are used in a design they are specific
to that design and the methods of applying them are included as part of
the pattern directions. Sometimes a single book will outline a group of
additional mentai markings and refer back to them throughout the pattern
directions. Extra mentai markings don't have specific names, they are
just referred to by the number of faces (for example, 14 Mentai). As
such, there are multiple markings that can be referred to by the same
name. For indexing purposes here on Temarikai.com, they have been
sequentially numbered. The Division indicated in the name shows the
original marking that is used to begin. For example, "6 Mentai 01 (C8)"
indicates that the marking begins with a C8 division.
A mari can be marked in any manner
the stitcher chooses to create the design - limited only by imagination
- as long as there is understanding
between division and marking
. There are a number of extra
marking line layouts that are used on a more frequent and common basis
as seen in the Japanese pattern libraries; these markings are
interpreted from those sources. While too many to cover completely here,
the more common ones will be referenced. Unless otherwise specified in
directions for the marking, use the regular marking thread for the
design to be stitched in all steps.
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