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Intermediate design. This pattern was inspired by an online photo album; it does appear in Japanese books as well. Contributed by Cheryl VonH.
Materials: 30-34cm circumference mari, wrapped in black

Pearl Cotton #5 in white and red
Metallic thread in black

Prepare a 10-Combination Division using invisible thread

Add additional marking lines as shown in the diagram, in between the original division lines (continue to use invisible marking).

There are four sets of three pentagons on the ball.  Locate the sets and mark each set with a different colored pin, pinning at a corner point that touches all three in that set.

All stitching is done with double thread.  The cranes are partial kiku motifs, worked in Uwagake Chidori Kagari. The pole stitches are placed 1/6th of the length of the long leg (center to corner) of the pentagon marking.

The first stitch will form part of the crane's head. Follow the diagram and place a stitch following Line AB. Bring the thread up on Line 3, at the stated distance from the pole (see above). It begins a kiku pattern. Note that to keep the crane rounder, it may help to to shorten the stitches on lines 5, 9, 13, and 17.  Take the last stitch near the pole on Line 19. Take the stitch, then slide the needle, eye first, under the first and second stitches and lay the threads parallel to Line 1. Work the alternate half of the kiku beginning at the pole on Line 2 and work Line 18. Repeat the motif in all pentagons. Embellish each crane by stitching three French knots using red pearl cotton on their heads.

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