|Intermediate design; interpreted design from web photo. This was a TalkTemari StitchAlong led by Elsie B. February 2014|
|Materials: 25 cm circum mari, wrapped in green
Pearl Cotton #5 in light and dark green, dark coral
Marking thread in thread to match mari wrap
Prepare a 10-Combination Division using invisible thread
Using double thread and beginning 5mm in from marking lines, work 1 round of a pentagon around each 10-point center, as shown in photo to left. If you prefer, you can use single thread and work 2 rounds.
|Work lattice weave: this is a zigzag path around the mari from one pentagon to another, crossing the centers of the 4-part diamonds; maintain correct kagome / basket weave orientation. Place a pin halfway between the pole and the corner of one of the pentagons stitched in the previous step. This pin is on the side of a 4-part diamond (shown in blue dotted line). With double thread in the color chosen for the lattice, anchor the thread at pin, and then remove pin. Carry the thread across the center of diamond to the opposite side of the diamond, inside the adjoining stitched pentagon, halfway between its center and corner. For kagome orientation, at this point in the process the path is over two doubled yellow threads, then under the next, around the ball. Anchor a new double thread in a new pentagon center, and repeat this process until each pentagon has a star-shaped area in the center. When stitching the second set of zigzag lines, pay attention to how the two threads of this new color lie. Maintain the correct under/over pattern kagome pattern.|
|Work open star at each pentagon: For clarity, the diagram shows this star in blue rather than green; it should be worked in the same color as the lattice weave. Choose one stitched pentagon from step 1, anchor the double thread, and come up inside the corner of this pentagon. Without stitching, lay the thread into an adjoining pentagon. Gauge a point halfway between two points of the zigzags; measuring this way makes the final central open space more symmetrical. When you note where the stitch will be taken, weave the thread under or over following the basket weave directions, then take the stitch in the adjoining pentagon. Maintaining the under-over pattern, take the next stitch inside the next corner of the pentagon in which you began. Travel around this pentagon, stitching the star points in adjoining pentagons. Note that you're placing the thread over or under two pentagon sides in a row, but subsequent star paths will fix this; trust the guidelines for the basket weave technique. Work a star for all twelve pentagons. The basket-weave part is complete.|
|It's your choice about how to fill the negative space at the twelve poles. Suggestions are a double-thread starburst anchored in the center with a metallic thread; a small kiku motif works, as well as free embroidery - it's up to your imagination.|
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