|Intermediate design; interpreted from Japanese book. Originally posted in 2001; contributed by Ginny T.|
|Materials: 24 cm circum mari, wrapped in light blue
Pearl Cotton #5 in navy and 3 shades of pink
Marking thread in metallic gold
Prepare an 8-Combination Division
|Locate the six square faces formed on the ball. Where two of
these squares overlap, locate points A-D that form diamonds.
Four of these diamonds will be located around each of the north
and south poles and will point more up and down. Four more will
be located around the obi and will point more left and right.
Stitch one round in each, locating the starting distances to be
1/2 the length between the center of the square to a north or
For the next round, locate the center of each of the six squares and stitch a square using the diamond points as the square points. Overlap the stitches just into the diamonds. All of these rounds - diamonds and squares, complete one cycle (kousa style design)
Repeat the cycle until the edges begin to abut - the actual number will depend on the size of the mari. This particular effect was achieved using several cycles of one color and then changing to another. Many different outcomes cam be arrived at by modifying the color selections for each section and cycle.
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