|Intermediate design; interpreted' adapted from Utsukushi Temari / Beautiful Temari ISBN4-5290-02782-1. Originally posted in 2004; contributed by Ginny T.|
|Materials: 24 cm circum mari, wrapped in dark green
Pearl Cotton #5 in lt green, lavender, lt blue, dk green; gold metallic
Marking thread in to match mari wrap
Prepare an 8-Combination Division with invisible thread
|This is an all-over kousa design. It can be worked in 2 flavors - with the butterflies in 3 different colors (shown), or all the same color. If working all the same color, which is easier, then you only need one pattern color of pearl cotton, and use only this diagram below. To work butterflies in 3 colors, see placement diagrams below in addition to this diagram|
|The red diamonds form the background; the green squares form
the butterflies. All stitching is double
thread of #5 pearl cotton. Locate the diamonds on the C8;
with background color, stitch from points 1 to 4, back to 1.
First round stitches are placed half way between the marking
intersections. Stitch one round in each diamond shape on the C8.
Locate the six squares on the C8, shown in green on the diagram.
With butterfly color (if using only one color) in double strand,
stitch the square from points A to D, back to A. Stitch one
round in each square on the C8.
Repeat this cycle to cover the ball; fill in any open spaces on the background as needed with the background color (it's rare that all-over patterns don't need some filling in). When you have completed stitching the layers that build up the butterfly pattern and filled in any open spaces between the diamonds, use a contrasting thread to stitch the butterfly bodies; two long stitches crossed where the square points meet, with two French knots at the top of the antennae work well, or you can use your imagination.
|To stitch the butterflies in different colors, the corners of the squares get divided into corners and quarter is worked in a different color. The diagrams below will show how to set up sets of three colors; you can adapt it to any combo you wish to use. To divide the squares you will stitch only the two legs of the triangle that the corner is made up of - and you need to bury the ends of the legs under the diagonal guidelines of the marking. It works better to sink the thread in before the marking line than after it; and it doesn't need to be absolutely tidy since the background stitching of the pattern (the diamonds) cover it up. Effort should be made to keep the overall line of the side of the square straight where the two threads meet.|
|The color variations for this design are numerous. Using the stitching diagram for one color butterflies, rather than splitting the squares, work the full rounds in stripes, or shaded. Different color orientations result if the 3-color sequence is used, but the colors are split at the corners rather than in the middle of the sides.|
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