|Intermediate design; personal interpretation. Originally posted in 2011; contributed by Ginny T.|
|Materials: 25 cm circum mari, wrapped in muted color
Pearl Cotton #5 in three colors
Marking thread in muted color
Prepare an 8-Combination Division
|This is a kousa style design, not quite an all-over since small areas of the mari wrap show through in the finished design. Use 1 color of pearl cotton per shape.|
|Stitching Shape 1
Square: Locate the distance that is 1/2 way between points
A - the center of the squares (the centers of the C8 marking),
and points B - and the corner of the square in the marking.
Using the square color, stitch a square, locating the stitches/corners at Point X as shown at left. Be sure to look at your result, and that the sides of the squares are parallel to the marking lines of the squares in the C8 division. Repeat this in all 6 squares on the mari.
|Next shape is the triangles. Enter the next color thread you are using to stitch the triangles so that it's just overlapping into a corner of one of the squares previously stitched. Take the remaining stitches of the triangle so they overlap into the corners of the squares. Repeat on the remaining triangles of the marking (8 in total)|
|Third shape is the diamonds. Enter the third color thread you
are using to stitch the diamonds so that it's just
overlapping into a side of one of the squares previously
stitched, just to the left of the marking line that bisects the
square side. The remaining stitches just overlap the sides of
the other 2 shapes. Work all 12 diamonds of the division.
|Notice the alignment of the threads as you work. The sides of
each shape are parallel to each other, and parallel to the
marking lines of the division shapes they are worked inside of.
Everything is square - as in regular and plumb. This needs to be
maintained for a crisp outcome.
Return to the squares and first thread color; add a second round, being sure to stretch the corner points a bit, keeping threads parallel, overlapping into the adjacent shapes. Continue with the other colors and shapes, remembering to stay in the cycle order of squares, triangles, diamonds. Continue working in this manner until the corners of the diamonds that are in the center of the triangles are almost touching.
|Work a few additional cycles of squares and triangles.
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