|Intermediate to advanced design; personal composition Originally posted in 2009; contributed by Julian X.|
|Materials: 24 cm circum mari, wrapped in black
DMC Floche thread: white and red 321; Sulky rayon machine thread in very dark green; Kreinik Japan gold #5
Marking thread to match mari wrap, thin
Prepare an 8-Combination Division
|Note - Floche is 4 or 5 ply twisted cotton thread, with a looser and longer twist than pearl cotton. It's a softer thread, with a matte finish, but with a bit of a gleam compared to stranded floss. A pearl cotton #8 may be substituted for floche quite easily in this design, though you may need to adjust the number of rows a little bit. 3 or 4 strands of floss may also be used, but they would need to be laid.|
| Locate the 6 square areas around each 8-way
intersection. Divide each diagonal (8-way to 6-way) in half and
place pins. For each square, nudge the pins in towards the
center of each square (the 8-way) just a little bit. This allows
you to put a final “frame” around your square designs when
you’re all done. Each layer of the pattern is created in
two steps: maki
kagari wrapped bands first, then masu
kagari stitched squares. With first color, wrap bands on
either side of the non-diagonal division lines. Wrap however
many rows you feel like. Next, stitch each square with the
same number of rows you wrapped, moving outwards with each row.
Repeat with another color, wrapping first, then stitching the
same number of rows you wrapped. All rounds are simply laid
outside and over previous rounds. As you get further out from
center, it’s easier to hold things together if you take a
tacking stitch periodically as you wrap to keep threads from
slipping off the ball.
|When the wrap pattern meets the inner boundary of the squares,
stitch a “keeper” row around the square wrap intersection to
keep everything in place. Stitch as many rows of the darkest
design color as are required to fill out each square to the
To repeat this pattern exactly (note that each round consists of the specified number of rows for both wraps and stitched squares) perform this sequence of steps: R1. Gold for marking. R2. 5 rows white. R3. 1 row gold. R4. 5 rows red. R5. 1 row gold. R6. 2 rows green.
R7. 1 row gold. R8. 5 rows red. R9. 1 row gold. 10. 5 rows white. R11. 1 row gold. R12. Tack wraps with gold, and fill in remaining space with dark green.
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