|Intermediate design; interpreted various Japanese sources. Originally posted in 2005; contributed by Lynne D.|
|Materials: 20 cm circum mari, wrapped dark pink
Pearl Cotton #5 in pink and white
Marking thread in gold. and a heavier in dark pink
Prepare a 8-Combination Division
|The design is kousa
style, using 2 rounds per cycle. Find the six squares
formed with the C8 division around each pole (shown in green on
the diagram). Stitch one or two rounds (depending on how thick
you want the stripes of the pattern to appear) from points
along points A, B, C, D back to A on each square. Working
the first round of each square and hexagon in a thicker metallic
will add some center focus.
Locate points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 as shown in the diagram - they will form an irregular hexagon. Stitch one or two (the same number as you did on each square) rounds on each hexagon, overlapping the corners into the squares (there will be 8 hexagons on the ball).
Return to the squares and stitch another round or set of rounds in the alternating color from the first one you used; repeat on the hexagons. Repeat the alternating color sequence between squares and hexagons until the hexagons fill in and the outer sides of the squares come together as shown in the example photo. Work a final round to outline the hexagons. Add matsuba kagari / long straight stitches in the center of the squares to embellish the poles.
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