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Intermediate design; Originally posted in 2008; contributed by Linda W.
Materials: 28 cm circum mari, wrapped in green

Pearl Cotton #5 in 3 shades of green

Marking thread in metallic silver

Prepare an 8-Combination Division with metallic thread

Starting with dark green thread and working on the axis NW-SE and following the Green marker lines, stitch A-B-C-D-A, working around the ball as shown above. Following the red line, stitch a-b-c-d-a, working around the ball as shown.  The third sequence is to stitch following the blue line 1-2-3-4-1, working around the ball as shown. Following the same sequences as before and still using the dark green thread, repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 on the remaining axis, that is NE-SW. It may be useful to place two pins at each pole  where your threads  cross, to hold them in place.  Alternating from the NW-SE to the NE-SW axis, work 6 rounds in dark green.   Change to light green and continue in this fashion for a further 6 rounds, spreading the stitches out on each hexagon to create a ‘spider’s web’ effect, rather than a tight hexagon.  Take a small cross stitch at each pole where the threads cross, to hold them neatly in place.

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