Difficulty Level: Accomplished Beginner and up
Originally posted January 2001; contributed by Sarah
Edited October 2014
Prepare a standard size (23-25cm) mari. Wrap it in a muted color (not
high contrast to stitching threads). Mark an 8 Combination using muted
Locate the triangles in the marking. Using pearl cotton in color of your
choice, stitch a triangle within each marked triangle, placing the
starting points 1/2 distance between center of triangle and corner
points. Keep your line of stitching parallel with the marking
lines. Stitch a triangle in each of the triangles around the ball
in 1 row of any color. After completing one row in every triangle,
stitch a square around each pole/8-point center linking the 4 triangle
points around that pole. Again keeping the lines of stitching parallel
with the marking lines, stitch 1 row of any color. Continue to work,
building up in alternate layers of triangles and squares until you cover
the ball completely.
How many colors of stitching threads, and when you change to a new one
is entirely up to you.
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Balls Photo Gallery! (Use firstname.lastname@example.org, and subject line
Mystery Ball Results).
Remember, everyone will have a different outcome. If you're stuck, you
can peek at the photos for help, as well.
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