|Accomplished beginner to intermediate
design. Interpreted design. Originally posted 2005;
contributed by Susan C.
|Materials: 32 cm circumference; mari wrap will not show
Pearl Cotton #5 in colors of your choice
Marking thread: 2 colors of sewing thread, will not show.
Since mari wrap is covered, choose something close to color
value of the stitching threads so any bleed-through is not
conspicuous. Use inexpensive thread to mark;
in a pattern where all the marking threads are to be covered,
use regular sewing thread for the markings to avoid ridges in
your finished ball.
Mark the mari in a Simple
. Add an extra marking line to form a hexagon around both
the north and south poles, about 2cm from the pole. Label the 6
pentagon points at the north pole as A through F. Label the 6
pentagon points at the south pole as 1 through 6, with 1 being on the
same vertical line as A, 2 being on the same vertical line as B, etc.
With a different color sewing thread add additional marking lines from
point A at the north pole to point 4 at the south pole (should be
directly opposite each other on
from point B at the north pole to point 5 at the south pole, etc.,
continuing in this fashion until you have all 6 oblique lines from the
north pole hexagon to the south pole hexagon, with each one crossing a
vertical line at the equator. Tack these threads at the equator.
Now work tsumu kagari
on the oblique marking lines (the ones marked in the
second color thread.) Place two pins on the marking thread that
runs from Point A to Point 4 (the “A to 4 line”), dividing that line
into equal thirds. These are the pins around which you will stitch
your spindle. (I found it helpful to put two more pins on the obi,
one ½ way between the A to 4 line and the B to 5 line, and the other ½
way between the A to 4 line and the F to 3 line … these gave me a guide
as to how wide to make my spindle.) As you work your spindle be
sure to stretch the points
When the spindle is completed you want the sides of the points to fall
alongside the lines marking the hexagons at the poles. Complete
the other five spindles in the same manner … using the same number of
rounds of each color as you did on the first spindle. As the last step,
you will stitch the hexagons at the two poles. This pattern also has the
potential for making a fun and interesting bits ball.
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