|Advanced design. Original composition; contributed by Shelley S.|
|Materials: 25cm circumference mari, wrapped in pale pink
Perle #5: medium brown, green and gold. Embroidery floss: light and medium green, and dark pink
Marking thread: thin red thread
Prepare a Simple 12 Division
|Add extra jiwari: Mark a point 1/3 above and below equator on every second line. In the diamond shapes along the equator mark an inside guideline the width of 3 strands of Perle #5, this becomes a stitch guideline.|
|Using the brown perle, fill in the diamond shapes along the
equator with horizontal stitches, use the inner guideline to
ensure that the inside is solid. Using the gold #5 stitch
2 rows around the outside of the diamonds creating a frame for
each (refer to photo to the left). Using the same color (brown)
as the diamonds stitch around the whole diamond/equator section
in zig-zag manner. Starting at the top of one diamond heading
left stitch to the bottom of the next, then to the top of the
next one, continue to the starting point then continue until the
frame is finished.. This last line of perle is the one that
links all of the diamonds into a single element.
Using a circle template that fits inside the shield shape use pins to mark a 9 point kiku. Then place a .5cm circle to create an inner stitch line. Use 2 threads of embroidery floss in green, and pale, medium and dark pink to stitch the kiku with uwagake chidori kagari. These kiku stars are placed in alternate sections, shown as pink. These sections alternate above and below the obi line.
|The lattice sections are stitched in the remaining shield shapes. The lattice spacing is consistent for all patterns; a piece of 5mm ribbon was used as a spacing template. All lattice lines use 2 threads of green embroidery floss except where noted. The first lattice bands are 5 interlacing rows Use the squares at the obi to start and set rows parallel using the ribbon as a spacer. Then subdivide the squares using vertical and horizontal lines. Using a single green thread add subdivision lines parallel to the obi. Anchor the center of the diamonds where the single and double lines intersect. The second lattice pattern uses double lines, close together running parallel to the diamonds and the obi. The 3rd lattice pattern uses bands parallel to the obi. A single green thread is used for asanoha kagari.|
|View of lattice sections.|
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