8-Combination Division: Hattitobun no Kumiawase

Hattitobun no kumiawase - the 8-Combination (also referred to as Combination 8, or C8) is a one of the standard divisions in temari making. Mastering the C8 is the second major step in learning temari divisions (after simple divisions). The C8 builds off of a Simple 8 so mastering simple divisions is a must before moving on to the combination divisions, but a wonderful world opens up to you when you add combination divides to your repertoire.

The C8 Division begins with marking a Simple 8. Remember, the definition of a combination division is "combining on", or adding on, more centers of the same starting value, symmetrically arranged around the ball. To create a Combination 8, 4 more diagonal marking lines will be added which will form 4 more 8-point centers around the equator. The outline shape of these 6 centers will be a square.  As these centers are formed, there will be additional major faces appearing that become integral players in stitching C8 designs: 8 6-point triangles, and 12 4-point diamonds.

Begin by dividing and marking a Simple 8 ball. Keep handy the paper strip, or a tape measure, and your marking pins. Usually the marking is done in metallic or design thread; pearl cotton in contrasting colors are used here for demonstration.

 Pin the marking strip back to the NP. Align it along a marking line, and place pins in the 1/2-way points between the poles and equator in both hemispheres. This is 1/8th of the circumference, so you can use the 1/8th notches on the strip. Alternately, a measuring tape can be used to determine 1/2 the absolute distance from equator to pole. Move the strip (without unpinning it) 2 lines to the right.Continue around the mari, moving 2 lines to the right, until you have placed 4 sets of pins on 4 alternate lines of the Simple 8 marking. When viewed from the poles, it should appear as in the photos. Remove the marking strip from the mari.