Lynne received a temari in the early GITS rounds from Karen McP. and liked it so much that Lynne worked out how to stitch it herself. It's a rather easy pattern to stitch but added wraps at the end add an optical illusion to it that totally changes the final outcome.
Use a28 cm circumference mari and two colors of thread, one main color and one contrasting color. The main color will be the same color as the mari wrap.. Pearl cotton 5 was used here, and the ball worked in black and white.
|Wrap the mari
in one of the colors you are going to be using - usually the darker of
the two chosen colors, which will be the main color. Mark the mari for
a C8 using "invisible" marking thread in the same color (pearl cotton
can be used but a thinner thread will work better) as the mari wrap.
A, B, C, D on each pole, which are half way from the pole to the 6-pt
intersections on the C8 marking. There will be six squares each
centered around the 6 poles of the C8 mari.
Using the contrast color (white in this example), stitch two rows around each square. Locate the triangles formed by Points 1, 2, 3. There will be eight around the ball. Stitch two rows using the contrast color (again, white as shown here) around each triangle, being sure to overlap the stitches of the points into the corners of the squares and leaving a small amount of the background color showing through the overlap. Change to the main color (black) and stitch two rows around each square and then each triangle. Repeat until you have a total of 5 rows, three sets of 2 rows of the contrast color and two sets of 2 rows each of the main color. If you are adjusting the pattern to a different size mari, be sure to end with rows of the contrasting color. Do not stitch until the shapes meet - leave about 1cm between the triangles.
To create the illusion you will wrap around the mari with the main color, dividing the ball into four "wedges". The wraps will cover the part of the middle of 2 sides (top and bottom) of the stitched squares. Start at the north pole and wrap around the ball, repeating until the wrapping spans the space between the sides of the triangles. End off. Turn the ball ninety degrees and repeat the wrap process.