This asymmetric pattern uses the most simple and the most complicated temari stitches. It intrigues the mind how these two designs, leaves and lotus, can be successfully laid to cover a ball completely. The design covers the marking lines which hides how the ball is marked.
The pattern comes from Elegant Temari, ISBN4-8377-0695-0 pgs 7 & 36.
The photo shows a 3 inch ball with forest green cotton thread matching the DMC 5 pearl cotton dark green #890. DMC 5 pale green #368, wine #3685, light wine #3687, pale pink #3354, white #blanc was also used. Kreinik 009 #12 dark green braid, Kreinik #153V #12 dark wine braid and Kreinik #002V #12 gold braid add sparkle to the design elements. Marking thread is the DMC 5 dark green #890. The design may be done on any size prepared ball.
|Select a square and add
additional marking lines on half the square,
per diagram (light blue dashed lines are additional markings).
additional marking lines are as if for marking the full square for a 16
division kiku, so half square has 8 marking lines. You will be
4 additional lines to the existing 4 lines (light blue dashed lines are
additional markings). Run marking lines to and anchor on
marking lines. Use the kiku stitch (herringbone) to create a half
kiku as per the red lines on the diagram at right. Measure
outside kiku point is roughly 1/3 of the marking line length.
kiku point is close to center, allowing only for a very small gold
flower center. The half kiku is done as usual, on alternate
lines. One pass does 4 petals; the next pass does the alternate
interleaved 4. Stitching tip: with a longer needle, you can
under mari threads and connect the end of one pass to begin the next
pass, thus eliminating a thread bury, a cut and a thread start.
Stitching color sequence is two white, two pale pink, two light wine, two wine and finish with one Kreinik wine braid on the outside. Four wraps of a color will complete the petal stitching of that color. Complete the lotus by backstitching a gold half circle in the flower center.
3. Do the next half kiku on an adjacent square. It should be positioned as in the diagram, end point to end point with the kikus facing as per the diagram. Continue doing half kikus, facing as per the diagram on adjacent squares. When completed, the four squares will connect in a ring around the mari.
|5. You will need to add an
additional marking line down the center of
each leaf. The position is annotated by the teal dotted line in
diagram. Run marking lines from an intersection where 6 existing
cross (and two half kikus meet) to the point on the opposite side of
the leaf. Anchor on existing marking lines. Measure the
thirds and place a pin at each third.
6. Each leaf is formed by a simple spindle stitch on the new marking line. The sequence of colors, from center out (as it is stitched) is: Green Kreinik, 4 light green, 3 dark green, Kreinik, 2 light green, 1 dark green, Kreinik, alternate light and dark green to fill space ending with Kreinik.