Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Temari - starting the 16 point star

So our first temari, with 8 divisions and two centres, is now done.  Time to move on to the 16 division mari.

For this one, I decided to change up the two overlapping stars so that, instead of one 16 point star, there are two distinct 8 point stars.  I also decided to extend the points beyond the equator on one of them, which means there will be no obi.  I chose two colours per star, plus the metallic thread outline.

The first step was to mark out one of the 8 point stars.   

Temari - 16 point star

Here you can see me marking the pins for the South hemisphere, having already done the North.  I marked my strip of paper at 1 1/2 inches and 2 1/4 inches.  The distances are marked on alternating lines, as indicated by the arrows.  This pins are placed in the OPPOSITE positions from the North side.  The guidelines where you see the green outer pins in the photo had inner pins on the North side, while the yellow inner pins in the photo above are on lines with outer pins on the North side.  This is important, since the points of one star on the North side will extend into the South side of the equator and vice versa.

Temari - 16 point star

Here's what the fully pinned hedgehog looks like from the North pin.

Temari - 16 point star

For the first 8 point star, I chose two blues.  The stitching is started the same as usual, bringing the needle up as close to the North pin as possible, and to the left of a guideline.  Make sure that the needle is brought up on a guideline that has an outer ring of pins alongside it.

Temari - 16 point star

From there I worked the point below the pin marking the next guideline at the equator, working the needle from right to left as usual, in the South side of the equator.  Note the pin marking the outer ring in the South hemisphere is a short distance away.

Temari - 16 point star

Here's what the first couple of points looks like.  The equator pins can be removed once the points are stitched.

Temari - 16 point star

Continue working the points around the mari.

Temari - 16 point star

After one round, finish off the thread by burying it in the padding.

 Temari - 16 point star


Repeat on the South side of the mari.

Temari - 16 point star

When done, you will have your two elongated stars with their points slightly overlapping the equator's guideline position.

In the next post, we'll work the overlapping star in contrasting colours.




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