Tuesday Temari balls 14 – interlocking diamonds and pentagons

November 10, 2010

Having a rest from last week’s ‘all-over ‘, I was drawn by a small colour photo of an ‘all over’ made up of geometrics.  There were no detailed instructions with the photo, but the pattern of interlocking diamonds and pentagons looked straight forward enough being obvious after having done a few Complex 10 division balls. Call back later for a photo of my version!


Cosmo 3 Atarashii Temari. Colour photo p.6, short description in Japanese on p.70. Mari 27cm circumference; Complex 10 division lines; colours are green, red, white purple, possibly in the following disposition (working from the inside of the diamonds and pentagons outwards: x3 light green, x4 red, x4 white, x2 purple (total: x13).

My interpretation

I prepared a 26cm circumf mari in dark Old Gold thread with dark copper division lines. Starting on the inside of the diamonds and hexagons, I worked threads in perle cotton 5 as follows: x2 light green, x2 dark blue, x5 light yellow, x2 mid-purple (total: x11). The main problem encountered early on was the way in which the first stitched row of each triangle pulled out of shape the first stitched row of each pentagon. Despite additional stitches somewhat ‘evening out’ the pentagon, the pentagons still have a skewed look about them. The other difference from the Cosmo model was that my diamonds all had small spaces in the middle of them where the mari showed through. In the model, all the interlocking elements ‘met up’. I’m not entirely sure if the numbers of stitched rows varied from diamonds to pentagons, but I suspect the problem is not distorting shapes in the very first rows of stitches. Distortion to the pentagons won’t happen if I very deliberately ‘stretch the points’ when stitching the first row of stitches in the diamonds. I persisted to the end, mainly because of the overall color scheme. I see this as the first of many future attempts at ‘all-over’ interlocking geometrics.

 Thinking Geometry

Since the mari is essentially 100% covered, the pattern rather fits in the category of ‘all over’. But several things emerge from this week’s work in terms of geometrical shapes, given that temari balls are either purely geometrical or a combination of geometrical and representational (e.g. naturalistic flowers such as plum, cherry, chrysanthemum).

C10 Interlocked Diamonds and Hexagons

While this week’s ball is an ‘all over’ temari ball using interlocked diamonds and hexagons, see also Cosmo 2 photo p.3 no.13, instructions pp.60-61.

C10 Interlocked Triangles and Pentagons

See Kii Temari photo p.4

C10 Interlocked Triangles and Diamonds

See Fun with Temari photo p.18 no.2

‘Kite’ shapes

This week’s example threw up obvious ‘kite’ shapes, even though the kite shape is not actually stitched here. For another surface pattern where the ‘kite’ shapes are actually stitched, see Cosmo 2 photo p.2 no.5.

C10 Interlocked Kites and Triangles

See Elegant Temari photo p.5

C10 Interlocked Triangles

See Elegant Temari photo p.20 no.3.

C10 Overlapping Pentagons

See Cosmo 6, p.21 no.8.

 Having considered C10 variations on this week’s ball, it’s a simple leap of the imagination to implications for C8.

 C8 interlocking squares and diamonds

See Cosmo 4, photo 24 no.5 and description on p.69.

C8 interlocking triangles and diamonds

See Cosmo 7, photo p.15.

C8 overlapping squares

See Cosmo 7, photo p.15 no.1, and Cosmo 5 photo p.16 no.3.

C8 overlapping/interlocking squares and diamonds

See Cosmo 6, photo p.17 no.6. No.5 is a C10 version.

 Obviously because these are nice surface designs for Intermediate temari stitchers, I’ll stitch some of them in the weeks and months ahead.


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