I have been getting a lot of questions and comments about this one, so I thought it would be good to do a blog about it. It does look striking, especially with one layer done in stripes and one solid.
I have been stitching renzoku long enough so that I had a very basic understanding of the stitching path of this particular kind of renzoku. That is not to say it was easy to understand; it took me years of on and off stitching of Renzoku to be able to stitch them without a diagram.
This topic came up on Ustream right when I had decided that I had enough of HHG temari and was looking for something else to peak my interest. I have always liked this kind of pattern. It reminds me a bit of the Spirograph I used to play with. Ginny had stitched a 4 pointed renzoku, I had stitched a 5 pointed renzoku, so I thought I would go for a 6 point renzoku. I had never seen the pattern in any books, but that wasn’t a problem. I knew the “rules” for the round about path I was planning to stitch so I didn’t need a diagram.
At this point it is important to note, I put the word “rules” in quotation because in temari the are no rules written in stone, other then it must be a ball shape. We can adapt a pattern and when we do we change the “rules” of that particular pattern. I don’t want anyone to narrow the definition of Renzoku. It is much broader than the few temari I have stitched. It is just that, when I delve into playing with a particular pattern or element I give myself parameters to work within and I call those parameters “rules”.
For the temari I was playing with there was only a couple of rules that I gave myself. I would need extra guidelines shaped as a star with inner points approximately 1/3 down from the pole and the outer points approximately 1/3 up from the equator. I found I did have to adjust these by eye but 1/3 was my starting place. The other rule was to carry my thread straight across the pole and take my stitches on the outside of my star point guidelines and not catch previous rows as I stitched.
I followed the above rules and ended up with a 3 point renzoku. It was quite a surprise. I decided to stitch the second path in a solid color so I could see the finished paths better.
There is more that I learned from stitching all the renzoku that I stitched. I know why I get a 3 point renzoku for an S12 marking using the above rules and I know different ways to change the stitch path so that I would get a six point renzoku without having to layer 2 paths, but that is for another blog.