Final Mathstodon Details

The bit of wall behind the Mathstodon, worked in cream trellis couching.

Well, now, it turns out there was more to the Mathstodon than I had first intended!

The mathstodon didn’t quite cover all the weakened fabric, so I added some trellis couching behind him to support the parts he hadn’t reached.

Then I felt he looked a bit odd with a wall but no floor, and added a floor in Bokhara Couching. Now I look at it, I feel it rather suggests the poor Mathstodon is heavier than the floor can take, which is a little unfair, as what I want to suggest is a Mathstodon happily using his counting frame for some mysterious purpose of his own!

The floor beneath the Mathstodon, in Bokhara Couching.
A Counting frame in stitchery, with beads of yellow, red, blue, and green. The mathstodon's trunk cank be seen manipulating the red row

The counting frame is two lines of chain stitch all around, with “wires” make of long stitches in the linen thread I bought for “Leaving The Tyne”. The beads are made with satin stitches. I did think of making them indicate a significant number, but there were two things in my way – first, which number to choose, and second, I was using thread from my Odds and Ends box, and wasn’t sure I’d have enough if I tried anything too exciting!

But he is now finished and has gone toddling off with The Australian for his next speaking engagement!


  1. Maybe Mathstodon is calculating how long the floor is going to carry his weight before it breaks! The counting frame and the beads look so cheerful.
    This charming darning will be the talk of the town!

  2. Sue Jones says:

    He’s grand! And his abacus is joyful. (I still think of red as two, green as five, blue as six and yellow as four.)

  3. Lin says:

    Such fun!

  4. Alex Hall says:

    He is a delight and a triumph but I agree, it does look as if the floor is made of RAAC…

  5. Karen says:

    That’s delightful!

  6. Terrie says:

    Very interesting story!

  7. Carolyn Foley says:

    It is amazing how these animals take on a life of their own!

  8. Linda says:

    Very clever animal.