The Octagonal Borders Are Giving Me Trouble

Octagonal shape outlined with mosaic stitches, with some borders tacked in with stranded cotton.

If the long borders were looking monolithic, the large octagonal ones looked like a huge outcrop in the middle of nowhere!

So, as before, I’m playing with tacking stitch divisions to see whether I can plan some shapes that will give me a start.

These borders are too narrow, I think. They are the size that works in the long borders, but the different outline shape makes a difference, I think.

Octagonal shape outlined with mosaic stitches, with some borders tacked in with stranded cotton.

And I don’t think this works, either. The broader border somehow seems to make the shape unbalanced, which is very peculiar when it seems closer to dividing the shape into thirds on the diagonal.

At this point, I started to think in different directions. Maybe, instead of geometric divisions, I should think of a large “hero” stitch or stitched motif, which has rivers of stitching around it, or even one single other pattern running around it. Hmmm….

Octagonal shape outlined with mosaic stitches, with some borders tacked in with stranded cotton, and further stranded cotton outlining of a very large stitch motif, experimenting with placement.

So this next picture, believe it or not, is playing with that idea.

The red stranded cotton is placing the main skeleton stitches for a stitch motif called Milanese Pinwheel (another one which looks a lot like a patchwork motif to me!). The visual effect is a bit square in comparison with the real thing, not as helpful as I hoped – I may just have to Be Brave and be ready for a lot of unpicking!

3 Comments

  1. You seem to have painted yourself into a corner. I hope you find a way out of your dilemma.

  2. Karen says:

    Ah those pesky octagonal borders… I don’t know the answer to your unpick-or-not issue but I absolutely love the phrasing of your post title.

  3. Alex Hall says:

    That sounds like an interesting stich – will look forward to seeing how that pans out!

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