Thursday, December 13, 2012

thousands of candles

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
— Buddha

My second go at a C10 clockwise / counter-clockwise swirl; this time I realized I needed to put exactly the same number of stitches into each of the 120 triangles (as opposed to just filling them with however many it took), as well as always start the stitching at the right-angle corner of the triangle. I chose to tack all the C10 intersections with metallic gold in reference to the quote inside—all those candle flames.

Thread wrap in black. C10 division in golden yellow perle with metallic gold tacking. Stitching in golden yellow. Not counting the division or the tacking (or the stitches underground to get to the next triangle), 1440 visible stitches. . . . The quote by the Buddha is in the bell box along with brass rings that make a quiet traditional rattle. Circumference: 11.75 inches / 29.7 cm; diameter: 3.74 inches / 9.5 cm. Completed 13 December 2012 (no. 221).

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