mscroggs.co.uk
mscroggs.co.uk

subscribe

Blog

 2018-12-23 
Recently, I made myself a new Christmas decoration:
Loyal readers may recognise the Platonic solid presents from last year's Christmas card, last year's Advent calendar medals, or this year's Advent calendar medals.
If you'd like to make your own Platonic solids Christmas cross stitch, you can find the instructions below. I'm also currently putting together some prototype Platonic solids cross stitch kits (that may be available to buy at some point in the future), and will be adding these to the piles of prizes for this year's Advent calendar.

You will need

Instructions

Cross stitch thread is made up of 6 strands twisted together. When doing your cross stitch, it's best to use two strands at a time: so start by cutting a sensible length of thread and splitting this into pairs of strands. Thread one pair of strands into the needle.
Following the patterns below, cross stitch rows of red and non-red crosses. To stitch a row, first go along the row sewing diagonals in one direction, then go back along the row sewing the other diagonals. When you've finished the row, move the the row above and repeat. This is shown in the animation below.
When doing the first row, make sure the stiches on the back cover the loose end of thread to hold it in place. Looking at the back of the aida, it should look something like this:
When you are running out of thread, or you have finished a colour, finish a stitch so the needle is at the back.
Then pass the needle through some of the stitches on the back so that the loose end will be held in place.

Patterns

The patterns for each solid are shown below. For each shape, the left pattern shows which colours you should cross in each square (/ means red, o means non-red); and the right pattern shows where to add black lines after the crosses are all done.
Pattern for a tetrahedron (click to enlarge)
Pattern for a cube (click to enlarge)
Pattern for a octahedron (click to enlarge)
Pattern for a dodecahedron (click to enlarge)
Pattern for a icosahedron (click to enlarge)

Similar posts

Christmas (2018) is over
Christmas card 2018
Christmas (2018) is coming!
Christmas (2017) is over

Comments

Comments in green were written by me. Comments in blue were not written by me.
 Add a Comment 


I will only use your email address to reply to your comment (if a reply is needed).

Allowed HTML tags: <br> <a> <small> <b> <i> <s> <sup> <sub> <u> <spoiler> <ul> <ol> <li>
To prove you are not a spam bot, please type "median" in the box below (case sensitive):

Archive

Show me a random blog post
 2019 

Sep 2019

A non-converging LaTeX document
TMiP 2019 treasure punt

Jul 2019

Big Internet Math-Off stickers 2019

Jun 2019

Proving a conjecture

Apr 2019

Harriss and other spirals

Mar 2019

realhats

Jan 2019

Christmas (2018) is over
 2018 
▼ show ▼
 2017 
▼ show ▼
 2016 
▼ show ▼
 2015 
▼ show ▼
 2014 
▼ show ▼
 2013 
▼ show ▼
 2012 
▼ show ▼

Tags

the aperiodical sport game show probability games manchester science festival gerry anderson talking maths in public interpolation golden spiral trigonometry christmas big internet math-off nine men's morris accuracy harriss spiral world cup craft binary hexapawn coins twitter data captain scarlet countdown rhombicuboctahedron wool propositional calculus dragon curves triangles martin gardner inline code light curvature dataset hats dates mathsteroids pythagoras electromagnetic field royal baby national lottery flexagons folding paper video games matt parker tmip php go manchester mathsjam asteroids platonic solids arithmetic sorting ternary draughts geometry oeis sound european cup polynomials reuleaux polygons cambridge books mathslogicbot news misleading statistics radio 4 palindromes stickers football python pac-man london puzzles cross stitch estimation frobel plastic ratio error bars javascript london underground logic latex noughts and crosses realhats final fantasy bubble bobble people maths christmas card probability game of life bodmas chess a gamut of games graph theory braiding chebyshev approximation pizza cutting speed tennis chalkdust magazine machine learning programming reddit folding tube maps raspberry pi statistics weather station fractals golden ratio rugby menace map projections

Archive

Show me a random blog post
▼ show ▼
© Matthew Scroggs 2019