And the final part – for now. I wondered whether, if the nine-patch can be a circle, it could also be a ring:
I think it is at this point that it becomes unrecognisable as a nine-patch – although technically it is still a shape made from nine patches. If anyone’s interested, you can make the template quite easily by drawing two circles, one inside the other, and dividing the space into forty-degree segments.
There is a hand-dyed cotton yarn couched around the outer edge, and space-dyed perle cotton split-stitched around the inner edge. The ring itself was hand pieced over paper – the only way I can get anything near accurate piecing.
I may use some of these nine-patch ideas on the white series – more on that later.