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I am the craftiest daughter of a very crafty mother. She taught me a lot of crafty basics when I was young. In k-12, I used to get in trouble for drawing on my schoolwork. Later on I picked up a ...

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Maori Wave Medallion

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(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Maori Wave Medallion
Maori Wave Medallion
Maori Wave Medallion
Maori Wave Medallion

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • backstitch
  • herringbone ladder stitch (some guidance provided in pattern)

Pattern Description:

This pattern was inspired by Maori designs. It incorporates multiple elements:

The circle of life which includes the path of life ever ongoing, with no beginnings and no end.

Koru (Spiral) is the symbol of new growth, new life, peace and tranquility.

To work in the Pikorua (Twist), a powerful statement of loyalty, friendship & love, the outer circle of the pattern is meant to be stitched as a herringbone ladder stitch.

This pattern includes some guidance on how to do the herringbone ladder stitch and provides links to some of my favorite tutorials. The pattern itself is included in four different sizes ranging from about 4.5 inches down to 2.5 inches (you would need to stitch the smallest size using only a strand or two of floss).

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • multiple sizes included (see description)


  • fabric
  • embroidery floss

You Will Also Need:

  • Needle, scissors