ToolKit - Kagari か
がり (Tiny Stitch)
One Japanese word for "stitch" is
; an alternate word is gake
. Differences arise from the
various dialects and areas of Japan where the terminology originates,
but these are the two words used for "stitch", with kagari
being the more common. Most Japanese stitch names will have kagari
as the last part of it
(usually kagari); just know that gake
means the same thing.
Kagari literally translates
as "tiny stitch" - the word "tiny" being key - as in small dress-making
stitches. The action of bringing the thread up from the mari after
anchoring it (see Basics: Little Things), placing the thread where you
want it to be, entering the needle into the mari base, and pulling it
working thread through to secure the thread in that place, is taking a
stitch - or, creating kagari.
One needs to focus on the
size of the stitch in that it is tiny, about 2mm or so, in order to
obtain a clean crisp outcome with clear resolution in temari designs.
There are a few exceptions to the size of the stitch within some
specific temari stitches, but unless otherwise specified, a "regular"
stitch in temari making is this small bite of the mari base.
The thread is pulled thorough
the thread wraps, so that the visible thread on the surface of the mari
falls into place with moderate tension. It should stay in place against
mild friction, but not be so tight so as to pull the marking threads out
of alignment, strain the entry and exit points of the thread, or
dent/alter the shape of the mari. Conversely, there should not be
any floppiness or looseness visible, or space seen between the thread
and the mari due to too loose tension.
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