ToolKit - Kousa Kagari / Style 交
Kousa kagari or style (kousa means
interwoven) is very commonly seen in temari work. It happens because of
working in alternate layers or rounds. A common and simple example is
the interweaving of the rounds in a kiku design worked in uwagake
chidori kagari. Other designs are worked on the shapes in the marking,
one ( or more) round per shape per layer before moving on to the next
The most important need in working
kousa style is keeping track of the rounds and being sure that the
alternating sequence is kept intact. Check out the
Kousa Help page
for more hints, tips and examples of kousa style.
|Two or more stitching paths are identified in the design.
Begin by stitching 1 row (or more if the pattern designs specify
but the most common is 1) on each path. Here it is a square
(worked first) and then a triangle. Note the stitch of the
corner of the triangle overlaps the corner stitch of the square.
Return to the square and stitch one round. The corner stitch
overlaps into the triangle.
Repeat with one round on the square.
Continue to alternate one row on each shape.
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