ToolKit - Maki Kagari 巻
Maki Kagari is the term for
wrapping threads around the mari to form bands of color. Often the bands
will be interwoven or layered in some sort of design, or they can stand
alone as for example, an obi design/enhancement. This technique is easy
to learn and do, as
long as you pay
attention to a few details. Maki kagari is easy to estimate
working thread length - just wrap the stitching thread around the mari
as many times as needed/desired for the band width, plus enough to enter
and exit the thread.
|Enter the thread and come up just to the side of the marking
line. Notice the direction of the needle. To obtain smooth
results so that the beginning and end of the thread cannot be
seen in the band, keep the needle going in the direction of the
|Wrap the thread around the mari, being sure to stay close to
the marking line, and keep the ensuing thread rounds close to
each other. Place a pin where you entered the thread so that you
can keep track of the number of rounds more easily and know
where the starting point is. Circumscribe the mari as many times
as the pattern requires for the width of the band or color set.
|At the end of the band, carry the thread a few mm past the
original starting point. Enter the needle into the mari very
close (but not under) the last thread round, and carry it well
past the end point, as close to parallel to the thread wrap as
you can. These two things will give you a smooth start/stop, so
that it's almost impossible to see the beginning and end of the
band. If you are working a design with multiple bands,
especially ones that are next to each other, be sure to stagger
the starts and stops of the adjacent bands against their
neighboring bands, as well. If the design calls for wrapping the
band on the opposite of the marking line, shift to the other
side by carrying the thread under the mari wrap, and repeat the
process. Otherwise, end the thread.
|Staggering the start and stop and keeping the needle/thread
parallel to the band is so important, it bears an illustration
of what not to do. Don't end at the same place that you started,
and don't enter/exit the needle and thread on an angle to the
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