ToolKit - Uwagake Chidori Kagari 上
translates to: uwa
zigzag. It is a particular application of the basic Chidori
worked in repeating rounds or rows, such that the working
thread of the second or higher round is carried over
the previous rounds before
the needle to complete the stitch. Which marking lines or sets of
marking lines are worked on, and whether there are any variations from
the basic stitch will be contained in the directions for the particular
temari design you are making. The only thing that is needed to learn is
this basic stitch execution. Uwagake chidori kagari is one of the
requirements for JTA
|The photo at left highlights several of the uwagake areas
creating while executing uwagake chidori kagari in this design.
Notice that they form an interwoven section, in the shape of an
inverted "v" or wedge. This is the hallmark
characteristic of uwagake chidori.
|This example is worked on a Simple
8 division. Anchor a working length of thread and enter it
to the left of a marking line a short distance from the pole.
Work one round of chidori kagari
around the pole. All upper stitches should be the same distance
from the pole, and all lower stitches should be the same
distance from the equator. Proceed to the next step before
taking the last stitch of this round near the pole.
|Carry the working thread over
the thread of the previous stitch as shown in the photo to the
||Following the rule of "place the thread, then take the stitch
to keep it there", lay the thread parallel to that of the
previous round, tracking down to the bottom point of the zig
zag. Take a small stitch on the marking line under the point of
the first round.
|Lay the thread parallel to the previous round and carry the
thread up to the pole. Continue to carry the thread over the
previously laid threads, and take a stitch around all of them.
Allow the stitch width to widen as needed, rather than keeping
to the standard tiny size of kagari.
This is what creates the widening wedge of uwagake. Repeat these
steps around the line set to complete the round.
|Repeat the steps for the next round. When stitching the bottom
points, it is important to stretch
the stitch position. Notice the distance the stitch is
being taken below that of the previous one. An allowance must be
made for the volume of the thread to turn the corner of the
point. If the stitch is placed too close, the point will not lay
smoothly, flat and sharp. for #5 pearl cotton, the stretch
distance is usually about 2mm, but this is not a constant value.
It will change based on the thread, number of divisions and size
of the mari. The important thing is to pay attention and adjust
as needed for a smooth point.
|Each top stitch will widen as there are more threads to pass
over; this is natural and needed for the execution of the
stitch. Each ensuing round will be about 1 thread-width wider
and lower than the previous one.
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