TemariKai ToolKit -
Nejiri Kagari or Style: Interlocked
means twisted, as in twisted together, which translates as interlocked.
Shapes or elements are stitched independently of each other, and as
adjacent elements are worked, the thread of the current shape being
stitched is passed under one side and over the
opposite of the
previously worked element. An alternate style is a one-stroke element
that results in interlocking within that shape, such as nejiri
In the example to the right,
uwagake chidori kagari elements that are worked around the equator have
been treated with nejiri style. The nejiri is highlighted in the red
outline. Notice that the entire element interlocks with its opposite,
rather than in the thread-by-thread, row-by-row manner of kousa
It seems that the sequence of
under-over rather than over-under to create the interlock results in a
smoother outcome. Under-over maintains the thread and stitch on the same
level. It can be worked either way, but avoiding over-under will
maintain a smooth flow of the overall texture of the completed design.
|Begin by stitching the first element of the design - in this
case the blue triangle. Anchor and begin working the second
element. Using the eye end of the needle, pass the thread under
the rows of the first element.
||When passing the needle under the first element, be sure not
to catch any of the mari wrap threads. It can help to slide the
needle back and forth under the threads to be sure that it moves
freely without being caught. Pull the thread through, and take
the stitch as needed.
|Carry the thread over the opposite side of the first element
(which has established the under-over sequence), and continue to
stitch the shape.
Repeat for as many rounds as the design requires. All other
stitching requirements are used depending on the stitch being
executed, in addition to the under-over pass of the thread.
It's important to understand the difference between Kousa and Nejiri.
Nejiri is worked element by element. Kousa is worked row by row.
|This first illustration show nejiri
(interlocked); the second shows kousa (interwoven). The temari
shows both styles in use in one design.
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