Stretch the Points
A much needed skill in temari making
is not a stitch or technique but a concept, that of "stretching the
points". Were it not for Sue H and Sarah R. sharing their experiences
from lessons with Ozaki Sensei during their stays in Japan back in the
1990's, it would have been a much longer road when we al started out
together. It's that of, as Sarah said, "stretch the points".
While Sarah was referring to the
bottom points of uwagake chidori
, it is actually applicable to all corners (points are
really only sharp corners). There has to be space allowance made for the
volume of the thread when placing a stitch. Ordinarily this would be
about the width of the thread, but when the stitch is a sharp corner,
more has to be allowed. This is especially true if it's a point (and
therefore every important in uwagake
chidori kagari as tsumu
kagari. There must be enough space
around the stitch for the thread to double back on itself at the vertex.
Otherwise, there is no place for it to go and points/corners don't lay
flat or appear sharp and crisp. The result is a messy appearance, and
can be very frustrating.
The amount of space needed varies
on the gauge of the thread, and the acuteness of the angle. An acute
angle is one that is less than 90° (degrees). The
more acute the angle of the corner or point, the more the stitch has
to be "stretched"
- that is, taken farther away from what might
be thought of the normal position. The thicker the thread, likewise
the larger the stretch needs to be. When working with pearl cotton #5,
the amount of stretch is often about 2mm below the previous stitch.
However, there is no hard and fast rule. The biggest help is to follow
the rule of laying the thread where it needs to be and then take the
stitch to keep it there: carry the thread from the upper stitch down to
the point, straight along its lay, and where it crosses the marking line
is generally where the stitch needs to go.
On the other hand, neither should
there be open space showing between the stitches of the points. A little
practice and experience will soon have this being second nature.
|These tutorial photos all show
examples of stretch the point - the stitch is being placed farther
away from the previous round than instinct may will it to be.
The extra space is necessary for the volume of the thread to
have a place to lay.
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