Difficulty Level: Beginner to Accomplished Beginner
Originally posted January 2000; contributed by Diane B.
Prepare a 25 - 30 cm circumference mari with standard thread wrap. The
wrap should be in a dark color; black is ideal. Divide and mark a Simple
16 with equator using metallic or other decorative thread.
Place marking pins on the division lines 1/2 the distance from the
equator to pole. Beginning at the north pole, work a kiku design using uwagake chidori
on the first set of alternate lines, placing the
upper stitches as close to the pole as possible, and the bottom stitches
at the marking pins. Use your own choice of thread color(s) and number
of rounds. The bottom of the kiku should stop far enough from the
equator to allow for some decoration as an obi, if desired. You will
have 8 petals.
On the second/alternate set of marking lines, work the kiku design using
uwagake chidori kagari with stitching thread that matches the ball wrap.
Work nejiri style / interlocking
so that the threads pass under the threads of the previous rounds on the
left side, and over them on the right side. Work about one half to
one third the number of rounds on this set of lines as was worked on the
first set. The bottom of the second kiku will not extend as far as the
Decorate the obi as desired. Part of the mystery is “what
children’s toy does this design resemble?”
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