|Beginner design. "The Fish Temari"...
inspired by TT member, Janny (from The Netherlands), Susan C.
and Elsie B. collaborated on working this design out. If colors
are chosen appropriately an image of a fish (or fish skeleton)
out at you when you look at it. Elsie B. and Sue C.
collaborated on this write up, originally posted in 2005.
From Elsie: I used a 3" mari. Experiment with other sizes if you
wish (webmaster's note - if you go much beyond a 3" mari, you probably
have to think about increasing the number of the vertical divide since
close spacing is part of what makes this illusion work). Wrap with
white or another light color. This will show, and becomes part of
the fish. Choose two stitching threads--one color the exact same shade
as the thread wrap (this will become the rest of the fish) and one dark
color for contrast to set off the fish motif. The marking is a Simple 8
marking with an obi, using the perle cotton that's the same color as the
ARRANGEMENT OF THE KIKU:
Around the North Pole you will be stitching a kiku using uwagake
on four of the threads (every other thread of
the eight) with the dark color. Also around the North Pole you will be
stitching a kiku on the other four threads with the light color.
Do the same on the South Pole side of the mari, but if a marking thread
has the dark color stitched on it at the NP, it will have white stitched
on it at the SP. If there is white on a thread at the NP, stitch
the dark color on that thread at the SP. Begin the dark kiku as close to
the poles as possible. Begin the white/light kiku about a
centimeter from the poles. When stitching the points toward the equator,
stitch them on the side of the equator away from the original
pole. For example, if the kiku is at the NP, the stitches at the
equator are taken on the SP side of the equator, and vice versa.
This allows the points to interweave with the kiku at the other pole and
form the fish's tail fins. The first round is just "over the
border" of the equator, and the subsequent rounds stretch toward the
STITCHING ORDER (Finally! You thought I'd never get to it, didn't
NP - go around once with the dark color
SP - go around once with the dark color
NP - go around once with the white/light color
SP - go around once with the white/light color.
Here's a super hint from Susan:
"If you start with your color at the equator, rather than the pole, then
when you've gone all around the top, you can just slide under the
equator a little bit to the next MT (marking thread) and do the color
around the bottom side (one less time to stop and start.)." Is
that not a cool hint? That means you don't have to have four
threads going at once! Keep stitching until the fish looks like it's a
good size for your temari and the fins all look like they're the right
size for your fish. When it looks OK to you, stitch a couple more
rounds with the dark color so the fish really stands out and is framed
by the dark thread. When it was all done, I did the official Hayashi (is
that correct???) 'nudge and fudge' step with the tail fins. You
can leave them so it looks like they are straight across (parallel to
the obi), or play with them so they form a 'V' shape. The
one in my TT file have v-shaped tail fins. Just use a blunt needle
to move the threads about and see what you come up with.
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