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Temari Pattern GT16 / TemariKai Simple Division Patterns

Intermediate design. Originally posted in 2011; contributed by Ginny T.
Materials: 25cm circumference mari, wrapped in black.

Pearl Cotton #5, Four shades of yellow-gold are used, darkest to lightest.
Metallic thread in gold

Prepare a Simple 16 Division

The pattern is a combination of Sujidate Uwagake Kagari and Uwagake Chidori Kagari.  The first 2 rounds are stitched in the normal manner; any variations are then applied in following rounds. Choose appropriate top and bottom marks to begin, and stitch the first 2 rounds of a kiku design using uwagake chidori kagari.
In general, when working patterns that have designs closing in to common boundaries it helps to stitch parts of all areas simultaneously. We all tend to have variations in tension and so forth as we stitch. By working a bit in each design section, these natural variations get balanced out. Our eye can more easily see any major deviance that would need fixing, before an entire section is completed and it's either much more work or too late to balance things out. In a simple division design the pattern often works towards the equator. When this happens, work several rounds alternating in each hemisphere for an easier time being sure both kiku motifs are progressing evenly and at the same pace. You'll also find it easier on modified Uwagake to begin your stitching at the bottom of the points rather than at the top if that is your norm.

To create this modified version, on one set of marking lines, work Sujidate Uwagake, carry the working thread over and pass the needle under ONLY the thread/stitch of the previous round, beginning with the 3rd round and then continuing in this same manner for the remaining rounds. For example, on Round 3, work over ONLY the thread/stitch of Round 2. For Round 4, work over ONLY the thread/stitch of Round 3, etc. When placing the stitch be sure to gently separate the threads of previous rounds to be able to place the needle cleanly. Be sure to not catch or split threads of previous rounds with the needle. Also be sure to pay attention to where the stitch is being taken and do not allow it to drop lower than if the stitch was being taken normally. For this version the alternate set of lines is stitched in the normal Uwagake Chidori manner.
This photo shows how the design will progress. It's worked with 3 rows dark gold, three rows dark yellow, 2 rows medium yellow and 2 rows light yellow. Notice the difference between the one set of lines worked in normal Uwagake and the set worked in Sujidate Uwagake.

Finish the temari by embellishing the centers and completing an obi embellishment as you wish.

It's also advisable to take the time to give a final grooming to the lay of the threads and stitches to smooth and place the threads.

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