|Accomplished Beginner design.
One of many patterns where an obi is woven through spindles (tsumu kagari).
Originally posted 2005; contributed by Susan C.
|Materials: 23 cm circumference mari in black
Pearl Cotton #5 in colors of your choice
Marking thread to match mari wrap.
It helps the effect of the pattern if the perle in the obi weave
is the same color as the mari wrap
Mark the ball in a simple 10 division with an equator, using a matching
thread to the mari base to make it invisible. Using colors of your
choice in perle #5, stitch tsumu
around the ten division lines. With this
pattern, it is necessary that the number of times you go around the
spindle must be an UNEVEN number. In my ball it was eleven rounds
(making the whole spindle 22 threads wide.) I suggest making one
whole spindle to begin with; you can then determine the number of rounds
you need so that the sides of your spindles will almost meet at the
equator and also allows you to see if you’re happy with your color
arrangement, before you stitch all ten spindles.
Starting pins for the spindles are 1/2 way between the north pole and
equator, and the other 1/2 way between the equator and south pole.
Be sure to stretch your
. Ends of the spindles should almost reach the north and
south poles. For this first spindle, I also find it helps to have
placed guide pins on the equator, one on either side of the division
line that I’m working around, 1/2 way between that division line
and the one adjacent to it. This way, I can gauge when my spindle
is nearing the right width. When your spindle almost reaches the
guide pins at the obi, count the number of thread rounds (on one side of
the division line) to be certain the total is an uneven number … if it’s
not, adjust by adding or taking off one round. Once you’ve got it
looking good, make the other nine spindles just like it – same color
arrangement and same number of thread rounds.
Now comes the fun part … weaving the obi. You do this with #5
perle that matches your mari wrap color. Use a double thread (but
don’t let them twist.) Wrap once around the obi – on top of all
threads of all spindles – the two threads should straddle your equator
marking thread, which probably peeks out in between the widest parts of
your spindles. To the north of these two threads, wrap around
again (keep using a double thread), this time weaving under the two
center threads of each spindle. To the north of this, wrap around
again, this time weaving under six threads of each spindle (the center
two threads and two additional threads on each side of the center
ones.) Continue in this manner, each time weaving under two
additional threads on each side of the center threads, until finally you
do one wrap where you are weaving under all threads of your
spindles. Repeat this same process on the south side of the
equator. You should end up with solid color diamonds going around
As a final touch, you can put a line of metallic thread from the edge of
each diamond, across the pole and down to the edge of the corresponding
diamond on the other side.
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