|Advanced beginner design. Sue H. learned this while studying in Japan with Ozaki Sensei. Originally posted 2005; contributed by Sue H.|
|Materials: 24cm circumference mari, wrapped in
black. black temari base divided into 20 with equator in
Pearl cotton #5 in white, black, red, green and brown; it is important to use these colors since they are associated with cranes.
Gold marking thread
Prepare a Simple 20 with gold marking thread.
|1: Thread your needle with a single strand of green and create
a wrapped obi – 5 rounds on the north side of the equator line,
5 rounds on the south side of the equator line.
2: Use brown thread to create a diagonal line across the obi from one marking line to the next.
|3: You will be stitching uwagake chidori kagari. If you have trouble keeping the pole stitches even, pin a small paper circle to the pole. Fold the paper into quarters to find the center. Pin marking lines, measuring 2 cm from the edge of the obi toward the North Pole; however, leave 3 consecutive marking lines without pins.Place a pin on these 3 marking lines near the pole to help remind you not to stitch on these lines until later.|
5: You now have marking lines #1 through #17 designated with a pin 2 cm from the edge of the obi. Begin with a double strand of white. Enter the thread about 1 cm from pole or at the pole guide. Keeping both threads from twisting, take a stitch just below the pin near the obi on the next marking line. Continue around in this chidori kagari method to marking line #17. Anchor and exit the thread.
|7: Using double thread in black, repeat steps 5 and 6 with
uwagake chidori kagari with the pole stitch 2-4 mm below the
white stitch, and the lower stitch 4-6 mm below the white
stitch. Don’t be afraid to stretch
8: Using double thread in white, repeat steps 5 and 6 with uwagake chidori kagari, with the pole stitch 2-4 mm below the black stitch, and the obi stitch 4-6 mm below the black stitch. Don’t be afraid to stretch the points.
9: Remove the three pins on the unused marking lines (#20, #19, #18). With double thread in white, bring your needle up from under the 1st row pole stitch on marking line #17; bring the threads toward the obi on marking line #19 (the center one of the three unused marking lines) so that it ends about the same distance from the obi that the third round of kiku stitching ends (about 1 cm).
10: With double thread in white, bring your needle up about 2 cm from the edge of the obi on marking line #20; carry the threads to a point just over the line created in step 9 and take a stitch about 2-3 cm from the obi edge. Carry the threads back over the line created in step 9 and bury the end under the 1st white pole stitch on marking line #1.
|11: With single strand of red, take two overlapping stitches
on top of the white stitch.
12: Repeat pin placement and create another crane on the opposite pole. Crane heads may be on the same marking lines, or placed in the opposite direction
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