— Michael Franti (1966–)
A new stitch: braided uwagake chidori kagari — or braided kiku herringbone. Each pole has two four-pointed interwoven kiku flowers, but if you look at the inner petals on the close-ups, you can see that each round picks up just the round before it, and doesn't wrap around all the previous rows, as with traditional kiku herribone. I've been wanting to try this for while, and worked it out from some photos; I love how it looks, it's very much like a fish spine.
One star is more teal, the other more blue (I switched these two colors but not the others while executing the design) so it has a kind of kaleidoscopic effect. Free stitching around the obi.
Thread wrap in dark chocolate / coffee brown; S8 division in #8 DMC perle (before now if I used perle, I used #5, same as the stitching); embroidery in teal, blues, violets, and lavenders. The quote above by Michael Franti is in the bell box along with 12 brass rings. Circumference: 11.125 inches / 28.5 cm; diameter: 3.54 inches / 9 cm. Completed 11 December 2011 (no. 074).
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