Tuesday, December 27, 2011

braided herringbone (uwagake chidori kagari) + layered petal tips

For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.
— T.S. Eliot (1888–1965)

Having learned braided kiku herringbone — uwagake chidori kagari — with no. 74, I wanted to add the layered petal aspect of nos. 76 and 77. It kind of worked and kind of didn't, and I think what doesn't quite work for me is that as it's just one five-point flower at each pole, rather than two layered flowers, the spacing between rows is more obvious (compare to no. 74). On the other hand, I think that the layered intersections look neat as they form diamonds, and now on my list is trying a design of large open diamonds around the temari, with layered tips forming compact diamonds around the center (regular kiku herringbone, not braided). On this one, the top and bottom have little five-point kiku (Christmas) stars.

Thread wrap in violet; S10 division in #8 DMC perle; embroidery in purple, two shades of dusky lavender, and three shades of green. The quote above by T.S. Eliot is in the bell box along with 12 brass rings (for upcoming 2012). Circumference: 10.5 inches / 26.8 cm; diameter: 3.34 inches / 8.53 cm. Completed 24 December 2011 (no. 080).

Many pictures, for my personal archive . . .

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