Temari ball – herringbone kiku
December 13, 2015
I recently came across a design variation of the classic herringbone kiku, as stitched by a local sensei, Chihiro Kownacki. I decided to have a go.
Up until now, my herringbone kiku stitching has involved a zigzag from one division to the next; these two balls show what’s possible when stitching in the normal zigzag pattern, from pole to equator and back up to pole, but across two divisions.
The paler of the two was the first one stitched and the overly prominent opening at the pole was too wide. I decided to amp up the purple in a second ball and decrease the pole circle to good effect.
Pale: 28.5cm circumference, S16 in Anchor metallic thread on a black mari; pearl cotton 5 – 2 rows each of white, blue, purple then a final, single row yellow gold.
Dark: 30cm circumference, S16 in Anchor metallic thread on a black mari; pearl cotton 5 – 2 rows each of yellow gold, white, light purple, dark purple.