Kogin sashimi thread disposal

◆Basic thread handling for Kogin-zashi
This information is so commonplace that I don't need to write about it, but I would like to touch on it at least once. The Suterata kit created for those who are just starting Kogin embroidery includes multiple methods in addition to the basic thread arrangement described here. (We are considering making sales possible when they return to Japan temporarily.)
The method of tidying up the thread will vary depending on the book or the person teaching you, as well as the product and the content of the work (will the back be part of the work or will it be hidden, whether or not it will be a three-dimensional work, etc.), so as an individual , I recognize that there is no correct answer.

◆ Ending the thread at the top of Modoko (basic pattern)

This is an example of how to end the thread at the top, but you can do it in the same way no matter where you end the thread. From the Koginzashi books I have read so far, it seems that tama-knot and tama-dome are generally not done.

① Stab to the top

② Scoop up 2 (or 4) warp threads from the bottom row (or 2 rows below)

③Remove the needle and cut the thread about 3-5mm from where it was removed.

Kogin thread is often made by twisting multiple threads together, and there seems to be quite a bit of friction from the moment the thread is threaded through the fabric, so the actual finishing distance of about 1cm as shown above. But it rarely comes off. If you have ever made a mistake in stitching and pulled out the thread, you will probably find it difficult to pull out the thread at that point.

◆Bonus Story When my mother learned Kogin-zashi in a high school class, she first cut the thread to a length that extended beyond the width of the fabric. Complete the thread in one row. Without tidying up the threads, I ask the tailor to leave the fabric with threads sticking out like sleeves on the left and right sides of the fabric. I enjoyed making Kogin-zashi using this method. When I read a book and saw someone tidying up the threads like the one above, I wondered how they were doing it. I was impressed by the number of times I heard this. On the other hand, I remember being very relieved to learn that there was a tailoring method that was not included in the book. The fact that there is no right answer gives me a sense of how people lived back then, and I find it somewhat reassuring.
It's no surprise that there are many ways to dispose of yarn, from various viewpoints such as ease of teaching in classes, content of assignments, tailoring content, and coloring.

I hope I can continue to relax and enjoy Koginzashi! Nice to meet you.

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