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Koinobori - Carp Flag Banner embroidery


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A couple of years ago my family had an amazing opportunity to spend a month in Japan. It was the trip of a lifetime and I'm still inspired by so much of what we saw. We arrived in April when there are carp flags flying everywhere to celebrate Children's Day. They fly in front of every home and business and the effect is beautiful. Traditionally they fly from a pole. The top fish is the biggest and represents the father. It's usually black. The next one down is red and represents the mother. After that are smaller fish for each of the children (sometimes just the sons). Those usually start with blue and then move into other colors depending on the region. I love the idea of this and wanted to create a version that was a smaller indoor banner, with one fish representing each member of the family. The embroidery pattern includes fish in three sizes (10, 9 and 8 inches long). You could easily reduce them down even smaller to add more children, or you can make all the children the same size. This is a very simple pattern and only uses basic embroidery stitches. And the pattern has links to videos teaching how to do every stitch. You can make this! This is a PDF pattern so you'll receive it right away. Instant gratification! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY thread a needle SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS pattern include 8, 9, and 10 inch fish, but it includes instructions for enlarging or reducing

Supplies Needed

  • white fabric
  • two colors of embroidery thread for each fish, plus black, red and yellow
  • double fold bias tape

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