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Another pattern - izutsu-tsunagi

I’m back from Japan, and I’ve just completed the latest pattern for Vol. 2 of the patterns ebook. This one is the izutsu-tsunagi pattern.

There are a number of different patterns under the
izutsu grouping (izutsu - 井筒 means well curb, the supporting structure around a well). Kumiko pattern names will often vary depending on the area or person making the pattern. In my Shoji and Kumiko Design Book 1 The Basics, I referred to one of the patterns as izutsu-tsunagi. I used that as a simple generic term; I’ve seen it referred to as yotsuba izutsu-tsunagi, yotsuba izutsu-tsugi, zutsu-izutsu, and simply izutsu-tsugi, so there’s no set name for these less-commonly used patterns. To simplify everything, the pattern below is the one I’ll refer to as izutsu-tsunagi, and the one in Book 1 The Basics I’ll now refer to as yotsuba izutsu-tsugi. It may be a little confusing, but hey, that’s part of the fun of kumiko patterns.

Izutsu-tsunagi pattern

This pattern is fairly straightforward, but with the large number of joints very closely spaced, it is quite time-consuming, and accuracy is critical. This pattern would look stunning in a ranma, either by itself or in conjunction with another pattern, or as a bottom base pattern for a shoji.

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