12524Help With Lacing Pattern of Shitagarami
- Jan 14, 2004Greetings!!!
Ohayo, Noble Samurai
First off, my thanks to those who provided information on obtaining lacing for
mr armour project. I've emailed St. Louis Braids and will probably go with
them should there be no problems shipping to Canada.
I have another question though, this one on the lacing process itself. This
posting will be a wee bit long but I hope that it will all make sense in the end.
Now, I am using kozane in the hon kozane style. When I start putting these
pieces together, as I understand it I must first lace the bottom four rows to
make shitagarami (apologies if I am saying this wrong).
Each key scale hon kozane has two columns with four rows of holes for
shitagarami. (For this message I am ignoring the other punched holes being
used for odoshi.) When they overlap they will only have one column of four
visible. From Edward of Effingham's site, I also see that I need a left hon
kozane, which only has one column of punched holes. Finally there is a right
hon kozane, also one column of four holes.
So in this example (with a really, really small armour), we would have: left hon
kozane, 3 key scale hon kozane, right hon kozane. I believe that this makes,
with overlap, four columns and four rows of holes. To grid them out, they
would look like:
C1R1 C2R1 C3R1 C4R1
C1R2 C2R2 C3R2 C4R2
C1R3 C2R3 C3R3 C4R3
C1R4 C2R4 C3R4 C4R4
Now, from the two sites I have seen: Edward of Effingham's Sengoku/Katchu
site and Wakagashira, it appears that one length of lacing is used to do all
four rows: a bottom grouping of two rows and an upper grouping of two rows.
Looking at the Sengoku site, Chapter 4: Kozane, 'Detail of shitagarami', the
bottom grouping appears from the front to be vertical (C2R3 down to C2R4,
up diagonally from behind to C3R3...), the upper grouping appears from the
front to go in a diagonal stitching(C2R2 to C3R1, down from behind to
C3R2...). That I understand and I see how that will work for the middle
sections of the kozane.
What I am curious about are the end pieces, and how the laces are moved up
to the next grouping of two rows. Are there going to be open holes at the
bottom of the kozane? Do I start at C1R4 or R3?
Any information on this would be VERY greatly appreciated. I've been
working out patterns for a week now and something is just plain eluding me.
Many, many thanks in advance.
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