This blog post is courtesy of Brensan Studios
If you are familiar with the Brensan Pattern line, you will already know that I am particularly fond of Asian Inspired designs . . . even the name is Japanese . . . Bren-san. San is like Mr. or Mrs. in our English language . . it is a form of respect and courtesy when saying someoneâ€™s name.
An Obi is a sash or belt used in traditional Japanese dress. Usually seen worn with Kimonos, the Obi has become very popular as a long table runner. An authentic Obi is very expensive, so I have designed a series of patterns inspired by the Japanese Obi.
The Obi Runner series of patterns are all designed in sections â€” as a repeat. You can lengthen or shorten the pattern by making more (or less) sections. The yardages provided will make a 114â€ long finished runner . . . . but if you want a longer runner, just make another section and keep on â€˜runningâ€™.
Three of the runners have curves, some are intermediate and some are more advanced â€” and one of the current patterns (Pagoda) is very easy straight lines â€” but all are designed to be as long as you want them to be . . . . infinity.
Even though they have curves in their design, Lotus Ladder and Valley Vista are really not difficult as the curves are not particularly â€˜tightâ€™. On the other hand, Tidepools is not for the beginner. Still not that much of a challenge â€“ just staystitch all the raw edges first, they clip to allow the curves to open up to match the other side â€“ complete instructions are included in the patterns.