Kogin is a Japanese needlework technique used to strengthen fabric for heavy domestic use. It employs geometric designs and thick thread, traditionally white thread on blue fabric. It fits into the 'pattern darning' needlework category.
Although my project is only cushion size, it is very intense thread coverage - and a lot of counting!
I began it before Christmas, but made an error of scale. When working with aida fabric my brain equates squares on the chart with squares on the fabric, so I counted squares when I should have counted lines. After six diamonds I realised my error and put the work aside until I had time to start again. In late February I unpicked the work I had done, reread the instructions and started again.
I am making progress - now filling the gaps.
The cushion making went reasonably well. It wasn't very clear when the lining was added, but the instructions for joining the ends of the cording were terrific. Hope I remember next time I have to do it. The join is nearly invisible.
I doubled the thread in the twisted cord. The amount in the instructions didn't look as thick as the picture.
I am very pleased with the result. It is a chair pad, rather than a cushion - which is what a dining chair needs.
I do not, however, think I will make another seven to create a set. I don't like or need padding on my chair, so Jim can have this one and guests can have cushions if they want them!