Koinobori - Carp Flag Banner - Hand Embroidery Pattern

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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!

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Jul 12, 2016 by Shannon Dodd
👍👍😊😊Its easy and wonderfull. Thanks😊
Mar 30, 2016 by Didem Martinez
well designed pattern with clear instructions
Nov 2, 2015 by janero
Can't wait to get started. Thanks.
Apr 9, 2015 by Catherine Peery

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