Temari Tuesday – Temari Pattern 0702

June 21, 2010

The first of an anticipated series of weekly posts devoted to temari.

This week, adventures with Temari Pattern 0702 (see www.temarikai.com), originating from the Japanese book Owari Temari: special temari from Owari, Japan (ISBN4-8377-0391-7).

Ginny Thompson doesn’t advocate a mari smaller than 29 or 30cm circumference because it inhibits the feature of this ‘all-over’ temari, the passed-under rounds. I opted for a 33cm ball, covered not in white, as per the photos in the Temarikai version, but a dark acid yellow, i.e. an ochre yellow muddied with some green. This is likely to create some vaguely dark, off-yellow centres for the white flower in each pentagon. 33cm is a slightly larger ball than usual for me, but not so large as to take weeks to finish.

Day One

I marked the ball in 10-Combination with jiwari in metallic thread (DMC Gold two-ply, split in half to form single threads). These jiwari are really only visible in the centre of each flower.

The remaining colours were dark blue and midnight blue (used instead of black) for the pentagons and some reds, pinks and a single yellow round for the colour in each of the petals of the white flower. Though the colour scheme is little different from the one illustrated in the pattern, they look a lot better on the ball than the in the photographs.

Those familiar with working an ‘all-over’ pattern will appreciate the need to start stitching in the centre of each line in each geometric shape, and the discipline of working each geometric shape in turn. It’s important to start each where you last finished off in order to create even stitching at the corner of each shape. Nothing much to report then, except  don’t be swayed by the photo where colours appear to be worked in double-thread! They are all in fact single rounds.

My pentagons are not exactly all equal-sided, but I am persisting. With Intermediate Patterns, patience and stoicism are required since the first effort is almost inevitably going to be a struggle (otherwise it wouldn’t be Intermediate!). “Prac ball” or a practice attempt followed by a more meticulous and accurate second attempt is the name of the game here.

Having started with stitches halfway along each axis, one eventually comes to approx. a quarter of the way along each axis. So aesthetically and visually this is the place to introduce a new element.

Day Two+

The new element is a process of passing-under of each round and the third photograph in the pattern needs to be understood prior to stitching! In effect, when stitching each diamond, pass the needle under your previous triangle stitches and pass over the pentagon stitches. Similarly for the triangle, pass under the previous diamond stitches and pass over the pentagon stitches.

At least that’s where I’m up to at the moment… and I’m nervous because it’s not looking much like Photo 4 on page 3 of the .pdf format of the pattern. I’ve learned from experience not to panic overly at times like these: you just have to trust the pattern’s author, your interpretation of the text and photos and go with the temari gods! It is all about process, after all, not a perfect outcome at the first attempt.

Because of the passing under and over threads, this is going to take some time to complete. If the first half of the stitching was more or less automatic, this half won’t be. And the seams on this soccer ball (it is FIFA World Cup time!) are narrowing more quickly than I’d like.

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