Temari Tuesday 4 – Cosmo 6, 54 (iii)

July 7, 2010

Source: Cosmo Book 6, Atarashii Temari (New Temari), ISBN 483770784x. Photo #8 p.21; pattern #3 p.54.

Model: This is a straightforward C10 design. Within each pentagon is a white “flower” and this is surrounded by a mass of geometric pentagons suggesting leaves and vegetation.

The mari is white and is only 26cm circumference, which means it won’t take weeks to complete. The jiwari are metallic gold. In terms of stitching colours, there are just four colours: mid-red, bright yellow, cream and mid forest green. The bright yellow is a focal point at the centre of the flower. Because this involves just a single row of stitching, this colour uses the least amount of thread. The three remaining colours use up equally large quantities of thread.

Method: Superficially, the stitching appears to be along the lines of “all over” temari involving working two geometric shapes at the same time. This is certainly the initial impression I got from the pattern diagram on page 55. However the photo shows one layer of geometric bands imposed entirely on top of another, so the bottom layer of mainly red bands has to be stitched first before the mainly green bands.

Step 1. ‘Red’ bands

First step is the ‘red’ bands which involves five rows, using all four thread colours. Each row describes a large pentagon. Follow the wide arc shown on the far left of the pattern, ignorning the shaded filled hexagons to the right. You’ll quickly realise that each of the first rows stitched crosses the intersections at each of the five points of each pentagon. Stitch the first w of white around each of the pentagons before moving to the next colour, two rows of red.  Continue stitching till five rows are completed. Consider the colour of the last row carefully because this will be the visual focal point of the flower.  

Step 2. ‘Green’ bands

At this point, your mind might start running away with all sorts of new ideas about how to use the remaining negative spaces. The bands become a potentially useful background for kiku ‘mum’ flowers, for example. But let’s stick with the pattern we’ve chosen. Stitch single pentagons in the spaces provided by Step 1. This will involve a total of five rows for each. For the remaining three outer green rows, stitch right around the full circumference of the ball so that each band of three stitches lies on top of the previous one. This is a clever device to provide visual unity between the pentagons and create the visual illusion that somehow the pentagons are closely linked.


Okay, so this is not the most beautiful temari in the basket, but it is satisfying to complete an “easy” C10 without trial and tribulation. As an Intermediate Level player, it’s been hard to stitch a satisfying temari at all in the last twelve months. The outer hexagons will dominate the inner geometry completely, depending on your colour combinations. The colours of the outer bands will dominate the entire ball a lot more than perhaps you anticipated. 

My most important tip I can give to anyone trying this surface design is to measure the 1/3 distances of the first row of stitches as accurately as possible. You will understand why when you go to the very last three rows. Be “generous” with your 1/3rds rather than “tight” – you can always groom the stitches “outwards” on finishing the ball.


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