Tuesday Temari 16 – Cosmo 2 p.2/no.3

November 26, 2010

Source: Cosmo 2 (Sousaku temari/Creative temari). ISBN-48377020805

Colour photo, p.2 no.3; brief description, p.67.

White mari of approx 27-28cm circumference, judging from the colour photo; brown diamonds joining up at the seams around the north and south poles, in combination with interwoven bands of gold and green, stitched as triangles worked under and over the brown bands. There appear to be around 8 threads in the brown bands, which roughly equates to a 1cm-wide band. The gold/green bands appear to be slightly thinner at around 6 stitches each.

Commentary: This is a nice, straightforward design on a C8. I had a C8 mari with gold jiwari, already made up, sitting around doing nothing. I also used some 2/20 tencel – a high-sheen, natural cellulose “fibre” similar to bamboo – very thin thread in this case, which is a good substitute for silk in kumihimo braiding. I could have doubled up the thread, but I thought with such a relatively simple surface design, the slow stitching wouldn’t become too challenging or tiresome. The grey used to work the diamond-shapes was 2/20 weaving yarn, doubled-up. It is very matt by comparison with perle cotton or tencel, and ends up closing resembling the faded quality of antique temari. Of course with such thin stitching thread, it helps to have jiwari firmly in position and fine sewing thread on the mari base. I have only done a few rare experiments with perle cotton #8, obviously finer (and slower to work) than perle cotton #5, but I want to move into working with different threads including ‘proper’ silk.

Variations:  Here’s the same interwoven triangles (red and white) but in this variation, where the triangles meet is outlined by two squares (in purple and then in pink). In addition, on page 3 of Cosmo 2 (number 14) is a photo of a C10 mari where the diamonds are worked in two colours, with a band worked over/under those diamonds.


Palle temari giapponesi – in italiano

Comincio qui le mie spiegazioni di <temari> in italiano. Nel suo blog, un’amica americana ha cominciato recentemente a descrivere la tecnica dei temari  o ‘sfere temari’ in spagnolo, dunque comincio qui in italiano. Sto facendo i miei progetti per l’anno prossimo e ho trovato questo disegno, abbastanza semplice, in Cosmo 2, nella mia collezione di libri giapponesi.  Questa palla e’ divisa secondo la struttura C8 (cosi’ chiamato “otto complesso”);  poi ho cucito nel colore grigio le forme romboidali, cominciando 1cm dai jiwari (le linee divisori, qui in oro). Poi ho cucito i triangoli, quelli punti nei colori verde e rosso, intrecciando un filo di verde poi un filo di rosso.

3 Responses to “Tuesday Temari 16 – Cosmo 2 p.2/no.3”

  1. Gloria Adamonis Says:

    Your Italian is very good. I am Italian, ist generation American and I used to Parlare la Lingua in totto, no inglese. do you have people in Italy that are making temari? I would love to meet them and see their work. You know where my work is, you can send them some of mine by way of introduction. My mother was convent educated in Bassano dal Grappa and of course, the girls did all the needlework.

    • rodbyatt Says:

      Ciao, Gloria! Mi piacciono molto le tue palle temari. Non conosco nessuno in Italia che faccia o cuce le palle temari giapponesi, ma tutti nella communita’ mondiale di kumihimo conoscono bene Giovanna Imperia. Quest’american ha scritto un libro in italiano.
      Studio italiano all’universita’ a distanza e part-time, l’Universita’ di New England, ad Armidale (NSW, Australia); sto aspettando i voti di quest’anno e sto leggendo i libri per l’anno prossimo: Anna Banti, Artemisia; Italo Calvino, Il barone rampante; Pirandello, Il fu Mattia Pascal. Sto imparando un vocabolario nuovo, parole strane come “palle” e “cucire”!

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