Da palle temari ai yubinuki: capitolo 1

December 19, 2010

Capitolo 1. Le palle temari <stile obi>

Cucire i yubinuki piccolissimi? Tanto per cominciare, ho cucito due palle temari <stile obi>. Piu’ tardi, le palle diverranno piu’ piccole, da cotone di perla #5 a #8 alle file piu’ sottili. Arrivero’ ai yubinuki, ditali giapponesi <d’arte>, cuciti da mano con la fila di seta, cironcferenza cerco di 5cm. I yubinuki sono ditali tradizionalmente portate sul dito medio, a meta – non alla punta del dito – per spingere l’ago attraverso qualche strato di tessuto.

Come la cintura dei kimono formali, le palle temari possedono spesso un obi. Quando questa cintura divienne larga, complessa e importante,  abbiamo le palle temari stile <obi>, un disegno <equatoriale> al centro della sfera. Sappiamo che la palla temari sia un tipo di bambola sferica – la palla divienne un vestito con una cintura; le palle temari divengono ogni tanto guerrieri <samurai> o imperatore/imperatrice (per le feste delle bambole in Giappone).


Queste due palle che ho cucito –  circonferenza, 27 cm; fila: cotone di perla #5.

Disegno: Yoko Takahara, Yubinuki to Hana-temari cho (Yubinuki e palle temari dei fiori/Yubinuki and Flower Temari). ISBN 9784837703082.  Pagine 28 e 29.

Every temari-maker eventually tackles the obi style. The “rough” edges of the obi can be confronting for some; some temari-makers go to great lengths to conceal these edges, for example with overstitching. This overstitching tends to draw attention to the obi edges and has the look of covering up something underneath. One can instead draw the eye away from these edges by an elaborate design at each of the two poles, or one can be more judicious about the colour of the background mari. Certainly going for less tonal contrast helps disguise the stitching. Ultimately though, there are two things to note: firstly, the edge stitching improves with practice and secondly, the stitching is absolutely fundamental to the tradition of ‘hand-stitched silk thimble rings’, the newest incarnation of the humble kimono embroiderer’s needle, here raised to the level of miniature embroidery ‘art’ yubinuki.

I did the yellow one without first consulting the temari literature – it was done with the obi stretching half the distance from equator to pole, with the result that it looks rather like a bizarre, plump grapefruit. The second one, left incomplete because of the unevenness in the obi width, has an obi of smaller width, just a third up from the equator to the pole. What’s critical in this size temari is the fact that it’s very difficult to tack the obi’s jiwari/division lines without affecting the stitching. Working in a “traditional” way (tensioning or pulling on each stitch) means the jiwari are bent out of shape very easily; instead with obi style temari, the stitching has to be very much lighter. No attention was paid in these temari to the number of stitches per section, there being eight sections or segments in each. What becomes critical in smaller temari or yubinuki is maintaining exactly the same number of stitches per section, which in turn is based on sections which are of identical width – as close as one can possibly make them.

2 Responses to “Da palle temari ai yubinuki: capitolo 1”

  1. Leland Gohr Says:

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