Temari – Rolling On Floor Laughing

July 18, 2011

I was so happy about the first magnolia buds appearing and about colleagues who’d achieved Japan Temari Association certification that, silly me, I attempted a 29cm circumference mari with small squares surrounded by bands. 

After this failure – rolling on floor laughing! – I needed to pick myself up quick smart, so went to the best collection of online temari patterns at www.temarimath.info. A multitude of temari, appropriate to my ability level, are presented with a minimum of fuss. I get confused by online instructions posted by others; for example, one pattern I came across had a single sentence in the instructions which was five lines long. A case of heavy editing required!


These are from Debi’s notebook of 2005 and I recognised this one as having been described elsewhere by an Australian colleague here on the east coast, best known these days for her wash paperi-covered  eggs.

I applied my current thoughts about colour work: orange with a blue complementary, yellow with a complementary violet and a fuschia red (always a difficult colour) with its complementary yellow-green. In the spirit of the current Strike-out challenge at Yahoo! Temari Challenge, I started playing with design elements, adding kiku and stripes around the diamonds to the yellow-violet, but they concealed the elegant basketwork-like bands, so ripped them out. The fuschia reminds me of watermelon in the (real) natural world.

The orange-blue was the first and I ended up squeezing in too many rounds, in addition to making too many tiny errors with the required interlocking. As with interlocking of a certain complexity, it helps here to have a “real” temari to copy from. The interlocking creates a wonderful sense of stitching hand-movements so the process is very relaxing after the first row is accurately in place all around.

One thing I’m teaching myself is to groom threads a lot more than I used to; I’ve never witnessed temari making by others, but I strongly suspect they are constantly nudging their stitched rows as they go. In these examples, constantly checking stitches at marking thread cross-overs is important!

All are 25cm circumference; singles from DMC metallics and the usual pearl cotton #5. Nine stitched rows per mandorla allow for an appropriate amount of negative space to shine through. In the orange-blue one, I pushed the envelope by stitching twelve rows.


www.temarimath.info  The photo gallery at Debi’s Notebooks allows for easy access to pattern instructions.


2 Responses to “Temari – Rolling On Floor Laughing”

  1. Love these! The orange wrapping thread is particularly striking.

    • rodbyatt Says:

      I’ve tried a few with this over-the-top orange and they definitely need bright/dark stitching colours to match. Anything light gets swallowed up by the orange – not a colour many people use.
      Couldn’t leave a comment on your blogspot (something illegal letters in the URL) in praise of the superb triwings “floating in space” you’ve done recently.
      These and Debi’s latest interlocked bands are inspirational!

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