Temari ball – five-pointed star

September 26, 2011

16cm circumference, perle cotton 8

One powerful aspect of the business model underpinning the range of Ozaki temari ball books is the presence of beginner/intermediate balls alongside advanced balls in almost all of the individual books. Whichever book you buy, there will be something catering for everyone’s level of ability and experience.

Today’s relative straightforward ball comes from Kii temari (colour photo p.6 ball 5; description p.93) by Yukio Hisayama and Hiroko Takimoto. What is attractive is not only the drama of the yellow/purple complementary colour arrangement but also the gloss associated with the wide white band.  Wide bands seem to cry out for fine silk thread, something not quite achievable with ordinary perle cotton.

The yellow central pentagons at the poles extends out 1/4 the way down towards the equator. The white starts 1/2 down, as is normally for five-pointed stars of this type. In retrospect, I would have made the obi at least a centimetre wide. As can be seen from the colour photo in the Hisayama/Takimoto book, there’s a lot to be said for making a wide obi. Other colour complementaries can work equally well for the ‘flower’ centre/obi contrast, all with white ‘petals’: red/green, orange/blue, etc.

This style of five-pointed stars features prominently in the beginner books but tends to fade a bit when it comes to more advanced surface patterns. Here’s a list:

* My Temari. The five-pointed star is one of the staples in this beginner book. See colour spread pp.12-13 and instructions pp.14-15.

* Fun with Temari. Colour p.6 and description p.93; colour p.26 and instructions p.40.

* Cosmo 1. Colour p.27, instructions pp.48-49 and 54.

* Mary Wood, Temari. pp.36-37.

So far these have all been five-pointed stars on a Simple 10 division – one star at each pole. For two instances of them used inside pentagons on Complex 10 divisions, see:

* Owari Temari. Colour p.3; instructions pp.48-49. Big yellow sunflowers with centres of interwoven bands of brown.

* Cosmo 6. Colour p.13; instructions pp.54-55.

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