More (temari) Work in Progress

June 13, 2012

Here are three renzoku (continuous stitch) worked around and around twelve points (Simple 12 or S12 division lines), which some of us are currently stitching in the Yahoo! Group, Temari Challenge, under the guidance of Joan. I’ve used various very dark colours of DMC pearl cotton 5 with variegated colours in directly opposite colour complementaries (red/green, blue/orange and purple/yellow). DMC metallics now come in colours, so I’ve used respectively a green gold, a blue gold and a bright yellow gold for the division lines.

To get the full effect of three-row bands of variegated thread, I used 27cm circumf balls. Despite every fourth row being black, I am conscious of which end is which when I’m taking up the variegated thread in order to get a “continuous” look in the bands of variegated colour. There is a knack too in constantly visually checking that all the geometric shapes are “meeting up” correctly, as you go. Some grand effects here, but definitely not conducive to being stitched at night!


This is what I dub an “independent pentagon” pattern; that is, you stitch each of the ten pentagons independently without worrying about stitches overlapping or interlocking between pentagons.

I don’t normally work more than one ball at a time, but I liked these thread colours (DMC pearl cotton 5, dark green 319, light green 472 and red 498) and decided to work them on an off-white 33.5cm circumf ball. The pattern comes from (Temari Pattern 99JZ10) and like the renzoku above is by Joan. She herself was adapting her 3.5″ diameter ball from an original in the Japanese book Shinshu Temari (“Unbelievable Temari from Nagano”) which was 41cm circumf. I managed most of Joan’s prescribed rows of stitching, but space was lacking for the double rows required for the centre flower.

The overall look is inadvertently “Christmassy”, but I like it all the same. I am using Cosmo metallic thread which is soft and lies flat – a necessity here since each pentagon involves 20 division lines. I’ve learned to tack the last of the twenty by stitching back on the other threads in the centre, thus holding the other nineteen in place.

The diagrams produced by Joan are clear enough, but here’s how each of the three layers of stitching progress:


One Response to “More (temari) Work in Progress”

  1. Barb Suess Says:

    Hi Rod,
    These are gorgeous! I hope you will post the photos inside the TC group so Joan and everyone can be inspired by them.
    Nice work!

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