December 13, 2015
Here are two recent temari, both C10s. They are practice balls – revising divisions and stitching methods.
Left: 34cm circumference, perle cotton 5 on a black mari. A C10 division with 42 multi-centres. The mari was divided using ecru perle cotton 20, providing too strong a contrast between the black and cream.
Right: 34.5cm circumference, perle cotton 5 on a dark red mari divided with ecru perle cotton 20. A C10 division ‘all-over’ design stitched with two single rows at a time.
Commentary. The first was inspired by the current stitch-along focussing on C10-42 centres on the weblog of Barbara B. Suess; see http://temaribarb.blogspot.com.au/…/step-1-marking-42-cente…). My general problem is wondering what exactly to stitch on multicentres; the approach involves choosing one of three methods: ‘making it up as I go along’ (sometimes works, sometimes not), trying to follow a pattern from a Japanese book (extremely difficult) or resorting to tried-and-tested methods (as in this one, stitching HGG in six colours, each colour patch centred on a hexagon – rather than the pentagon which is the normal design focus). I was keen to disguise the glaring cream mari lines and the maximum number of rows possible on this size ball was just four: two dark, one mid and one light colour. I learned that the design really calls for additional division lines (the pearl cotton 20 was too thick for this to happen).
The second was inspired by a colleague creating a White Plum design. My practice temari reinforced the need NOT to stitch an all-over with a less-than-perfect sphere. Measurements have to be millimetre-perfect. More careful thought before stitching about the colour scheme is also called for: colours more analogous (red-purple-blue) than complementary and a warm colour palette (or a cool one) works better than a mix of warm and cool colours. Using a metallic thread for division lines helps the overall final look appear less “flat”.