October 7, 2016
I took a 17cm-circumference styrofoam ball and prepared a mari 24cm-circumference with Simple 8 (S8) divisions on a dark green background.
I stitched the “basket” first in one hemisphere of the ball. It will be made up of nine rows of stitches in three shades of green. I will add the “flower” in the other hemisphere of the ball later on.
Photo 1. This shows the equator. Adding pins 1/3 up from the equator on all eight division lines, I added extra division lines between all the pins. If you like, you can alter the distance of the pins from the equator as follows: 1cm = four rows of stitching.
Photo 2. This is a shot of the “basket” hemisphere head-on. The orange pin is my starting point for my stitching; I move to the red pin, keeping at all times to the left of the division line. I continue the stitch around the ball till I end up at the orange pin where I started. Half the round is one side of the division line; the other half of the round is on the other side of the division line.
Photo 3. This shows the ‘basket’ hemisphere after stitching four rows.
Photo 4. This shows the ‘basket’ hemisphere after stitching nine rows.
My next step is to do the same stitching on the remaining four divisions, interleaving each stitch at the equator, so the points at the top of the basket will be overlapping.
September 28, 2016
A temari student of mine is currently working on stitching Complex 10 divisions, stitching on a pale blue mari. As a teaching aid, I developed this sequence of three balls, with the same design: a small Simple 10, a larger Complex 10 and also a 32-pole version.
March 28, 2016
My three most recent temari balls, 35cm circumference/pearl cotton 5.
Two examples of S16 kiku, exploring purple on black.
December 13, 2015
I recently came across a design variation of the classic herringbone kiku, as stitched by a local sensei, Chihiro Kownacki. I decided to have a go.
Up until now, my herringbone kiku stitching has involved a zigzag from one division to the next; these two balls show what’s possible when stitching in the normal zigzag pattern, from pole to equator and back up to pole, but across two divisions.
The paler of the two was the first one stitched and the overly prominent opening at the pole was too wide. I decided to amp up the purple in a second ball and decrease the pole circle to good effect.
Pale: 28.5cm circumference, S16 in Anchor metallic thread on a black mari; pearl cotton 5 – 2 rows each of white, blue, purple then a final, single row yellow gold.
Dark: 30cm circumference, S16 in Anchor metallic thread on a black mari; pearl cotton 5 – 2 rows each of yellow gold, white, light purple, dark purple.
December 30, 2014
More preparation for my upcoming workshop.
I’ve prepared all the mari and cut all the stitching threads. I’ve affectionately dubbed these “Burwood 1, 2, 3 and 4”, based on the location where I’ll be teaching.
Building one basic skill after another, they alternate between ‘geometric’ and ‘flower’. They move (anti-clockwise from lower right) from kiku (#1) to interlocked bands (#2) to interweaving (#3) to combining both bands and kiku (#4). Each introduces a new division: S4, S8, C8 and S6 and two types of obi.
The white background mari will get students to “bury” their stitches without showing. If students want, they can half-complete these in class (one hemisphere) and finish them at home.
I’ll be touching on colour theory as well: complementary colours, primaries and tertiaries, graded colour (ungen), as well as combining colour with monochrome.
December 30, 2014
More prepping of mari balls for my upcoming class. I like to alternate between geometric and flower balls, so the ‘flower’ chrysanthemum kiku comes next in skill acquisition after the ‘geometric’ bands.
This is a chance to move from S4 division to S8 division, as well as moving from interlocking stitches to interweaving stitches. The obi will be green, symbolic of the flower sitting in vegetation.
December 17, 2014
I’m prepping mari balls for an upcoming one-day class: a Simple 4 division in multi-coloured bands. Essential for stitching obi since about 80-90% of all temari have an equator “waist sash”.
Apart from the skills of starting/finishing stitches and wrapping a band, there’s also the skill of interlocking, best achieved by reversing the needle as you pass under a previously stitched band.
Stick around for more images of my class preparation in the coming days and weeks!