Winter temperatures have dropped dramatically in this part of the world in the last week , and my work room is cold… so most nights I have been watching some TV in the warmth of our family room. So, what projects can I do while watching shows like Master Chef each night? I decided to devote TV time to temari. Temari are thread wrapped decoratively stitched balls - a Japanese folk craft originally made in ancient times to amuse children. I think most temari designers these days like to think of them as small works of stitiched art.
I was a raw beginner about six weeks ago when my mother got me started. I also bought a book which begins “How can anything that looks so intricate be so simple?” (from Japanese Temari, A Colorful Spin on an Ancient Craft by Barbara B. Suess). I must admit I was sceptical about the “simple” bit, but was surprised at the results from familiar embroidery stitches. While I haven’t attempted a complex division of the balls yet, and do not claim that I am at all proficient at making temari, I am fairly pleased that I have managed a few different techniques and patterns... and been productive while watching TV.
Uh -oh ... I should have read further into the book ... It cautions " Stitching temari can be highly addictive!" . I think it's too late.
PS If you read the previous post, the work on the Seasons Challenge is proceeding - more photos next week!