Temari: Japanese embroidered balls
When I'll get more experienced I'll try the mystery pattern, this is a challenge where you only get written instruction, no picture, see if you can get it right... Sounds fun!
Steps to create a Temari:
- Randomly wrap a polystyrene ball (3'') with thick thread, cover the entire ball
- Do it again with a sewing thread. This thread will show so choose the color carefully.
The thread must completely hide the previous one
You will need a lot of thread and a cheap one is OK.
- Pins are regularly placed on the ball, depending on which pattern you want to do.
This is the tricky part and it is well described in Anna Diamond's book so I'm just giving you the short version:
She uses a thin strip of paper that goes around the ball at its widest. She places a pin at the North pole (anywhere), then fold the piece of paper in half: this gives the location of the second pole. Folding it again gives the location of the equator line. Folding it again gives the 8 points on the equator where the 8 spokes will be.
- A marking thread (usually metallic) is placed on the ball, linking the pins, and creating triangular, square, pentagonal, etc. shapes that will be embroidered.
- The ball is embroidered using patterns that you can find on the books, in the internet, or that you can create. The embroidery thread is usually cotton perle DMC #5, and the stitch is a herringbone (see images below)