On the sideboard in my dining room, I have a bowl of temari balls I've made over the last couple years. When my mom was visiting in the spring, she commented that she'd like to have a bowl of temari too. Wish granted!
In the fall, she sent me a box of all her leftover bits of sock yarn. I used those to wrap the inner styrofoam core of the balls. Then I got two large spools of serger thread in colors I thought she'd like and wrapped the balls with thread. In the past I've always used regular spools of sewing thread, two per ball. I really like the serger thread because it comes on a cone that can stand up, and the yardage means I don't have to stop mid-ball to start a new spool. The only downside is that the color selection is more limited.
|yarn-wrapped cores and serger thread|
|poles and equator marked|
I made her six balls of different styles and colors. I'm a novice at temari, but I really enjoy doing it. Each ball takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. For all of these balls, I divided the sphere into 4, 8 or 16 sections. I haven't done a lot of experimenting with divisions of 5, 10, 6 or 12, but I'm hoping to in the future.
|ball, perle cotton, pins, needle, metallic thread and sharp scissors|
I love to give temari as a gift because as I make each ball, I'm constantly thinking of the person I'm making it for. My understanding is that these are given in Japan at the new year as a good wish token for the year to come.
So here are the six balls I made. I'm showing each one from two different angles - it's hard to see all of a temari at one time!
|simple 8 division - improvised design|
|simple 8 division - rose garden with obi|
|simple 4 division - wrapped|
|combination 8 division - wrapped|
|simple 16 division - kiku with obi|
|combination 8 division, wrapped with interlocking tri-wings|
Have you ever done temari? Do you like it, or did you find it tedious?