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A rainbow of colors on a C8 temari

Hello everyone! The holidays are over and life is getting back to normal. I haven’t done much stitching of temari since my last post, but this is one that I did stitch. The pattern is in a Japanese book, “Temari … Continue reading

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S12 Renzoku – Different Paths Different looks.

I am calling these star renzoku because they all require extra guidelines in the shape of a star. Even though they are all the same marking a small change in the stitch path can make a big difference in the … Continue reading

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Renzoku Play S12,2 layers,6 points

I have been getting a lot of questions and comments about this one, so I thought it would be good to do a blog about it. It does look striking, especially with one layer done in stripes and one solid. … Continue reading

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Fun with temari flowers and Uwagaki Chidori

One of the easiest and fun things you can do as a temari stitcher is to look for unique Uwagaki Chidori patterns, (also known as kiku herringbone stitch) or experiment with¬† kiku flowers. As you can see, with the temari … Continue reading

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Transiton from Book Pattern to an Original Creation.

I am often asked how I come up with so many personally created temari patterns. I guess the old adage, “Necessity it the mother of invention”, is most likely the first factor that applies. I found it so awkward trying … Continue reading

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Renzoku Flower

This is a Renzoku I stitched more then a year ago. I did not have a pattern, only two photos from an out of print Japanese book. It took me more then a week just to figure out the extra … Continue reading

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Flowers on a C10 temari

I have been asked to talk about my thought processes and decisions when stitching a temari that is a personal creation (not from a pattern). I thought that this¬† temari would be a good one to talk about because I … Continue reading

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My name is Joan and I stitch temari. Temari is the Japanese folk art of embroidery on a ball that goes back 600 years. I discovered it about eleven years ago and knew immediately it was the hobby I had … Continue reading

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