TEMARI is a centuries old art from Japan. Tightly wrapped yarn and thread surround a core containing a bell box and paper or rice hulls. Once the sphere is constructed, it is "measured" with a strip of paper, marked with pins and embroidered with colorful geometric patterns. They frequently symbolize joy, and I have yet to meet someone who does not love to hold a temari!
I enjoy working with both traditional and non traditional design in my temari. Some, such as the Kiku, are very traditional; and some, like "polyphemus moth" are non symmetrical, non traditional and completely original.
I do use a bell in my temari, so they all chime or rattle when shaken. I create my temari with a core bell box, crumpled paper, wool yarn, both bulky and fine, and about 2,000 yds of sewing machine thread for the exterior "skin" of the ball. I embroider with cotton, metallic and silk threads.
Lessons are available on request.
Rose Kiku 2015