Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A few of my favourite (temari) things......

So given it has been whole year since I started making Temari, I thought I'd share a few of the things I have discovered that have made things that little bit more extra-enjoyable.

The first is that, as several people have mentioned, temari making is highly addictive. For some reason there is always that urge in the back (and sometimes the front) of my mind to do something temari related. It could be as simple as wrapping a mari (or ten), or deciding on which pattern to do next. Stitching might take your fancy, or you may just find yourself peering into the vast array of colours in your (somehow ever-growing) thread stash and letting your imagination come up with all sorts of colour combinations. Whatever it is, it seems to creep into my mind most days. If you told me a year ago that I would be orbsessed and totally absorbed with stitching patterns onto balls made of thread there is no way I would have believed you.

The next few things are tools that make temari making even more enjoyable for me. The first are a pair of snips that I got for Christmas. I love the rainbow colour on them (it always helps me if my tools are pretty as well as practical), and they are easier for me to use than traditional scissors.

This second image is of a little quilted bowl I picked up at a handmade stall. It's perfect for holding/protecting the current project in my workbasket and protects it from getting tossed around quite so much.

This is a pic of my work basket. I have had it for years, sitting on a shelf filled with shells, and have repurposed it to become temari related. It is just big enough to hold the quilted bowl, current temari and some threads/snips etc.

This one is a binder I found that reminded me of temari. This binder holds patterns and instructions/diagrams I have printed and keeps it all neat and tidy and ready for use.

And finally, this last image is of a couple of 'tools' I made to help groom the threads. I rolled some handles from 'Sculpey' (polymer clay is not yet one of my hobbies, hence the plain colour/design)

It's a Temari-versary!

I realised the other day that it must have been about a year since I discovered (and subsequently began making) temari. When I looked it up on the computer, sure enough it was the 19th of April last year that I began making my first ball.

As previously mentioned I am a bit of a serial hobbyist, and so I didn't count the anniversary of temari making from the start of the creation (because it may never have been finished)- but from the completion of the project, which was exactly one year ago today! When I mentioned this to my husband he was suprised that it had been that long already, and that I had stuck to a hobby for more that a few months!

So, in commemoration of this grand event, I decided to make a ball especially for the day, and I finished it off this morning. It is a 6 SD, Mitsubane Kikkou design worked on a 24cm ball. I have used this colour combo before on a white ball and really like the effect, so this time I did it on a black ball. I love the brightness of the colours - they are happy colours, which represents what I like about temari making - it brings more happiness into my world. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

And to make the day even more special - there was my latest order from Temari Addict waiting for me when I got home last night. I ordered some Cosmo threads and a new Japanese temari book - Azuma Temari!! Click here to pop over and see the fantastic things you can get from Rebecca's store!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Purple flowers

Well, if you have payed close attention to the temari I have made and posted about in the blog, and to the blog design itself, you will see one colour keeps appearing - purple. It would have to be my alltime favourite colour, and appears constantly in things I make or buy. This new ball doesn't even begin to sway from that path! I would say that I'll try to change colours for the next one, but I already have them picked out, so unless the ball becomes a UFO, then it too will contain some wonderful shades of guessed it.......purple. Maybe I should challenge myself to make several balls in a row without touching the purple draw of threads, to try and break the habit. Maybe I should stickytape that draw shut for a few weeks. Anyhows, here is the latest.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Promising starts

A little while ago I heard a story on the radio about a volunteer program called the Pyjama Foundation. The Pyjama Foundations tries to encourage a love of reading and learning by sending volunteer 'Pyjama Angels' to read to children in foster care. Take a look at their website here for more information on the Foundation. I really believe in what they advocate, and so I signed up to become a Pyjama Angel. About a month ago, I received a call from the coordinator to say that she had found a child that may be suitable for me to work with. The Foundation matches you up with a child who is in a similar area to you, with times that are convenient for both parties etc. I met Max (for privacy reasons I have used a false name), and his foster carer. Max is 9, and I have read to him 3 times so far. Sometimes we play an educational game as well as read a book. While it's very early days, it looks like things are going ok and getting a little better each week, and I'm hopeful that things will continue to be positive.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Getting back in to stitching.....

Taking inspiration from the last temari I made, I have finished off this new ball this morning. In the last design, the corners of each square were interlocked (?) and I had wondered what it would look like if I did each square one round at a time, so that the corners formed diamond shapes. I also wanted to use the black/white/colour concept again, but with more focus on the black and white and using the colour for accent rather than to dominate. I also decided that 'something' needed to happen in the centre of the squares.

I had originally thought of using sakasa uwagake kagari, and then thought about an 8 point kiku, but thought it may look a bit odd as what I already had on the ball seemed to scream 'lines' and 'angles'. So I hunted through my pictures of temari, and came across a picture with two interlocked squares. I used this for inspiration for the square design I used on each face.

It was a lovely ball to stitch, and worked out really nicely considering it came from a combination of stitches I have learned and was not any particular pattern. Now to decide what's next.......!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Drawing homework

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been taking some botanical drawing classes. While this does cut down on my 'temari time', it is also something Ireally enjoy doing, and hope to get better at. I am doing a beginner painting class in a couple of months, which should also be very interesting - as normally, no matter how small the paint job, no matter how careful I am, I end up with paint all over me! Anyhow, I thought I'd share some of my classwork. The first is a bell pepper, or mini capsicum. Then we worked on some gumnuts. And this is the waterlily drawing I have been working on. It's not finished yet, but I'm getting happier with it.

Hopefully in the painting class I will learn enough to paint the lily. It was a spectacular pink colour that will (fingers crossed) look amazing.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New temari

This is my latest temari. It's taken me a while to do it, because I marked it and chose the threads and then it sat in the basket for a couple of weeks until I sat down for a couple of hours and stitched it. It is quite an easy C8 design, and I can see how the techniques could be used in different ways in other patterns.

I wasn't so wrapped with my colour choice (Unintended teamri pun!!I really like the black and white, although next time I would do more rows of each. The purple Nordic Gold didnt 'pop' against the pink background either, but overall it's not too bad.