Monday, September 10, 2012

One thing leads to another

Stitching temari, as in other crafts, one seems to get into series. Exploring variations in temari can be easy because an average ball can be finished quickly. In my recent exploration of the hemp leaf stitch, I did one ball where hemp leaves were under the mitsubishi or "three diamond stitch." (Yes, it looks like the emblem for the car.) Next thing I knew, I was doing variations on diamonds.
 Variations can produce more diamonds. The blue and green balls is the four diamonds pattern (yotsubishi). I'm sure I will soon be on to the five diamonds pattern (itsutsubishi).

The nitty-gritty: Instructions for the diamond patterns can be found in Barbara Suess's Temari Techniques.