Monday, April 14, 2014

Temari: stars and stripes

  This season of temari stitching brought a new accomplishment: figuring out a design from a Japanese book, even though I don't read Japanese. With experience in reading the diagrams and stitching temari this should become easier. I hope so because there are many wonderful patterns in those books. The pattern is, I believe,  from Fun with Temari (Tanoshii Temari Asobi) by Toshiko Ozaki, ISBN 4-8377-01035. I'm not completely sure because when I came to Costa Rica this year I just brought of copy of page 50 and 51 from one of the several Japanese books I own. These little confusions crop up when one is living in two places.
   Another pattern featuring stars is from TemariKai.com. It's pattern ST07 by Shelley S. It's done on a 10 combination division and the pattern is built up by stitching a five pointed star around each of the pentagons. It's fun to do because the pattern gradually emerges as you work around the ball. I put pins with little numbers in each pentagon so I would do them in the same order. That makes it easier to not miss a star on one of the rounds.
Sometimes I can now figure out how to do a temari by just looking at a photo. That was the case with one I saw on Pinterest. One thing I don't like about Pinterest is it sometimes is impossible to know who is responsible for something lovely. In this case the link took me back to the Yahoo Temari Callenge group but I don't know which of the many members did the ball.  Barb Suess did a similar ball but her last round is different because the triangles and pentagons aren't outlined. Doing it this way dramatically changes the look of the ball.


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