Archive for January, 2016

Temari Pink 32

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2255 IMG_2257I began this thread ball after looking at one of Nana Akua’s works, many times. Over the last 6 months I pondered what the mark was, overall size and just how or if I was thinking I understood what needed to be done. Looking at a photograph on the net certainly inspires but……. Yes it does look lovely but it’s not the whole of what Nana’s ball shows. So what did I miss? I didn’t end up with enough territory between the pentagonal forms to do the design shown on her piece. Drat! I completed anyway using something that both fits and works.

Did I need a bigger mari? Smaller thread size? Different marking grid? I wish I new just what to do for next time. I really want to complete this Temari using all the elements she put together. It is 45.5cm. circumference, using #5 perle cotton. A C10 that becomes 32 centers with 10 mark lines on the pentagrams and 12 lines at each hexagon.

I tried the 5 sided rose pattern for the first time with this ball and feel good about the results, even though perfection is a ways down the line the overall design elements work well together.

Every Temari it seems teaches a new dimension about every step along the path to completion. Where to leave and where to take away certainly. Tension. Using the eye and mind to center and place points rather than always pinning everything came together more with this piece.

Surely happiness is being in the middle somewhere with each sphere made.

In the Joy Field with 42

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2248This design way is a new and inspiring field to play in. The 5 star is still central in this 2nd variation but the 6’s have changed quite a bit. Finding a pattern amongst all the structural lines has at times been confusing for me. All I can say with this one is that ‘I saw something’. A hint as to where to begin. I’m fairly new to this divine medium so being able to KNOW and or visualize ahead of the finished piece is not in my tool bag yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in wonder at the results of accidental beauty and recognize that many hours and years of practical experience in color and needlework, ¬†other mediums and just simply the time in to learn are real ingredients of now. Oh yeah, 36.7cm. circum.

42 Centers Tutorial Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2240Learning new skills and techniques has given me a needed boost in confidence in the Art of Temari. More complex, better ability to construct the marking, easier method of locating the 12 centers of the C10 starting mark. Adding all the extra guidelines and adjusting the many new centers so that they are all uniform and balanced around the sphere. These are huge improvements and they open up the medium to all that follows making the creating of new work in all design ways easier and clearer. Each of these attributes will show up in all new projects. The online tutorial, offered by Barbara Suess is a wonderful learning tool.  Her guidance has been of great benefit several different times now, each addition of new skills and know how improves my work and provides deeper understanding into this art form. This ball is 43.5cm circum.

Working with a colorway of lower contrast is of interest as well. I love the bold and bright high contrast vibrating colors but using a softer color progression pleases the eye and sense of rightness for me. I thought I had finished the ball last night, something was not quite right, but what. I went into the center of each 5 star center and added a small dark star and the result was just the needed detail. Learning these things along the way for all artists is common. It is for me in other mediums too. The willingness to look at the ‘thought to be finished’ piece and realizing ‘not quite yet’, perhaps not knowing what that last final touch will be can be the most important move. I guess that’s true about most everything when I think about it.