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Golden Ribbon Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by starhandarts

A golden globe, 68 cm. circumference, 8.25” dia. Ribbon has been applied to the 6 arms of a simple division marking. Interlocking diamonds fill each division area. Variegated perle cotton is used throughout. The tones of our fall changing leaves and pale turquoise skies have come together very sweetly. I look across the grassy wetlands in the late afternoon sunlight and everything is surrounded by this golden color. The changing leaves and sky become the background of it.

Most of the Temari I work on I ‘know’ what I want to do. This one I had a ribbon I wanted to use. At 3/4” i needed a ball that complimented this width so it had to be a big girl. I plotted the diamonds that work from the equator to the poles. When these were complete I just knew it needed something the spaces created in each wedge. I tried pinning a form and then cutting small paper triangles. Dithering around for a couple of days, and then pausing for a day with the ball out of sight. The small triangles graduate in size filling the wedge nicely.


Temari Entanglement 2

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2017 by starhandarts

The fall colors really pop out on my new Temari. C 10, 52 cm. circumference, 6.5” diam. Big and bright, pulsing with the dance of fall leaves. This woven bands design was deceptive in it’s complexity. Until I actually began wrapping the bands and inter-locking them at every center, 32 of them, I expected it to feel similar to the C 8 previously published. The pattern and instructions provided through Barb Suess and Temarikai, thank you very much, showed just one viewing side. Although one does the same technique over the whole ball, that singular view didn’t register the extensive work needed to complete the ball. The first step with just the woven bands complete and the 2nd step of inter-weaving stars at all design centers have been a challenge for me. Always a grand feature to be learning something new and being swept away by the final display. Passion for this medium once again engaged fully.


Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , on September 28, 2017 by starhandarts

These interlocked Temari patterns always fascinate me. I’ve been adding members to this group from early on. Sizes vary from 30 cm diam. up to 50 cm. Color and pattern dance their own tune.

Temari Spectrum, A Gathering

Posted in Artwork, Balls, learning, Learning, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2016 by starhandarts

Tacoma Temari GatheringWe came together recently in Tacoma, Wa. The time together was fruitful and best of all fun. Kathy, Jane, Marilyn, Dolores, Carol, Barb and myself. We are each students and teachers of this amazing medium, Temari. The idea that we each began with a small and simple Temari, taught ourselves from books,  online connections and in person classes along the way, was actually the common denominator. This was to my great surprize of course as I was thinking that the isolation of my island life limited my ability to learn. So all you fellow needle people out there, we’ve all found a few common sources for the ongoing instruction each of needs to keep learning and the  inspiration to “just keep at it”. It’s a spectrum! If we keep on learning and connecting under the Temari umbrella, mentors and mentoring move in both directions. We each brought a basketful of skills and experience to this table from our own lives, more than just Temari. This amazing display of creative endeavor shows work from all skill levels, the new beginning basics all the way to divinely complex, awe inspiring, knock your socks off, “heavenly bodies”.

Seems like we learn and teach, at/in the same moment. Every change in color way makes every design a new and glorious orb of delight. I heard again and again the words, “oh look how she did that one”, “oh my, just doing that pattern with a slight change there made the whole design look completely different”.

Each one of us had questions about how to better our skills, to gather techniques that better enhance our abilities wherever we are on the Temari Spectrum. Guidance freely shared, encouragement flowing in all directions. The “oohing & aahing” a rhythm of it’s own.

Temari Variation on GT 40

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2456Working on this same pattern, Temari Kai # GT 40. New palette. 45cm. circum. 5.65” dia. I widened the 1st diamond pattern to fill the under space more fully, making the stripe that passes under the upper pattern points stronger. Seeing these together really shows me how changes in color way and proportion of the individual elements can alter the finished appearance. The stitching technique of working between the laid down rows of the first pattern is a slow and painstaking one, making sure I didn’t catch any extra thread from it but did catch enough of the thread wrap to hold each stitch where I wanted it to be.

The contrasts, high and low of each palette also pushes the pattern shapes into different relationships and dominant/passive roles.  Three of these is the charm I think. Next?  On to whatever the next Temari will show itself to be.

Icosidodecahedron Geometric Sphere

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by starhandarts

Icosadodecahedron Earth Tones Ribbonwork (3)The latest sphere in the Geometrics  group is 9” diameter,73.7cm. circum. The skin is made from heavy Ultrasuede, using 12 pentagons and 20 equilateral triangles. The ribbon follows the structural lines that define this sphere configuration. The metal medallions came from a belt acquired many years ago. When I think on how many times I’ve tried to give that belt away, thinking lighten up/purge stuff/give away, I’m delighted to have found a manner in which it serves well. And of course that it was still waiting in the wings for it’s moment to shine. It does too, as the faceted jewels on the surface give a lovely sparkle  as light passes by.  Hand stitched throughout.

Learning to See the Temari Before Me

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by starhandarts

The newest Temari uses the same pattern as the last, GT40 from Talk Temari. Its colorway has transformed the design completely. Light and dark define things much more finely. Making the eye see very differently is just plain fun. The Earth Tones one is 45cm. cir. The Pastel’s one 44 cm. The deep connection between seeing something and then doing it has really blossomed with these two beauties. All My Temari, GT40 Pattern (3)All My Temari, GT40 Colorways (2)  Earth Tones feels like a radical change in appearance. All the same forms and relationships are present but colorway changes everything. I like them both but the earthy colorway is by far my favorite. Oddly enough they both feel different than the pattern pictures I followed. The maker’s mark perhaps?