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Temari Curved Stitching

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2018 by starhandarts

I’ve been teaching myself and exploring this technique for the past year. I have been seeing many examples of the technique in online shows. There are some basic elements that come from the field of mathematics. Parabola’s and astroids being the makeup of most. Some forms are individual, some mirror each other. We all recognize ”String Art” designs and this techniques follows that avenue as well. All the curves are the result of how the straight lines are combined.  It’s a simple stitch really but the combinations and arrangements of elements, how color is used and how many faces each ball receives has everything to do with the outcome. The members of this grouping are all from 41 to 50 cm. circumference. They are stitched with #8 perle cotton. The self imposed challenge for the grouping was to use a very limited palette and to recombine the basic elements in arrangements I hadn’t seen anywhere else. The starkness of this color group really challenged my love of the broad spectrum colors, however, limiting the palette was a great teaching tool for me. . Simple divisions, C 8, C 10, they each work wonderfully. They all require added support lines. What was most interesting is that a white mari using black thread appears very differently than the same design using a black mari and white thread.

Oh yes, size does matter! But then I’ve prefered making larger sphere’s from the beginning. Big girl balls have so much more presence.

Another wonderful aspect of this design study has been an online connection with a Temari friend from Australia. We have Temari in common, this technique in particular we have pursued together and the mutual benefit has been remarkable. It is a complete pleasure to share the why’s and whatfore’s, good grief moments, successes and redo event’s we’ve each had along the way. I feel as though without her support and input along this path I’d never have stuck with the learning curve.

Solstice Temari Light

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2017 by starhandarts

A sparkle and glow lights up the longest night. The final ball using the Pantone 2017 greenery is a combination of several layers. At 35.5 cm it has some presence. I like the green on green. It reflects the winters’ greenery all around me. A soft sheen of paleness wedded to the dark matte Earthy forests.

The variegated wrap of the party ball holds the metallic bands in tow. At 38cm it will sparkle most delightfully in the seasons’ twinkling lights. Solstice, dark and light; but of course. Hope your season is full of friends,  joy and reflection.

Intolerance Fatigue

Posted in Artwork, mindfulness, Social Commentary, wonder with tags , , on December 5, 2017 by starhandarts

This term, ‘Intolerance Fatigue’ came through my lips recently as a response to the ”how are you……..fine” question. I have Intolerance Fatigue. Feels like I’ve been bumping into that pediment quite a bit lately. Seems like if I stay home and make Temari or some such I’m usually in the center, when I go out in the people places seeing and hearing about the state of EVERYTHING, I get/feel itchy and sense the intolerance needle climbing. Little mother on the body of the beast. Is she the shield or he her knight? Does it matter in the least? A day without rain, yes!

Temari Hot’s Neutral Faces.

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2017 by starhandarts

I really find this ”negative” of the Temari Hot Colors Sphere an exciting view.  This was wrapped much more tightly than has been my normal habit. My fingers are sore from getting the needle in and out. At moments even a small pliers was handy! Geez, the ‘softer’ surface of most is a joy to penetrate. 

When this ball was an idea only, that image was very different in terms of how the forms showed up. I wondered through out why it wasn’t fitting into the imaginary Temari in mind. Questioning color palette choices. Would it work visually? Not till the finish did I change the picture to look at the negative image and I feel it does work, allowing all the patterns to show up. There isn’t enough value difference in the centers that have red stars/turquoise centers sitting on pink. The 3-way corners however, being Turquoise Y’s/red center points sitting on pink have more contrast. The line work that is so intrinsically present in Temari shows up stronger here than in color, in my opinion anyway.

The pop and heat of the real deal pleases me very much. I held this underneath several types of light this evening, each light had a different effect on the how the colors showed themselves. It was fascinating to see how the surface pattern changed intensity and saturation of color. Certain pattern elements were much stronger visually under certain bulbs. The odd thing is that so far my favorite one is underneath the 12yr. old funky under-cupboard fluorescent tube, that quiet creamy dull/yellowish glow those those fixtures make. Every pattern is distinct and the depth of the layers building up shows up nicely. The color progression from pale edges to red at the center is value wise good.

So, another year playing in the Temari Field, the sweetness overflows. At the center is Joy. The mind at play in the Temari Realm is an awesome experience.

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.

Friendlier to self.

Posted in learning, Lenard Cohen, mindfulness, poetry words, praise, remembrance, wonder with tags , , , , on October 15, 2016 by starhandarts

Judy and FriendsIf you’ve followed this stream at all you’ll be aware that the inner self flow has been a struggle for some months now. Recently I streamed a YouTube of K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. A sweet and deeply moving experience. After that, I found a Pema Chodron interview with her that also hooked in deeply. The following is a list of high lights that went deep. Isn’t it interesting that the stuff we need rolls along right at our feet? Yeah!

Practicing unconditional friendliness towards oneself.

What does your difficulty bring that  guides you?

We are fundamentally good.

Touch yourself with kindness.

The less there is of me the happier I am, Leonard Cohen story.

Be in and of service whatever you do.

When things fall apart, find the treasure being offered in that moment.

Well just wow, it’s all in those thoughts and ideas, at least I can find it there.

Walking on in a new light. Service to others and kindness to self. Keeps the balance. Treasure indeed.

Oh yes, it’s the full moon as well. Big, fat, pulling the tides and lighting the night.

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.

New Skills in Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, In progress, sphere, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2354The  C10 mark is the starting structure for this Temari that measures 44.5cm. circum. The pattern is from the Temari Kai files, advanced section, #GT40. When I looked at the design it tickled my mind so I thought, why not try it. It has 3 separate but inter stitched patterns. Diamonds, stars and triangles. The technique of inter stitching one layer onto/into the previous one is new to me so the challenge was on. I feel that I did well learning to work the stitches. The area that is not so straight forward is that I began on a mari that was a good bit bigger in circumference than the pattern suggested. It was one that was wrapped and ready to go, just sitting on my work table, so why not use it.  Proportion and band widths were of course skewed do to size.

I really do love to work on larger diameter thread balls, something about their presence at larger scale really blows wind up my skirt. It has been a pattern changer for me before in terms of the relationship of design elements over the surface. I do have to reveal that following directions/commands/orders/authority has been a lifelong challenge. So why did I think it would be any different with Temari? The completed design does become different from the pattern guide although all the same elements are in place.

What one learns along the way is a treasure chest of delight.IMG_235730 diamond centers at stage 2 of this pattern.IMG_2359All the diamonds have been added at their 30 points of intersection. The first stars of the second pattern are inter stitched at the diamond long points.IMG_2373The first layer of 30 diamonds is complete and the 12 stars of the second pattern have been inter stitched between each row of the long points of the diamonds.IMG_2375The 20 triangles are now finished connecting the short arms of the diamonds.

The finished Thread Ball @ 44.5 cm. circumference. This new method of stitching between previous rows was challenging. A first attempt at this pattern and method from the advanced group has some learning errors and steps to do better with next time, but I could better read the photos and description that guided me better than ever before. A great feeling to recognize that new skills are gradually filling by basket. I of course love the finished design but it is not visually the same as the inspiration pattern.

Brilliant Fall Display

Posted in Artwork, Bead Paintings, Beadwork, painting, Shows, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on October 4, 2015 by starhandarts

painting_orcas_maple-full1This beaded painted opened in a show Friday evening. The Edge of Orcas, a mixed group of people showing their work. The event has been a popular and interesting experience each October for several years now. It’s really fun and exciting  when many talented artists  gather together to show new work. Pieces that may not ”fit” their known or expected directions. There’s always a buzz in the room and this year was full of expectation and humor and delight.

The Orcas Big Leaf Maple was one of two pieces I brought to the show. It begins at a single bead point several inches above the stem; then the circular rows grow as colors and changes of color develop. It’s an interesting process to see only what’s already ‘done’ as the guide, trusting in the eye and skills to keep the new territories of it in focus. Framed in a rich deep red brushed metal that really makes the whole pop against the turquoise, it pleases me in every way.  I hope the magic and mystery of Fall Season circles around you and lifts you up.

Buried in the The Outlander Volumes

Posted in Artwork, Balls, painting, praise, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2015 by starhandarts

Balls Painted Mouthing Off YES (2)I’m reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander/time travel series again. I find it wonderfully engaging, again.  The first 4 probably 4x now over the years, bk 5 3x, bk 6 twice, then on to the 7th and final one. The depth and description of the historical details is fabulous. Political, personal, daily life conditions, inter-personal relationships, romantic episodes, sexuality, violence of course, intrigue, all juicy and each time it draws me deep into the story.  For me, it seems to be the perfect escape tool these last couple of months.

Fine beadwork is back in front of me also. After finishing the big sphere, previously published I’m working another project that is really pleasing to me. Winding new thread balls also to begin with Temari. Have you been watching the moon and Jupiter/Venus this month? It feels very cool to me to sit at the shore here and watch them together, close, in the twilight sky. Of course catching a fly by of the Space Station is quite cool as well.

So, this sphere above is called “Mouthing Off”. Various mouths appear in all directions with YES sprinkled around. 14” diameter, sewn and Painted, stuffed with Bison Hair.  Fun and silly, perhaps some loud and cynical, uncertain expressions coming you.

Listening to Candy Dulfer jazz, great saxophone, mellow and sweet.

Gosh, now that I have a list of cool things lined up here that describe how my days are here, it’s time to planet gaze again.  jT