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Temari Coral Challenge

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2019 by starhandarts

This is my 4th Temari using the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year. Mixing it up with colors that vibrate very nicely. The very fine metallic braid, from Kreinik, was fabulous. It carries a bit of all the colors  but it’s fineness doesn’t overpower with too much sparkle. At 52 cm. this 32 face Temari has big presence. Several ‘entangled’ patterns make up the finished design. It came about layer by layer rather than a plan from the start. I’ve worked like this before and find it suits me well. Just beginning with the first lines I see floating over the surface. when that first pattern is set down on the surface then I look further to see what could tie the 2nd pattern to the 1st. On an on depending on how the arrangement of design elements come together.

 

 

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.

Temari C 8 Pentagons a Cool Mark

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

The ‘Curved Stitching’ technique is a method I’ve been exploring. It uses all straight stitches to form these wonderful shapes and patterns. The pentagons are created within the normal C 8 marking. Each of the 8 6-way centers holds 3 pentagons. 

Cosmo 3 Temari #3

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2018 by starhandarts

Oh I am so happy. After 3 balls start to finish using this design, I got it. Hoopla, bells and whistles. Don’t get me wrong here, all 3 look good even in their individual details. This follows the colorway from the Cosmo book and I’m glad I waited for the 3rd ball to use it. I struggled with design the first 2 times, it just wasn’t quite the ‘rightness’ I was wanting. Well, perseverance furthers. What a great feeling. 37cm. circumference, using 5/2 mercerized cotton. It’s my first time using this thread for embroidery and I like it a lot.

Cosmo 3 Puzzle Temari 2

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2018 by starhandarts

They look different don’t they? Same design but the 2nd, the green dominant one has different proportions to the design elements. I missed an essential design detail in the first, purple dominant one. The little triangles at the big triangle centers.  Made them with the 2nd ball. Hooray! Both are the same circumference, believe it or not. Perception is everything. I started my initial rows closer to the pentagonal pole centers with the 2nd, leaving a bit less space for the green rows to build up, this also allowed the big triangles to get bigger. The difference between these two is a great reminder of how very much I still have to learn and take into consideration when figuring out how to begin a new design.

Color dominance and the differences between them, has me contemplating even a 3rd one. Perhaps in the colorway of  the original design in Cosmo 3.

Temari in Ultraviolet, Safflower

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2018 by starhandarts

She’s big and beautiful at 45 cm. This ball is the January Temari Challenge project called, Safflower. This mentoring group is a wonderful and ”instructive island”. I started this project with the purpose of learning more advanced techniques and using a smaller thread. Both these areas make me doubt myself in several ways. Those being the advancement of skills and techniques beyond where my comfort level is snugged in. The ultraviolet color way is a continuing direction this year. It’s a great challenge in and of itself as it’s not a go to color for me. All this and more is why I like this group and having a mentoring format to work with, a place of openess,  encouragement and generosity. True delight in the learning by doing atmosphere that is offered.

Learning to read and puzzle  out what is actually happening and how it does so when the design direction is written in Japanese. Understanding line,  proportion and construction as well how color translates is huge. Trying different thread size and behavior is a welcome addition to the skills bag. Guess what? The smaller guage thread used in this manner is wonderful. 

Temari Variation on GT 40

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

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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.

Temari Weaving

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2285Springs pink, ochre and aqua weaving efforts came together well here. At 32 centers, 6.75” diameter, 56.5cm. circumference, her presence shines through. C 10 mark in the wide banded pentagonal grid is dominant. The triangles weave under, over and between the band bodies. A first time for me in splitting the primary bands rather than using a laid space to do so. It was inspired by Temari SJ11 from the Temari Kai pattern base.  Those 5+3 figure combinations that the C 10 mark provides seem to be an infinite source of design possibilities. The use of an ombre Nordic Gold metallic marking thread really made a wonderful sparkle as the light dances over the surface. It game me more experience using double strand #5 as well. Oh yes always learning and practicing those basic skills, using them on new and more ambitious projects. Thank you to all the Temari guides and gods for their assistance in every stitch taken.

Tri-Wing Studies

Posted in Artwork, Balls, mindfulness, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2014 by starhandarts

All My Temari, 11-16-14 (3) All My Temari, 11-16-14 (8)Tri-Wing Temari forms are the current focus in my self teaching. How to plot and plan the color pallet and complexity of design is one aspect. In the learning  to do arena this medium is showing me a way that allows easy change to enter in. Nothing but flexibility when self teaching. No tried and true expert teacher tested methods to follow. Finding the way through by trial and error, while using the 40 years of experience in various other ”thread” pulling mediums, seems to be my way. Although the many 1000’s of hours now making Temari is the best teacher, I get to learn by doing and in some cases undoing what doesn’t serve my idea for a piece.

Having a present expert teacher guiding the process is something I fantasize about, thinking it would allow skipping past/over the school of hard knocks lessons. However, the self discipline that has carried me faithfully through so many things continues in it’s ever presence. Helping, guiding, telling me to listen to the inner voice, whether it’s saying great job or redo it, pull it out. Lines are too thin, too thick, to pale, too much contrast, etc. All those things are aesthetic choices that come through experience.

Stripes and stars have dominated my art work for decades and through diverse mediums so the fact that they again dominate my Temari work is no surprise. Geometric forms are the surface structure showing up as well. Temari has allowed this pathway to open up in ways I never expected when just beginning. So, whatever you’re doing, just get on with it. Play in the field of light, color and pattern.

Testy and Fun

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2014 by starhandarts

This new Temari is now complete. She is 51.5 cm. or 6.5” diameter. There are four patterns interwoven, working with 42 centers over all. 12 pentagon centers and 30 diamond centers. After winding the Mari and marking with a C 10, I just sat with the form wondering what to do with it. I like this stage, the asking and waiting, wondering what pattern the mind will see this time. I can most always find the pentagon magic but not so much the diamonds. Once the 2  pentagon forms were in place it would have been just as clear following the triangles into pattern. The thing I like about the diamonds is that they also suggest and hint at the cubic hexagon form also on the surface. I say testy and fun as title because from start to finish all the stages of the making process in a thread ball this big are challenging. Being self pushed to gain in confidence and skill are the guide ways, learning to see the patterns emerge without ‘outside of mind’ influence is another great progress. Every so often a particular Temari Ball will complete and it clearly shows me the course of the learning path this medium is taking me on. In the end it’s a feast of brain candy for my mind to play with, at, and in.All My Temari, Work in Progress (2)All My Temari, Work in Progress (6)