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.
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Springs 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.
I 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.
Last winter the Fire and Ice Series came into being. Now there is a new member to that group. She’s big and beautiful at 56 Cm. circumference. Now that size came with it’s own challenge. Wrapping a Mari at that scale is its own party. Starting round and keeping the roundness takes time and patience. Patting, knocking, bumping, rolling, they all came into play. Slow down and just be the spherical mentor is perhaps the main guide. Let it happen, open the mind and heart to the process and perfect roundness follows, mostly. The ultimate question became when is that moment of “got it”?. Step back, go for a walk, read a book, watch a movie, come back to the ball before me.
The creation of this one came in the midst of a long space away from the studio as centering place. The weeks of ‘will I ever find my own rhythm again’ are done I believe. I have kept studio time central above all else for years upon years. This current interruption to that focus has been fruitful in it’s own ways but the niggling doubts that creep in about how do I get that precious focus central again are certainly present. A friend recently responded with the statement of “Oh that’s really exciting, wonderful to embrace the challenges. How lucky you are. Dive into the middle of whatever presents, wallow and enjoy; evolution of self is again at hand.” It’s all perfect. How many times and places have we read those very words? Even the doubting spaces are food for expanding the mind-heart-awareness. In fact they are most likely essential for such growth of occur and proceed.
The summer is moving by in a blur of present moments. Not really present to the wide outer world but indeed centered there in the studio. Losing and then finding my rhythm again and again. New Temari friends who’ve found me and made connections online, always fun and pleasing to find those others willing to take a few moments and share themselves and the joy of the work. Sharing compliments and ”how to’s” of the elements placed together in pattern and design.
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
This study group with the folks at Talk Temari has been great. It is pushing me to look at a stitch I’ve been using in a whole different way. I like the variations and the results and will be using them in my new work. I think the idea of looking at the same thing, the familiar, using ‘new eyes’ has application to just about everything I do. So, when I’m looking straight at what I want to find and just can’t see it, this small wise teaching will hopefully jump front and center to remind me that it’s all there before me if I look with new eyes.