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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.


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.

Yamabuki Temari 2

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2017 by starhandarts

36cm. Isn’t it amazing how much difference color makes. I published my first Temari using this design last week. This one looks entirely different, that difference being colorway. It changed everything. The triangle that shows up inside every cube is a delight, the visual depth perceived and a simple dark outline as the last detail makes the cubes float off the surface. Thanks to the Temari Challenge /groups io folks for being there to answer questions and lend support, spark ideas and share the marvel of this medium. This colorway makes me think that periwinkle blue/violet is my new favorite color. Using Pantone Greenery again but just a touch.

Pantone Green Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2017 by starhandarts

The newest Temari, 36.5 cm. It is the current Temari with the Temari Challenge on Groups io. A  line by line laying of thread beginning at the outside working all lines on both pentagons and hexagons in concert, hoping, praying that all the forms on the surface will arrive together at the (planned?) finish point. I think it worked, barely. This style of design development is very challenging for me. All the doubting voices seem to rise up as I progress. It’s very hard to tell what’s happening until at least halfway into the design. The cubes at the intersections work mostly but I had some space between as I approached the final rounds of each section. Choosing a color to bridge this “gap” interrupted the full integration of the cubes in my opinion, although ‘reading’ the cube is possible.

I chose this ball to also be my example of working with the ‘Pantone Green’ that is this years color of the year. I chose to pair it with several pinks and a dark green outline. In the close-up view it works but when viewed from much of a distance the pinks and paler greens become almost golden, at least to my eye.

Learning this amazing art form by the doing and shared expertise of those with more experience is a wonderful teaching format. I’m grateful to those who willingly share and guide graciously and generously.

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.

Earth Ribbons Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2016 by starhandarts

She’s big, dark like the season’s hibernating energy, fat and juicy. 8.6” diameter, 68.5 cm. circumference. The biggest wrapped mari so far. Her bell box at the center is a great aspect.  Size does make things challenging. Keeping the perfection of roundness was very hard. Even continuous checking while making the sphere, slapping  and pounding, whacking even, I found that once I started making the marking grid she was off round in some areas. Argh to say the least! So, a multi centered grid seemed out, darn it.

I had this cool ribbon purchased months ago just because it looked really cool and had been trying to use it somehow. Voila! A simple division of 20 spokes  as you can see. 9yds. of ribbon, many hrs. spent making the mari itself. Holding it and wrapping takes some serious patience and pauses, returning to it again and again over perhaps a week’s time. Needless to say probably, but it was eating an amazing amount thread.

Every Temari made so far has been a learning adventure. Knowing how this one would evolve was a mystery. I marked the spokes with trash thread, laid the first 10 arms that overlap each pole, only then realizing placing 10 more was ‘right’. Then cutting and fitting sections of the ribbon design into the equator to mark the belly brought me to the enough and finished moment.

From  facing the ready all black sphere and a pile of waiting ribbon came the gradual evolution into possibility. I will probably work with ribbon again  knowing now  more about what style, width and design to choose.   All My Temari Earth Ribbons (1) All My Temari Earth Ribbons (4)

Green Ribbon Temari A Hybrid Species

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Beaded Temari, Beadwork, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2259IMG_2260C 10 Temari structure, Icosidodecahedron. 11” diameter. 89.5 cm. circum.  Wool felt skin, ribbon trim, beaded medallions. Beaded Temari Ball. I wanted to get bigger again. To me size does matter. The presence that travels with the big spheres really blows big wind up my skirt.

I listened to a documentary while working this ball,  about Seymour Bernstein. A  gifted teacher and music composer. His relationships with students of all disciplines was brilliant, his guidance spot on. One of his quotes, “I never dream’t that with my own two hands I could touch the sky”. These words touch me deeply as I feel the same about the creative manifestations that pass through my hands and enter this realm, our 3D world. Repeatedly I feel this same gratitude and reverance with every piece of hand work that appears before me.