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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. 

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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.

Cosmo 3 Temari Puzzle Ball 1

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2018 by starhandarts

What a huge and complex Temari puzzle. The Temari Challenge mentor group I learn with had a photo with Japanese instructions. The size is what was clear at the start but no real idea on how to proceed, at least for me. Once again 2 layers stitched at the same time, one row of each at a time. Now as I begin a second one putting all the ‘learning’ from the first into play I can see what I missed in the order of the final stitching pathways. I missed some small triangles at the edges of larger triangles that form by weaving under and over previous rows. I hope my 2nd attempt will be the one that engages these additional triangles into the overall design. More to come……..fingers crossed.

Windmill Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2018 by starhandarts

The design for this Temari was a puzzle. Having seen one and had discussion through the conversation thread on Temari Challenge on how to do it, I contacted  my Russian Temari friend and asked her if she could help me figure out how to do the design. Language is always a big issue. She sent me 2 partial stage photos and I went at it from there. The first one was indeed a bit of struggle. The following 2 went quite easy as I used the ”faults” in the first to modify the process for the next 2.

What a fun reveal! Any colorway really works like a charm. I used some variegated thread colors in the last 2 and like the effect. Over-all designs such as these are difficult in that what’s showing at the finish isn’t revealed at the start. You are stitching on 2 layers at the same time.  I have the nagging apprehension that all the pointy bits should be aligned and approaching the pocket bits but aren’t. Thread tension and shape of the first rows was where I had the biggest change in technique. The second 2 Temari were much easier in that those changes made the rest of the stitching smoother and the final grooming considerably easier.

I guess the final thing is that I recognize in this design that I’m learning more and have more working knowledge of just how to visualize what needs doing. Now that is a breath of fresh air!

Safflower C 10 Ultraviolet Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2018 by starhandarts

This was a wonderful adaptation of the last design. Jumping from a C 8 grid to a C 10 grid. The way that the continuous designs came together pleases me in every way. Bigger sphere at 51 cm, and smaller thread offer a lot of detail. Maybe it’s the bright flower spots that give me the happy feeling. Every time I sat down to work on this one I could feel that happy portal pop open. The whole medium gives me  an endless stream of pleasure but this particular sphere seems even more joyous. The continuous design of green began with a question. I made an error when I laid out the center support lines for this design and while trying to decide if pulling it out and redoing was the right thing to do I determined that I really liked the spaces inside each center. they became a secondary pattern that would appear in each star center.

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.