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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.

Temari Variation on GT 40

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

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.

In the Joy Field with 42

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2248This design way is a new and inspiring field to play in. The 5 star is still central in this 2nd variation but the 6’s have changed quite a bit. Finding a pattern amongst all the structural lines has at times been confusing for me. All I can say with this one is that ‘I saw something’. A hint as to where to begin. I’m fairly new to this divine medium so being able to KNOW and or visualize ahead of the finished piece is not in my tool bag yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in wonder at the results of accidental beauty and recognize that many hours and years of practical experience in color and needlework,  other mediums and just simply the time in to learn are real ingredients of now. Oh yeah, 36.7cm. circum.

42 Centers Tutorial Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2240Learning new skills and techniques has given me a needed boost in confidence in the Art of Temari. More complex, better ability to construct the marking, easier method of locating the 12 centers of the C10 starting mark. Adding all the extra guidelines and adjusting the many new centers so that they are all uniform and balanced around the sphere. These are huge improvements and they open up the medium to all that follows making the creating of new work in all design ways easier and clearer. Each of these attributes will show up in all new projects. The online tutorial, offered by Barbara Suess is a wonderful learning tool.  Her guidance has been of great benefit several different times now, each addition of new skills and know how improves my work and provides deeper understanding into this art form. This ball is 43.5cm circum.

Working with a colorway of lower contrast is of interest as well. I love the bold and bright high contrast vibrating colors but using a softer color progression pleases the eye and sense of rightness for me. I thought I had finished the ball last night, something was not quite right, but what. I went into the center of each 5 star center and added a small dark star and the result was just the needed detail. Learning these things along the way for all artists is common. It is for me in other mediums too. The willingness to look at the ‘thought to be finished’ piece and realizing ‘not quite yet’, perhaps not knowing what that last final touch will be can be the most important move. I guess that’s true about most everything when I think about it.

Late Summer Palette of Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2015 by starhandarts

IMG_2166Summer colors, late August through September, are bright but also a bit faded. Almost as if their pigment bank is nearing empty. Size range here is about 4” to 6” diameter. Simple divisions on into more complex. Weaving, layering by the thread pass, some new stitches learned in an online stitch-along through Temari Kai’s partner Talk Temari. The movement of line and pattern when a group of spheres huddle together is a great visual tickle.


Temari Treats for July

Posted in Artwork, Balls, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2015 by starhandarts

IMG_2117The 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.

Temari’s Rainbow Parasols

Posted in Artwork with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by starhandarts

IMG_2029The parasols pattern in this Temari are shown in a Diana Vandervoort book. 4.68” diameter. I’ve looked at and passed by this design many times the past few years.  All of a sudden it took center stage after a new bright red ‘mari’ was sitting on my work table, ready for something. Each one of 12 centers has a different combination. That element alone was exciting, seeing how the same 7 colors changed as each one progressed. The black dots at the centers and at each spoke really made the pattern. The dominant yellow rings also described each one well. The simple repetition of one stitch repeated from center to perimeter with the spoke arms developing along the way really is lovely.