I’m here :)

Hey everybody, I hope you haven’t lost me. I’m here, though writing a bit less than usual. Here are some photos of what I have been up to in the last days.

Christmas ornament with a bullfinch on a branch of rowan

To be honest, this ornament is almost a month old. I made it for an ornament exchange on http://crossstitchforum.com/, but did not want to spoil the surprise until the recipient sees it. A couple of days ago it finally arrived to its destination, and I am free to post 🙂

Christmas ornament

Christmas ornament

New temari balls

Two brand new temari balls, the purple one was made for fun, and the Christmas green for a charity workshop scheduled for this Saturday (the proceeds will go to people who help stray cats).

Purple temari

Christmas temari

New temari balls!

In case you were wondering about my temari progress, here are pictures of the temari balls I made recently. All three were made on request asa presents, one is a traditional “peeking lotus” design, the other – rainbow-colored flowers on C10 division, and the third is almost free-embroidered and features a little angel face with red hair and tiny wings.

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Temari with elongated kiku flowers tutorial

A couple of days ago Judy asked for the directions of how to make a temari with slightly modified and elongated kiku flowers. Here is a tutorial!

Green modified kiku temari

Start with a temari base (I chose the orange ball today) and divide it into eight sectors (Simple 8, S8 division) with an obi center line. Here is a great tutorial on how to do it.

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A winning weekend :) JTA certification and PunkProjects

I had a great weekend with wonderful news coming my way both on Saturday and on Sunday, and I couldn’t waut till today to share these news with you 🙂

On Saturday there was a message from Ginny Thompson / temarikai.com informing me that I passed my first level of JTA Temari certification. Yay! Thanks to Ginny who not only made a informative website with tons of tutorials, but also was an amazing mentor!

Just in case you are curious, here are the temari I made for the exams:

Jyouge Douji temari Continue reading »