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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Halloween spider temari

Halloween spider temariThis week I made free-stitched Halloween temari ball. No complicated markings, that have to be measured up to fractions of an inch – only creative desire! 🙂 If you look closer, you will be able to find a division here (an S8 to be precise), but it serves only as a guideline to make stitching easier.

The spider is stitched in spindle stitch, the web in swirls, and the leaves on top are made in a classical kiku pattern. The spiders’ eyes are four red French knots (there should be six, said my observant husband).

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Temari earrings

Temari earringsI’ve tried several times to find a practical implementation for my temari passion. As for now, I’ve made temari for interior design, temari for Halloween and Christmas, and here is yet another thing you could do with small temari balls.

So here are my newly made silver earrings with two temari pendants.

I had some tribal patterns in mind, with purple and green being the basic colors, when making these particular balls. They may look big on photos, but actually they are only about an inch in diameter and weight 4,5 grams each.

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Green-orange kiku temari

I picked the idea for this mari from my summer workshop sensei. The design is a very simple modified kiku pattern with kiku “petals” varying in length.

Green modified kiku temari

This is the first temari I embroidered in thin satin thread, which was quite a challenge in itself. Anyway the result was worth it! More images: Continue reading »

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