Calico cat temari

As many of you already noticed, I love cats. Apart from having two cat-themed websites, I also make cross-stitch charts of cats and draw pictures of them. So recently I also made a cat temari. The pattern on this mari is purely original 🙂

Calico cat temari

In Japan it is widely believed, that calico cats (maneki neko) bring good luck and fortune. I hope that this little kitty will bring some luck my way 🙂 More images in the gallery: Continue reading »

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Multi-layered temari with interwoven spindles

When making this temari I tried to duplicate a pattern from a temari magazine bought in Tokyo. The work was a bit hard, because I don’t read Japanese, so I had to invent the stitching order on the go. To be honest, I did nor achieve the beauty and integrity of the original mari 🙂 But this one is also great.

Multi-layered temari with interwoven spindles

The whole pattern is made Continue reading »

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Ume (plum) blossom temari

Ume blossom temari

This year me and my husband visited Japan during plum blooming season (March). Today’s temari is inspired by beautiful plum blossoms we’ve seen. It’s a free-form temari, though I used some classical types of stitches too.

Techniques used: uwagake chidori (flowers), spindle stitches (leaf, flower-bud), chain stitch (twigs). Marking: C8

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Interior temari

Purists may disagree with this post, so you consider yourself one, please skip it and go straight to the next one, because today I would like to discuss the use of temari for interior decorating. I know that professional temari balls are a piece of art, but simpler self-made ones can add some novelty and freshness to everyday parts of your home. >See for example the pictures below, where four temari decorate art-deco curtain holders.

Temari on curtain holders

The balls are about 1,5 inches in diameter and are stitched using interwoven spindles. View more photos in the gallery below:

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Basic temari patterns (masu, spindle, swirl)

A list of most commonly used temari patterns with names and how-to instructions in pictures.

0. Basic recommendations.

– Stitch on the ball itself, not on the marking thread
– Mark with keeper pins the points where you start stitching, but take the pins out after the first stitches are made. The pins can loosen the thread and damage the pattern.
– In most temari stitches you first go over the marking thread and then tuck under it and backwards.
– Remember to rotate the ball after every stitch (so that you always start a new stitch from the same angle/position).

! Marking thread on the pictures is drawn in yellow, while working thread is purple. Numbers indicate the sequence of stitches.

1. Square (Masu) Continue reading »

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