Temari with elongated kiku flowers tutorial

Work in progress: kiku on S12

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.

Balls for temari embroidery

Place all the marking threads. Your mari now looks like that: Temari with S8 marking and obi (center line)
My metallic marking thread tends hide on the bright orange ball, so I made a few illustrations as well. The marking lines on these pictures are drawn parallel only for convinience!
Take four pins and place them on the nonadjacent points of intersection on the obi: points A, B, C, and D on illustrations. Be sure to use the pins that are colored differently from North and South poles. These pins wiil be the centers of future kiku flowers on the temari.
Temari tutorial: S8 with selected intersections on obi
Pins to mark the centers of kiku
Keeping all the pins in place, position the ball so that pin A is the north pole, making pin C the south pole. From that point of view, you will see a S4 division. Complete it to S12:
Temari tutorial: S12 stitched around a pin on obi
Temari with additional S12 marking on obi
Rotate the ball again to make pin B the north pole and stitch an S12 around it as well.
Return the original north and south poles in their rightful places. You should have four similar sectors on your mari with 12 marking threads coming out of points A, B, C, and D. Breathe out, we’ve done the hard part – let’s get to stitching the kiku flowers 🙂
Temari tutorial: obi with additional S12 marking
Start at pin A and place pins on all intersection of it’s S12 threads with neighbouring marking threads of the original S8 (the ones coming from north toВ south pole).
Pins around one sector
Measure the distance from pin A to the nearest pin (it will be along the obi) and divide it in half. On my ball, the distance is 3 cm (1.2”), and half of it is 1.5 cm (0.6”). Now move all the pins (including north and south poles) closer to pin A by that measurement.
Temari tutorial: kiku petal pins
Pins marking the ending points for kiku stitches
(The photo is only here to show a bit of my cat’s belly 🙂 )
Pins marking the ending points for kiku stitches
Note, that on the illustration above I placed the yellow points (=pins) by eye, just to give you the explanation how it all should look.
The pins that you just placed will be the ending points for kiku petals. Stitch kiku stitches around pin A.
Elongated kiku : first row
First row:
Elongated kiku: second row
When you finish the kiku on one side, move on to pins B, C, and D, and repeat. (I will post the photos for that step a soon as I finish my own mari 🙂 )
Work in progress: kiku on S12
To give your temari a finished look, take a long piece of thread and wrap it from north pole to south along marking threads 2 and 6, then repeat again across the wrapped threads along marking lines 4 and 8. Place tack stitches (called tabane kagari) at the poles to keep wrapping in place and reward yourself for a job well done.

Enjoy your stitching!

Weird yellow temari

This small ball is embroidered with four interweaving squares made in yellow, red and green thread.
Division: S8

Yellow, red and green temari

More images in the gallery:Этот маленький шарик вышит четырьмяпереплетающимися квадратами желтого, красного и зеленого цвета на белом фоне. Сочетание цветов дает ощущение радости и весны.
Разметка: S8

Желто-красный тэмари

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Halloween spider temari

Halloween temari balls

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).

More images in the gallery: Halloween spider temariНа этой неделе я сделала еще один тэмари с тематикой “хеллоуин” в пару к тому хеллоуиновскому шарику, что был вышит в прошлом году. Как же было приятно вышивать по наитию, не заморачиваясь со сложнейшими разметками, которые должны быть максимально точными! 🙂

Нет, если приглядеться, то вы увидите тут разметку S8, но она сделана на глаз, и нужна только для упрощения работы. В целом узор вышит свободно, без предварительных схем.

Паук на шарике вышит узором “веретено”, листья – узором “хризантема”. Глазки паука (их четыре, хотя по-хорошему должно бы быть шесть) – это французские узелки.

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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: Идею этого шарика я почерпнула у замечательной Ларисы, которая вела летний мастер-класс по тэмари в Японском фонде. На самом деле, шарик вышит классическим узором “кику” (хризантема), только лепестки различаются по длине.

Green modified kiku temari

Это первый шарик, который я вышила не “Ирисом” а тонкими гладкими нитками. Мне кажется, результат того стоил 🙂 Еще фотографии: Continue reading “Green-orange kiku temari”