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!

Two Christmas Temari balls

Christmas star temari with diamonds

These two temari were made for Christmas and New Year decorational purposes. I used green thread for background, and stitched the designs in festive red, white, and yellow colors.

First temari is a classical kiku (chrysantemum) design:

Christmas star temariДва шарика тэмари, которые я хочу показать вам сегодня, были вышиты специально к Новому Году: отсюда и зеленый фон, и красно-бело-желтые цвета самих узоров. Оба сделаны на основе пенопластовых шаров, и могут быть использованы как ёлочные игрушки.

Первый шарик – это классический узор “хризантема” (kiku):

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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

Больше фотографий в галерее: Continue reading “Weird yellow temari”

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”

A Star Is Born temari

A Star Is Born temariThis temari is stitched only in swirls (with a bit of black wrapping around the center line). In the making this ball proved to be not quite as simple as I imagined it to be. The name, A Star Is Born, comes from the colors that start from black center (cosmos) and move on to orange dots (new stars) on poles.

Division: S12 (could be made on any simple division or actually without any division at all)

More pictures: A Star Is Born temariУзор на этом тэмари (не считая черной обмотки центральной линии) полностью вышит при помощи узора “спирали” . Название “Рождение звезды” родилось из цветового перехода от черного (космос) к ярко-оранжевым точам (звезды) на полюсах.

Разметка: S12 (может быть сделан практически на любой простой разметке)

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Blue Mitsubishi temari

Intersection of the squares, made with masu stitches, form the Mitsubishi pattern (“three diamonds”). This pattern is said to be very masculine, which is indeed proved by my husband, who likes this ball more than my beloved intricate chrysanthemum designs (though the latter took much longer to stitch and were quite a pain).

Blue mitsubishi temari

Пересечение синих квадратов на этом шарике складывается в очень традиционный узор, которых называется по-автомобильному “мицубиси”, что означает “три звезды”. Этот узор считается мужским (в отличие от хризантем, которые, наоборот – классический женский рисунок).

Blue mitsubishi temari

Разметка: S4 с центральной линией-оби.

Blue mitsubishi temari

Blue mitsubishi temari

А в качестве небольшого бонуса, фото моей коробки счастья, где я храню все уже сделанные шарики.

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Common division types in temari marking

S8 marked temariBefore you start stitching a pattern on your mari you have to mark it into a division.

The process of marking is one of the most dull and yet important steps in making a good temari. The geometrical beauty of the finished ball depends directly on the preciseness of your marking (in web-design I would add !important modifier to every word, but in text I’ll stick to bold letters).

Marking is made with marking threads (jiwari), that are traditionally metallic, but can also be the same as design treads. You can even make the division invisible (but non inexistent!) by using the thread similar in color to the ball base.

There are two basic types of divisions: simple and combination (complex). Тэмари с разметкой S8Прежде, чем вы начнете вышивать красоту, тэмари необходимо разметить, то есть нанести нитками специальные разметочные линии. Для направляющих ниток дзивари (jiwari) традиционно используют металлизированное мулине, но в зависимости от узора можно взять и основную рабочую нитку, и даже сделать “невидимую” разметку в цвет шарика-основы.

Хотя я сама терпеть не могу этот трудоемкий процесс, но трачу на него иногда даже больше времени, чем на саму вышивку, потому что от качества и точности разметки напрямую зависит красота будущего узора.

Есть два основных типа разметки тэмари: простая разметка (simple) и комбинация (combination). Continue reading “Common division types in temari marking”