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!

Basic temari patterns: kiku (chrysanthemum)

Pink chrysanthemum temari
Temari with kiku pattern
Kiku, or the chrysanthemum, is one of the most common patterns for a temari ball along with spindles and squares. It can be designed in various sizes and colors, but the basics are the same.

Kiku is stitched with Uwagake Chidori (zig zag) stitch, which is quite easy to master. Though it is not recommended by most temari teachers, it is still easier to think of uwagake chidori as of a modified herringbone stitch. It is better to learn kiku pattern on even simple divisions like S8 or S10 with an obi (center line).

Pink chrysanthemum temari
Тэмари с узором “Хризантема”
Хризантема (“кику”) – один из наиболее традиционных узоров для вышивки на тэмари. Изучив то, как вышивается этот узор, вы сможете вышивать не только классические цветы (как на фотографии), но и более интересные узоры: бабочек, веера и даже абстрактные композиции.

Хризантема вышивается стежком увагакэ тидори (Uwagake Chidori, дословно: “зигзаг”), привыкнуть к которому не составит большого труда. Поначалу вам будет проще, если вы будете представлять этот стежок как чуть измененный стежок “козлик”: нить и тут и там кладется внахлест над уже сделанным стежком.

Я рекомендую вышивать первую хризантему на простых четных разметках типа S8 или S10. Continue reading “Basic temari patterns: kiku (chrysanthemum)”