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Bringing a
time-honored art form into the modern needle-working world, this
visually rich how-to guide reveals the techniques of Japanese temari
balls. Anyone with an interest in fabric arts, particularly Japanese
arts and design, can master stitching techniques and layer threads to
create pattern, color, and texture. There are more than 40
easy-to-follow patterns to help fine-tune this skill set that will
appeal to not only temari enthusiasts, but to quilters and embroiderers
as well. Step-by-step directions and detailed drawings explain each
technique, while mini patterns aid in practicing the new skills and help
to lay the groundwork for individual and unique designs. This volume is
great for beginners and for those stitchers looking for new challenges
and intermediate temari designs. The book is more than a collection of
patterns: once the basic techniques have been mastered, instruction is
provided on how to combine patterns on the same ball to create a unique
temari. A guide for left-handed stitchers is also provided.


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Apr 06, 2016

3.5 stars

Temari is yet another craft in the craze of appropriated Japanese arts and crafts that has taken America by storm. It's not the most useful technique as it's very specific and is really just something to look pretty. But that has it's usefulness, too, and is no worse than the plethora of food and everyday object items made from felt that are apparently so popular they have their own books. (See my review for Big Little Felt Universe: Sew It, Stuff It, Squeeze It, Fun!.) The book says 3.5 stars

Temari is yet another craft in the craze of appropriated Japanese arts and crafts that has taken America by storm. It's not the most useful technique as it's very specific and is really just something to look pretty. But that has it's usefulness, too, and is no worse than the plethora of food and everyday object items made from felt that are apparently so popular they have their own books. (See my review for Big Little Felt Universe: Sew It, Stuff It, Squeeze It, Fun!.) The book says the roots of Temari were from the latter half of the first millennium C.E. from a men's kickball game and another game where women rolled balls between each other. (Oooo exciting! Well that era wasn't particularly pro-women's sports. I mean, how do you kick a ball when your feet have been bound so you can't walk?*)

I like this book in that it shows a traditional way of making these balls unlike another book I read that had the base being a Styrofoam ball. The instructions are quite good and make the art actually seem achievable despite the complex and perfect look of the samples. I don't think mine would be as perfectly round, though, without using a pre-molded ball, but that would come with it's own host of problems as it's a lot harder to embroider something solid.

There's a wide variety of designs and patterns although there is insufficient information to make the projects, in my opinion. In the back is a section on design and display as well as some motifs to get you started.

*My family has a sick sense of humor. My feet are tiny, disproportionate to my height even though I am short, and my parents and relatives joked on multiple occasions that my feet were so small they wouldn't even have had to bind them if I lived in ancient Japan. Had to?

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Feb 18, 2014

This book presents good guidelines for creating Temari. There are lots of ideas that build on one another. Well done.

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