I have learned to do C8 using Barb Seuss' book. I am addicted to making the C8 division balls. The dogwood pattern is my inspiration for this ball. I also used kiku style stars on the poles. I like brighter colours so I chose a selection from my stash, it looks like a christmas decoration. Dogwood is the English translation for Hanamizuki which is a pale pink or white coloured flower.
Last week when our group met we all tried making our balls from rice hull. Having never used anything other than styrofoam it was hard to believe that we could make a cup of loose husks into anything resembling a round ball. We used freezer bags to hold the hull and loosely twisted the bag closed then wrapped the remaining bag around its contents. Next we began wrapping with wool using a thicker than normal wool wrap so that when we pin the core stays intact. Lastly the thread wrap went on and to our amazement the lumpy bags had somehow turned into perfectly rounded balls. We all now realise why some people are so passionate about making their own mari, and while we will probably still use foam cores from time to time - we are now rice hull devotees too! I headed back to T.W.O.C. on Saturday for 5 more kilos of hull and spent the better part of the afternoon dividing it up for our group.
Pictured in the photo are simple division balls (S#). The left one is the first ball I made. As I practice I am finding my stitching is becomming more beautiful. We are experimenting with combination divisions (C10). We are finding more beautiful patterns are available once you master C10 marking. More patience is nedded to accurately mark the ball, but when you get your first C10 marked correctly, it is almost difficult to stitch over - what a beautiful thing.
What to use for your temari core??? Almost anything can be used, Styrofoam, rice hulls, dryer lint, scraps of fabric, stockings or socks and plastic shopping bags are all options.
Rice Hulls are a more traditional core for temari making. They can be hard to find and cannot be imported to Australia. You should be able to find them at specialty home brew suppliers in your area. Due to their volume-per-kilo they are bulky and most sellers will not post them. If you live in Perth, we recommend T.W.O.C. Home Brew Supplies. They are located at 2/40 Port Pirie Street, Bibra Lake. Roy can pack the hulls into 500g bags. I recommend buying 1 kilo (atleast) at a time.
Wow, our first picture on the Temari Addict Australia Blog. These temari were made by Rebecca and were inspired by a lovely pattern in Barb Seuss' book Japanese Temari, A Colorful Spin on an Ancient Craft. I made the first one (the lowest one in the vase) and was so pleased with it I got a little carried away and have made 7 so far....
I loaned the book from my local library, but you should find it at any good bookstore. Actually, I was so sad to give the book back to the library, I went straight out to buy my own copy. I recommend you do the same, especially if you are starting out. It is a great resource, written very simply and includes great artwork.
I can also recommend that you have a visit to Barb's site: http://www.japanesetemari.com There is plenty to drool over and there a several free patterns to try. Barb also sells patterns not featured in her book and offers on line classes. I have signed up for a Echo Star Class starting in April 2009, I think she runs several per year ranging from beginner to more advanced temari.