Monday, 19 April 2010

Free temari patterns and cool books you can buy

OK so you've discovered temari making and your mind is agog with potential, but you can't lay your hands on any books today so where do you go for a starter project or two?  So here is a little list of places to visit for some free temari patterns.  Don't we all love that word?! Free!!

Japanese Temari by Barb Suess (you can also order a great book written by Barb).
Temari Kai you need to click through to the pattern pages.  There are a variety of submitted patterns from many members ranging from beginner to advanced.
Math Info by Debi Abolt. There are many pages of patterns and very useful investigations about all things temari related.  Debi also has an awesome blog where she has been sharing her Yubinuki pattern studies.
Kathleen Hewitt's web pages have several free patterns to try.
WikiHow on this page you will find how to construct the base ball with a inserted bell.  Instead of using batting, I use a layer of wool wrapped in the same manner as the thread layer shown in the tutorial.

There are also some really great Yahoo groups to join:
Temari Challenge
Talk Temari
Thimble Rings

So until you can get your own copy of at least one of the great temari books available you've got some links to patterns to get you going toward your new addiction.  Our store sells many of the Japanese language books.  Click the supply store link  in the left column to see what's available.

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