Books by Barb

Book Temari Techniques

Book Japanese Temari

Japanese Kimekomi BOOK

Temari Workbook

Temari, A Folk Art from Ancient Japan by Barbara B. Suess

New editions of my three books, Japanese Temari, Japanese Kimekomi and Temari Techniques are now available on Amazon! They have been out of print for several years - until now. Echo Point Books picked up these titles and they are available in three versions: Kindle, hardcover and paperback. They redesigned the covers and kept the inside of the books just the same, maintaining the quality. We are so happy to be working with Echo Point Books and hope you enjoy the new versions! If you have a copies of these books, please do us a favor of posting a review on Amazon. Thank you so much!


Temari ("hand ball" in Japanese) is a folk craft born in ancient Japan to delight and entertain children with a toy thread ball. Today, a colorful thread-wrapped and embroidered temari ball is given as a token of love and good luck to family and friends.

Temari has a long and symbolic history.

The art of temari comes from simple beginnings. As Buddhist missionaries traveled east from India through China and Korea to Japan, they spread religious beliefs and culture. The Japanese craft of stitching temari balls is said to have its origins from kemari (football) brought to Japan from China about 1400 years ago.

Over the years, region by region, more Japanese women became interested in this folk art, adding noisemakers to the inside and stitching designs to cover the outside. Ever changing, becoming more and more complex, each new temari ball was a delight to behold, an embroidered puzzle.Kokeshi doll with temari ball

Recycle your thread and yarn scraps...

Temari is a craft of recycling and you'll find the few supplies that you need to purchase are very inexpensive. You'll need a darner needle, a bit of soft yarn, some thread for wrapping the ball, and craft thread or pearl cotton embroidery thread for stitching the design.

As you stitch, let your spirit and creativity flow into your temari so you give it along with your artful creation. What a precious blessing to give to someone you love!

Barb Suess

Caution: Stitching temari can be highly addictive!