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Membership in the JTA and Techniques Certification by the Japan Temari Association

To my JTA students and temari stitchers who are interested in my courses and certification, I apologize for being out of touch for a while. I'll begin offering courses and help for certification again in early October.

Optional opportunity for students (updated for 2019 judging)

In late June of each year, JTA judges gather to evaluate students' work and award certification at one of four levels. We work with the head of the international group of JTA members (Chidori Temari Group) throughout the year to prepare temari and patterns to submit for judging.

Students who successfully complete both parts of Barb's Level 1 and/or Level 2 temari courses will have the opportunity to request to join the JTA and apply for certification at the level completed. If the student wants to tackle this challenge, Barb will help you prepare your documents for judging. Fees for joining the JTA, yearly dues, and judging for certification are extra (see bottom of this page for estimated costs).

Temari artists who have not taken Barb's courses but have the skills to pass certification are encouraged to contact her to discuss the process. There are a lot of self-taught temari artists and you are also eligible for certification!

Level 1 Basic (Honka) Certification

Good execution of stitching is the important thing about this level. You can apply for this level after one year of temari study, having successfully mastered techniques learned in Barb's Level 1 course. By this time, you will have completed 20 - 30 temari. You can apply for levels 1 and 2 at the same time (if you have completed both courses or have equivalent experience). When applying for Level 1, you submit one photo of superior quality for each:

Level 2 Advanced (Koutouka) Certification

For Level 2, excellent stitching quality is important as well as being able to communicate to someone else how you stitched the temari in your pattern. You should have completed 40 -50 temari before applying for L2. Using current JTA vocabulary is very important. All patterns are written in English using popular tranlations used by most temari stitchers. The JTA does not require you to write in Japanese. The temari designs do not have to be your original work so only your technical proficiency is judged, not design. You can learn the many skills for making these more advanced temari and learn how to write patterns using JTA vocabulary in Barb's Level 2 course. Learning to write patterns is also very important in keeping a notebook of your stitching, with directions, diagrams, and photographs. When applying for Level 2, you submit photos of superior quality and written directions (in English) with diagrams for:

New in 2016: The judges look at your photo and diagram. They see the English text and rely on your teacher's recommendation that it is worthy of passing. Your pattern text will not be translated into Japanese.

Level 3 Teacher (Shihan) Certification

This is one of the most challenging levels and may be applied for two years after receiving Level 2 certification. You are required to design eight original temari and write the patterns. Since upon successful completion, the JTA will certify you as a teacher, you should submit temari that demonstrate a wide range of divisions, markings, and stitching techniques, with intricate and more challenging designs. Three of the temari you make are mailed to the JTA for them to keep and use as examples and for sale to support the organization. Or you can request to have them mailed back to you. Barb is not teaching a course for this at the present time but is happy to work with you during your application period. You can request to work directly with the head of the JTA Chidori Temari group (for international students).

Level 4 Master (Kyoujyu) Certification

Six original temari and patterns should be submitted for the JTA to keep. All work needs to be of superior quality. You can apply for this level three years after receiving Level 3 certification. When you apply for this level, you work directly with the head of JTA Chidori Temari group (for international students).

Estimated Costs for Membership and Certification

Note: fees are subject to change as are Paypal rates and exchange rates. These totals are estimates. Barb does not charge an extra fee to students taking her online courses. Certification work will be completed during the courses.

These fees reflect the 2016 change in rules that patterns do not have to be translated from English to Japanese. So the fees are lower than previous years.

JTA Membership Fees (Paypal fees not included)
Dollar amount calculated on December 11, 2015 and varies with the exchange rate. Paypal fees will be added at the time of invoice.

**Membership dues will increase in 2019 as follows:

Beginning in 2019, the membership fees will be: Shibucho, 10,000 yen; Kyoujyu, 5,500 yen; Shihan, 4000 yen; and Koutouka, Honka and all other members, 3,500 yen (please note that the membership fee is based on the certificate level you hold at the time of renewal in March, not any exam you are preparing to take in June).

One time entrance (joining) fee 2,000 yen
Annual dues for Levels 1 - 2 3,500 yen
Annual dues for Level 3 4,000 yen
Annual dues for Level 4 10,000 yen

Examination for Certification Fees
Dollar amount calculated on December 11, 2015 and varies with the exchange rate.

  Exam Fees JTA Guidance Fees & Expenses Total Total
Level 1
4,000 yen 700 yen 4,700 yen $38.68
Level 2
6,000 yen 1,500 yen 7,500 yen $61.72

1&2 together

10,000 yen 2,000 yen 12,000 yen $99.20
Level 3
20,000 yen 2,200 yen 22,200 yen $181.04
Level 4
40,000 yen 5,300 yen 45,300 yen $372.78


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