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Japanese Temari
A Colorful Spin on an Ancient Craft

Japanese Temari BOOK

A temari book for beginners...

144 pages, paperback, ISBN: 1933308125

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... a temari book for beginners ...
How can anything that looks so intricate be so simple? With little more than a needle and a batch of colorful embroidery threads, Barbara Suess shows you how to make exquisitely beautiful Japanese temari, continuing a tradition that started hundreds of years ago in the Imperial court of Japan. With this book, learn how to create beautiful Japanese handballs in 25 stunning designs. Let these fabulous carry-along project busy your hands, soothe your mind, and fire your imagination! Book includes color drawings with useful how-to instructions. Additionally, each design introduces a new skill, helping you build your temari repertoire as you stitch your way through the book.

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Barbara B. Suess has a degree in Landscape Design from Colorado State University. She is a member of the Japan Temari Association (certified Level 3 Shihan - Master/Instructor), the Embroiderers' Guild of America, National Academy of Needlearts, and the National Embroidery Teachers' Association. For the past twenty years, she's been extremely fortunate to follow her passions as a full time mom and a fiber artist exploring Japanese temari and embroidery, quilting, English smocking, and heirloom sewing. A four year stay in Yokohama instilled in her a love of Japan and its people. Barbara began a business, Kiku Designs (, in 2004 when she started writing temari patterns and creating temari inspired jewelry. This is her first Japanese craft book. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two daughters and their golden retriever.


24 Patterns: Fireworks, Autumn Moon, Hands Around the World, Layered Squares, God's Eye, Rose Garden, Cranes and Bamboo, Interlocked Spindles, Twin Darts, Long Life, Striped Obi, Guardian Star, Star of David, Bellflower, Sunflower, Emperor, Empress, Blue Arrows, Trillium, Tiger by the Tail, Heaven's River, Dogwood, Ice Crystals, Kiku Mums. Some of these patterns have variations given.

Temari Techniques: Stitch a Square, Five-Point Star, Triangle, Trefoil ( each of these is explained interlocked and layered). Divisions: simple 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16. Also, combination 8 division.

Guide for Temari Teachers and Temari Resources.

Link to Barb's second book on temari


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