A Visual Guide to Making Japanese Embroidered Thread Balls
From simple to sophistciated, temari balls have delighted generations of Japanese artisans. Now it is your turn to experience this unique craft, continuing a tradition that started hundreds of years ago in the Imperial court of Japan. Originally crafted from the same silk threads woven into elegant kimono, temari were made as pretty playthings. Over time, they became an art form in miniature - lovely representations of centuries-old patterns embroidered onto perfectly round handballs.
Temari Techniques offers all you need to make beautiful Japanese temari balls. You'll start by learning how to make a smooth, round base and add the guidelines around which you will shape your design. With hundreds of step-by-step drawings to guide you, you'll soon master stitching and embroidery techniques. Next, you'll learn how to layer threads to create pattern, color, and texture. Soon you will be creating dazzling designs where the threads overlap and interlock in amazingly intricate ways. Scattered throughout the book are dozens of patterns which you can duplicate and use to refine your skills.
- Beautiful photos of dozens of temari on display
- Hundreds of detailed drawings demystify techniques
- Patterns help practice skills and lay the groundwork for your own designs
- At-a-glance stitch guide for left-handed sittchers
- Illustrated visual reference to help you locate specific technques quickly
- Lesson plan for temari teachers
Great for beginners, with new challenges for intermediate temari stitchers, Temari Techniques will inspire you to create your own miniature works of art!
208 pages. ISBN 978-1-933308-32-6. $29.95 .