Grandmother Star temari class

Grandmother Star

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The design:

This class is designed for temari stitchers who already know how to mark a combination 10 division and want to begin exploring multicentered markings. Detailed instructions are given from start to finish, including making and marking a ball (from a simple division to C10 to 32 centers), along with many tips on techniques. Instructions are given for stitching a pentagon and hexagon, 5-petal and 6-petal kiku designs (kiku herringbone stitching), stitching a triangle through keeper pins, and the more advanced technique of continuous paths stitching. Glossary of terms in English and Japanese is included in the text.

Each week, you will get a link to where you can download a part of the class text. It totals over 70 pages, filled with color diagrams. You can use the text straight from your computer or you can print the text and keep it in a notebook.


Week One

Your goal this week is to make a large 42cm circumference ball using rice hulls and then mark it in a combination 10 division. Many students are comfortable with the C10 but may not have tried it on such a large temari. Others are still finding their way through this division and are looking for ways to improve. For this week's text, I’ve gathered all I know about the C10 division so you can pick and choose among several methods to come up with a way that is best for you. We will identify the shapes on the C10 and discuss different design possibilities for filling those shapes. Also, in Week One, I'll introduce you to four extra patterns called "Challenges." You can work on these at your convenience using threads and other supplies from your stash.

Week Two

This week, we will add support lines for 32 centers. Once you understand the marking, you can explore different Stitching hexagons and pentagonsstitching paths to complete it. This is where marking the ball gets to be as much fun as stitching! After the marking is complete, we will stitch pentagons and hexagons with perle cotton for the first step in the embroidery. Week 2 Challenge pattern is called Times Square.

Week Three

Continuing with Grandmother Star embroidery, this week we will study two different ways to create the next layer: stitching triangles around pivot points or stitching continuous paths. Week 3 Challenge pattern is called Open Stars. It uses the same technique as the main design.

Week Four

Stitching kiku herringbone designs is the last step to complete Grandmother Star. The text includes tips on how to perfect the technique when filling pentagons and hexagons. Week 4 Challenge pattern is called 32 Kikus, with two variations.

Week 5

The last week of class is for evaluation of your work and a look back on ways to improve and ways to make design changes to create a temari that is uniquely your own. Week 5 Challenge is Grandmother Star on 122 Centers. The classroom will remain open for six months so everyone has plenty of time to complete the stitching.

Challenge Temari Patterns (use threads from your stash)

Challenge 1Challenge 2Challenge 4


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