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How to make teenie temari

1. The core - you can start with a small styrofoam ball if you like. However, I've found it's just as easy to use a tissue. Crumple it and then roll it into a ball with the palms of your hands. Compress it as you roll it. The smaller balls in the photo were made with half a tissue.

2. The wrap - there is no need to wrap with yarn like you do with a regular size temari. Wrap right over the tissue ball with several strands of sewing thread (power wrap). Use at least 3 strands - I like to use 6 or more. You'll find it squirting out of your hands! It's really hard to hold on to that little ball. Keep power wrapping and occasionally rolling the ball in the palms of your hands. When it is round and has a firm surface for stitching, cover it with a single strand of thread and end off.

3. Guidelines - adding guideines has to be done by eye. The ball is much too small to use a paper marking strip or a tape measure but your eyes will do just fine! First, place pins for the north and south poles. Use short pins, place them straight into the ball (not at an angle) directly opposite each other. With one hand holding each pin, spin the ball. If it wobbles a lot, you'll need to move a pin or adjust the angle so it's straight into the ball.

When you are satisfied with the placement of the pins, go ahead and add the vertical guidelines. Bring the guideline thread up at a pole and wrap straight around the ball, pivot and add another between for a simple 4 division. Take a minute to study the lines you just added and adjust them so they are even. Then if you want to make a simple 8, add more lines now. Tack the poles and end off.

Place 2 pins for the equator. Again, eyeball the placement so they are halfway between the poles. Spin the ball while holding those pins. Then add the equator. Check the placement by eye and tack the intersections.

4. Stitching - choose an easy design for your first! Wrapped bands is a good place to start. When complete, stitch a cross stitch (an X) over the intersection. Another good design is to wrap an obi and then stitch pine needle designs over the poles. I use either pearl 5 or pearl 8 - either one works. With pearl 5, you'll stitch fewer rows, of course.

5. Hanger - optional, of course. I like to add a hanger to attach the ball to scissors, cell phone, purse, etc. Use your favorite method and keep it to scale with the teenie temari - about 1-2" long. Here are some instructions.




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