Monday, August 2, 2010

Temari Balls and Saskatchewan Day

First of all, Happy Saskatchewan Day!!!!! Or Civic Holiday. Or, well, whatever you want to call it. Yup, we have another stat holiday here; we can't agree what to call it, however. It's called something different in nearly every province or territory. Or at least in those that observe it. I ended up cleaning most of the day. I know, the horror! But it had to be done, plus I wanted to rearrange some furniture. I get that from my mom; she used to rearrange the furniture on a regular basis. It would drive my dad nuts! Not sure if I like the result, but I can always change it again in a week or two. Besides that I haven't done much. I spent the weekend relaxing (which was needed). I did some digital tatting yesterday. I worked on diagramming another pattern of mine, and created another two. Still have to tat the two new ones to see if they work. More about them another time.

I don't want to mention my etsy shop more that I need to, but I decided to try the Showcase feature again (I was in the Jewelry section). Seemed to work. Mind you, offering free shipping (two days only, ending tomorrow midnight CST, buy now before it's gone!!!!) probably didn't hurt. This gives me a chance to get accurate shipping rates to other countries, so shipping rates overseas could change. That is all. We will now return to our regularly scheduled blog post.

Since I don't have any tatting to show you tonight, I will show you the new art form I'm learning. A few of you correctly identified it, and a few of you weren't as correct(fortunately, I can't stand clowns; I don't know why). Anyway, what I am working on are Temari Balls, or Japanese Thread Balls. Which are pretty much exactly that. A ball of some sort, traditionally from scraps of silk fabric leftover from making kimonos, though other materials can be used including Styrofoam balls which I'm using. The ball is then wrapping in fine yarn, and finally sewing thread. The thread forms a cloth like surface to do the decorative embroidery on. I won't go in much more detail. Here are a few photos of my first Temari balls:

This Temari is called Fireworks, for obvious reasons. I hope. They kinda look like fireworks. Technically, I don't know how traditional this one is, but it looks kinda cool. You need to see it in real life to appreciate it. The next one looks better, well I think so, anyway:

This one is called "Autumn Moon". This one is more traditional since it is divided up and the embroidery is stitched symmetrically. I think I did a pretty good job with this one. The only thing I'm not happy with is that the metallic gold thread that I used to divide the ball, and used for some decorative embroidery blends in pretty well with the gold sewing thread. Oh well.

That's all for now. Hopefully the next post will be tatting related. I got Marilee's new book in the mail (last week, I think). Finally, the secret to the tatted atom is mine!!!! Sorry, I don't know where that came from. Till next time.


  1. they look very nice, Jeff, you have way more patience then I do, wrapping the balls with thread......

  2. Jeff, I'm new to tatting and recently found your blog. Just wanted to say that I love your "homework motif". I've been tatting all kinds of girly things for my mother and daughter, and I was excited to find this design that I think will work up into a great table runner for my husband. I've bought some beachy colored thread and am looking forward to getting started on this. Thanks for sharing your pattern!