TEMARI, hand dyed perle cottonDay 10 of a Colourful Christmas!  A gorgeous example of TEMARI today!

I posted about Temari earlier in April of this year mentioning I had admired Temari balls for some time.  Temari are Japanese thread balls.  They are a folk art form originating in China and later introduced to Japan.  Temari means “hand ball” in Japanese and these were originally created as children’s toys.  Historically, Temari were constructed from remnants of old kimonos where pieces of silk fabric would be wadded to form a ball, then the wad would be wrapped with strips of fabric.  Today many use styrofoam balls and wrap these with a base thread.  Designs are embroidered to the core base often in geometric patterns, usually symmetrical with many design elements from nature.

At the end of my previous post I mentioned that I needed to find some talented individual who would make me some.  I follow Judy’s blog who is a Canadian fiber artist.   She sometimes posts lovely photos of Temari balls created by a friend of hers.  SO, I contacted her friend Verna!

Verna created this gorgeous Temari ball.  In fact, she has created several for me which I will be sharing in upcoming posts.  I knew when I saw this one that I had to include it in my Colourful Christmas series.  What a beauty (believe me, they ALL are beauties as you will see).  Verna used a size 8 perle cotton colour #137 and the pattern is from Barbara Seuss’ book Japanese Temari called “Emperor”.  The background is wrapped with black and a metallic adding a bit of sparkle.  Here is another view.  TEMARITHANK YOU VERNA – GORGEOUS!

This completes my 2015 Colourful Christmas series.  I do hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.  A number of new goodies will be displayed on my tree this year – perhaps there will be a few new goodies on yours too.

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