TEMARI, Colour Complements


TEMARI are Japanese thread balls meaning “hand ball” in Japanese.  They are a folk art form originating in China and later introduced to Japan.  They were originally created as children’s toys.  Historically remnants of old kimonos were used as wadding to form the ball.  Today many use styrofoam balls and wrap these with a base of thread.  Designs are embroidered to the core base often in geometric patterns.

Another of Verna’s lovely creations today!

Verna started this one with a lime green ball.  The pattern is “Clematis in Bloom” from Japanese Temari by Barbara Seuss.  You can find it here.  She has used colour #147, colour #185 and a solid medium value purple.

Spring is in full bloom here on the west coast and this Temari certainly reminds me of that!  A little like the lilacs just starting to break out in my front yard 🙂

A quick reminder that my thread give-away ends today @ 5:00 a.m. so if you have not entered stop by NeedleNThread to enter now.

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