TEMARI, Colour Complements embroidery threads A new TEMARI ball to add to my growing collection and it is a beauty. I have mentioned before that Verna, a fellow Canadian loves creating Temari balls. I have started to see Temari “swirl” patterns of late so Verna opted to do a swirl against a brown/rust background. The pattern is an original and turned out lovely.

Verna used size 8 perle cotton in Colour #4 which is a blend of various values of orange.

If you are not familiar with Temari they 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.

If it interests you to read more about Temari or attempt some yourself, you may like to check out Barbara Seuss’ website.

Thank you Verna.

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