What are Temari balls?

Temari balls are Japanese thread balls meaning “hand ball” in Japanese.  They are a folk art form that originated in China and were later introduced in Japan.  Historically they were made of remnants of old kimonos wadded to form a ball, created as children’s toys.  Today most are styrofoam wrapped with a base of thread.  Designs are embroidered to the core base often in geometric patterns.

If you have followed my blog for any length of time then you will know I’ve always admired Temari.  Back in 2015 I was very fortunate to find Verna.  Verna is a fellow Canadian who just happens to love creating Temari balls.  I now have quite a collection of beauties thanks to Verna. 

AND, she has been busy creating more wonderful designs which I plan to share over the coming months.  Just wait until you see them – they are GORGEOUS!

If you have any interest in Temari, I would suggest you visit Barbara Seuss’ website.  She has written a number of books on the subject and Verna has used many of her designs to create my new collection.

Rose Garden is a pattern designed by Barbara Seuss.  Verna started this ball by wrapping it with candlelight metallic thread in a yellow.  She has used the following Colour Complements threads in a size 8 perle cotton

What do you think of Rose Garden? 

If you would like to check out another example in a different colour combination take a look at this post.

You will see a hanger in the photo as this will likely be given as a gift for hanging on the Christmas tree in the future.

Thank you Verna.  More coming soon.   

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