On a recent visit to the nursery I saw a variety of sunflower plants.  So, why not show you a sunflower Temari!

I always think of autumn when I see sunflowers mainly because I tend to see them in fall displays at local farm markets.  There is a farm market close by with one of those large wagons outside.  They usually decorate it with hay, pumpkins, squash, mums and sunflowers.  Looks very festive. 

I mentioned in my previous post that Verna has created several beautiful Temari balls to add to my collection as well as give as future gifts.  This is another beautiful example. 

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

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. You can find another example of Temari using the sunflower design in this blog post.

What do you think of this one?

Do you know about Temari balls?

Temari balls are Japanese thread balls meaning “hand ball” in Japanese.  They are a folk art form that originated in China and later were introduced to 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.

Thank you Verna.  More coming soon.  

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