Earlier this year, we featured a Celtic Triwing pattern, and today we are showcasing an alternative Triwing pattern for this second Temari ball design. As I explained previously, the design is created using three division lines, but it is easier to mark a 6-division temari. This particular design is similar to Tiger By The Tail by Barbara Seuss.
For this design, we used two colours from our collection
The black metallic background provides a beautiful background for Colour #77 (orange/golden yellows). The warmth and brightness of this colour makes the entire Triwing pattern pop amidst the background.
I have only provided a brief overview about designing Temari balls, but you can learn more details on Barbara Seuss’ website. She has written several books on the subject, and Verna has used many of her designs to create her new collection.
Historically remnants of old kimonos were formed to create the base of a ball, but today styrofoam balls are wrapped with a bottom of thread. Once the ball is wrapped, the design begins. You start with locating the north and south poles and the equator using narrow strips of paper, about ¼ inch wide, to determine where to place your marker pins. Divide the equator strip into the number of divisions your design requires; 4, 8 and 16 are the easiest, but you can use any number. Once complete, use the marker threads to divide the ball. You are now ready to start adding your variegated threads using one stitch at a time to create the design.