A Traditional Japanese Embroidery Technique

Book - 1998
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"Virtually unknown outside Japan until recently, Temari consists of a ball core covered with plain sewing thread and finished on the outside with brightly colored embroidery thread in geometric designs. Twenty-two illustrated step-by-step projects for finishing the outside complete the book....An excellent and beautifully illustrated guide and is highly recommended for all crafts collections."-- Library Journal.
Publisher: Lewes, East Sussex : Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, 1998.
ISBN: 9781861080806
Branch Call Number: 746.42 LUD
Characteristics: 132 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 28, 2016

Not my cup of tea. I love most things Japanese but these are balls of thread with patterns woven in. Not very pretty. Not usable. Can't imagine what I would do with one.

Nov 16, 2016

This book presents the basics of temari; starting with making the mari from scratch, to measuring and marking the guidelines for the various patterns.

It is a hobby that uses orts of threads, yarn and fabric to create what, in the beginning were meant a child's plaything, but quickly became objects of colour and beauty.

The book is not intimidating, and is a good choice if you want to try your hand at what can become addictive. You need something like an orphan sock, various amounts of yarn of any colour and a spool of thread in the shade of your choice. Evening TV watching is a good time to make the thread balls that are the base for this art form.

The author provides patterns, graded from easy to some experience required. A good introduction with closeup images of the finished product to inspire.

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