|Wrap your temari with blue thread. |
Stitch happy, sloppy daisies with pearl cotton.
First, how to start stitching on a temari. There is no back side like with a flat piece of fabric, so what do you do with the knot?
|Thread your needle, leaving a small knot in one end.|
Cut the tail short. Enter the ball a couple of inches
away from your starting point.
|Come up at your starting point.|
|Gently pull the thread through the ball|
until the knot pops down under the
thread wrap. It's gone!
At this point, I'd recommend going over to Mary Corbet's site for her wonderful video tutorials or pulling out an embroidery book from your shelf. Stitch, stitch, stitch until the ball is covered with flowers. How to end off? Pretty simple....
|Finish the stitch (a triangle is shown here) |
and come up a couple of inches away.
|Clip off the extra thread right at |
the surface of the ball.
French knots can be a bit more challenging when done on a temari. You'll need to wrap 3 or 4 times to get a decent sized knot that doesn't get sucked down into the thread wrap. Stitch over a couple of threads to keep the knot on top. When exiting, try to position your thread at a spot where you want to stitch the next knot. If you can't, then just stitch away out into an open area, then stitch back to where you'd like to place the next knot.
It's all about hiding those starts and stops!