Thursday, February 27, 2014

Need thread?

I've got thread!

I've got cones in interesting colors....
Metallics for Japanese Temari
and I've got cards...

Sampler metallic set from

and more cards...

Sampler metallic set from
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A new pattern! Pink Christmas Cactus Temari

Pink Christmas Cactus temari pattern by Barbara B. Suess is available now

Pattern available for instant download in the shop.

This simple 10 division temari is an intriguing woven puzzle. At first glance, it appears to be stitched the same as a 5-point star, but look closer and you will see kiku herringbone designs that intertwine in an unusual way!

I love etsy's instant download feature! As soon as your payment goes through, you receive an email with a link with directions on how to download the pattern. Save it to your computer to use. Zoom in to the photos on the pdf to see every minor detail. Print a copy if you like.

I really enjoyed stitching this temari! It was a request from a temari stitcher in Australia. If you would like to request a pattern, just let me know.

Pink and green diamonds interlock around the equator
in a new temari pattern by Barbara B. Suess

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Beautiful and meaningful temari by Cindy Coleman

Cindy Coleman lives up the road from me in Hickory, North Carolina. Well, it is a bit of a drive up towards the mountains on I40 towards Asheville.  She has been making temari for a few years now and sharing it with her community. I'm happy that she shares it with me via email. Cindy expresses the challenges of designing temari. Oh, but the results are fantastic and well worth the effort!

From Cindy:

"I am attaching three photos of a temari display I made for the permanent Holocaust collection at Catawba Valley Community College where I teach.  The project took me longer than expected because I had to rework my design several times on a smaller thread ball.  So many prototypes had to be dismantled. I transferred the final design to a 4-inch temari; the final result you see is a 5-inch ball.  It is asymmetrical which provided a bit of problem solving.  So that folks could see both top (Star of David) and bottom (kiku flame), I mounted the temari on to a 3-inch clear-glass candlestick which was glued to a 12”x12” piece of glass.  The temari sits freely on the candlestick.  At the base is rusty ring of barbed wire and a fabric Star of David on which was written 'Jude.' (The fabric star is impaled on one of the barbs.)  My husband found the glass cover online.  All in all, I  think it turned out well. The curator of the collection is Jewish by heritage, so I gave the 4-inch temari to him.

While working on the project, I discovered the meaning of the word holocaust is 'sacrifice by fire.'  The stitched Star of David was an over-under form which the curator told me is the preferred way.  This I didn’t know either."

Holocaust temari by Cindy Coleman

Detail of Holocaust temari by Cindy Coleman showing the mirror beneath.

The Holocaust display from April 8, 2013.
This is a recent display at Cindy's library. 
If you have a temari exhibition, please let me know. I'd love to share it for you.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Temari exhibition in Stuttgart

Don't you love seeing temari on display as art? I'm sure this cafe in Stuttgart was one special place to be! The owner of the blog was gracious enough to share her photos with us.

Hashimoto san the master and organizer of the TE-MARI exhibition 
Antje san, one of the Te-mari artist.

Temari perched on a shelf

Hanging temari displayed with a white background

The branch on the wall has hanging temari.

It's always good to provide information for viewers.
 If you have a temari exhibition, please let me know. I'd love to share it for you.