Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tateyama Cedar Temari

In our JTA study group, we are continuing to tackle the inspiring patterns set out for us as a new curriculum for studying temari. A question from Robin got me interested in this temari design that I would have been reluctant to tackle on my own. We got help from Japan and learned a new technique called overstitching. I love discovery and learning! This design is called Tateyama Cedar and is found in the booCosmo 3 - New Temari (Atarashii Temari) by Chiyoko Ozaki, ISBN 4-8377-0281-3. Published by Macaw in January, 1981. 

Tateyama Cedar Temari by Barbara B. Suess
This is a simple 6 division temari where you stitch layered concentric diamonds with 3 strands of embroidery floss. I decided to keep the spirit of this temari and use shades of green like the one in the book. 

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A quick web search led to information on this cedar tree...

Tateyama Cedar

The shape of Tateyama Cedars allows them to shed snow and remain strong under heavy snowfall.
Here are some photos of the process.

With 3 strands of embroidery floss in the needle, stitch
concentric diamonds, one row at a time to layer them.

When the diamond corners meet at the equator, begin
overstitching. It's important to use embroidery floss rather than
pearl cotton, because it blends so well.

Another view of the overstitching. Now that I've learned the
technique, I'll be neater in my stitching next time!

Keep an eye on the area left to be stitched so all distances are
the same at the poles.