Saturday, June 7, 2008

a nice set of balls

temari balls


Before I tried knitting or bookbinding or screen printing, temari balls were my crafting obsession. These are over 10 years old (please excuse the dust).

If you are interested in learning temari, I highly recommend Diana Vandervoort's book Temari: How to Make Japanese Thread Balls (ISBN 0-87040-881-X). It has very clear instructions and is illustration heavy, just what you want in a craft book. Vandervoort has a few follow-up books with additional techniques/patterns.

More pictures at Flickr

9 comments:

Aunt Kathy said...

I have an Internet friend who last year took classes to learn Temari and I just couldn't picture them. But they sounded wonderful. Last thing I need is another obsession though, yikes.

Em-En said...

Hi Kathy :)

Too many interesting things, too little time. I know when I was doing temari, I thought it was somewhat expensive, but that was through the eyes/pocketbook of a student.

Dana said...

These are absolutely beautiful! Are you going to pick it back up again?

Em-En said...

Thanks Dana!

I may get back into it someday. I still have all the supplies so I'm all set if the desire strikes. :)

glasfaden said...

So beautiful!!

Em-En said...

Thanks glasfaden! :)

thinkingmama said...

Those are gorgeous! They look really complicated but then again, some people say that about knitting. :)

Em-En said...

Glad you like 'em thinkingmama. :)

The ones in the pictures weren't very difficult. The patterns get a lot more elaborate.

spacestitch said...

I'd like to try making one of these. Thank you for the book suggestion!