Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Something a little different







I haven't posted on my hour a day progress because, while I have been ahead of the game, I don't think things will look like much until the whole thing is together. Does that make sense? Since we are working from stash, some will appear very dark and drab until everything comes together. Then I hope things will pop.

Meanwhile, while cruising the blog I teased Cathy in Ireland about her knitting. I am so intrigued by what you knitters are doing. I haven't made but one thing, many years ago (probably before Cathy was even born!) and would like to take a class to brush up and learn more. I told her it would be but one more thread art that I fall for. As many of us, I have sewn garments, I have done some cross stitch, needlepoint, and crewel. I have attempted knitting and crochet- but mother is an expert at crochet, so why not let her do it for me?? LOL

There is another thread art that is perhaps a little out of the norm, I thought I would share some of my projects with you as a taste of something different. This is Temari, which is Japanese (some say it was Chinese even further back in time) which means embroidered balls. In Asia, they used scrap materials (hmm, sounds like sisters across the seas)and sometimes husks to form an inner ball. They would push and wrap until they built to the size they desired and until it was round. Today, we use preformed balls and wrap in layers of yarns and then threads so there is something to stitch into. It is amazing how hard it is to wrap so that things stay round! These are my humble beginnings-

20 comments:

May Britt said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!!! This must be difficult to make.

Judy said...

Well, that's surely a neat piece of art!

I hope you like your February quilt! You're scaring me. :)

Quilting Kim said...

Please don't take this the wrong way, but those balls are beautiful. Were they difficult to make?

Ruth's Place said...

They are beautiful!

Karen said...

Goodness, Gail, how beautiful. They do look difficult to make; you surely are following some directions of some kind?? They remind me of the Russian Easter eggs I used to make back in college.

Carolyn said...

What a unique talent you have! I've never seen anything like this...they're beautiful!

quiltpixie said...

I haven't seen tamuri balls in ages! I had a friend who decorated her Christmas treee with them Yours are beautifully round looking.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Beautiful Temari Balls!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Laurie Ann said...

Those would be cool Christmas tree ornaments!!

Nancy said...

Those are truly works of art. How awesome!

Suze said...

They are stunning. You are tempting me to add yet one more thing to my list of undone projects. Leave the knitting alone and stick with the balls.

cher said...

these are beautiful

Cynthia said...

they are lovely. A few years ago we had a Japanese exchange student who stayed with us for 3 weeks and she gave us a couple of them.

Mary said...

They're very pretty, how do you display them? In a bowl?

McIrish Annie said...

Gail I love your temari balls!! would love to try something like that. I see you are up to date on the Thangles buck a block. I am tragically far behind. I think I have five sitting in little baggies next to my sewing machine.
:( maybe this weekend

Rebecca said...

You Go Girl! These Tamari balls are awesome! Now that's talent!

rebecca

Susan said...

Oh, I absolutely love the third one! I suppose someone who is a Japanese expert could tell that you are a beginner, but I surely can't. They are all just lovely.

hardenbrookgirl said...

Just catching up on my reading. These are truly amazing and beautiful! I've never seen anything like this before. Do you have them displayed in a basket or bowl in your home? What a unique conversation piece!

Tazzie said...

Ohhh my goodness, they are just lovely! I can't even imagine how much patience would be required to make those lovely balls.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

ForestJane said...

Those are cool!

I'll have to look online for a tutorial on how they're made. It kind of reminds me of the God's Eyes we used to make at summer camp.