Monday, August 18

DIY Temari Ball

Temari Pendant from LuluStudio

I got such a wonderful response to my post on the amazing Suzik, that I couldn't resist sharing a whole collection of different artists' creations as well as a few links to "how-to's".

From Wiki:
"Temari balls are a folk art form that originated in China and was introduced to Japan five or six hundred years ago. Historically, they were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos. Pieces of silk fabric would be wadded up to form a ball, and then the wad would be wrapped with strips of fabric. As time passed, traditional Temari balls became an art, with the functional stitching becoming more decorative and detailed, until the balls displayed very intricate embroidery.

TEMARI Autumn flame. from KNOEVELKES

With the introduction of rubber to Japan, the balls went from play toys to art objects, although loving mothers will still make them for their children. Temari balls became an art and craft of the Japanese upper class and aristocracy, and noble women competed in creating increasingly beautiful and intricate objects.

Temari represent a highly valued and cherished gift, symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty. Also, the brilliant colors and threads used are symbolic of wishing the recipient a brilliant and happy life. Traditionally, becoming a craftsman in Japan was a tedious process. To become a Temari artist in Japan today requires specific training, and one must be tested on one's skills and technique before being acknowledged as a crafter of Temari.

Sun Temari from suzik

Traditionally, temari were often given to children from their parents on New Year's Day. Inside the tightly wrapped layers of each ball, the mother would have placed a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish for her child. The child would never be told what wish his or her mother had made while making the ball.

Alternately, some balls contained "noisemakers" consisting of rice grains or bells, to add to the play value. It is said that traditional temari were wrapped so tightly they would actually bounce."

If you prefer instructions you can actually hold in your hand:

The Temari Book by Anna Diamond from BarrelOfMonkeys

Otherwise, the DIY network has a wonderful, step by step edition complete with illustrations (for me, a little imagery goes a long way!).

So go on, get crafty with your bad self!!


quaint handmade said...

these are so lovely. there is so much attention to detail and symbolism, which makes receiving one very special. thank your for sharing, they are new to me.

Rosebud Collection said...

Never heard of this before..I must say they are beautiful..What work goes into making them..thanks for sharing this information..Always nice to learn something new..

blazedanielle said...

What pretty photos! I love seeing what patterns can be made!

zamzam design said...

Thanks for educating me on Temari balls! Not only the are very pretty but now I know where they come from.

juju said...

wow. i'd never heard of temari. tamari on the other hand ... thank you for such a wonderfully informative and beautiful post!

Alyssa said...

I've never seen these or heard of them! Thanks for the lovely and colorful insight:)

Leanne said...

Wow, you learn something new everyday! I haven't heard of Temari Balls before. Fascinating.

Anonymous said...

today looking for inspiration for creating more temaris and found your site with some of my work, and julie's. What a Thrill! Thank you so much! Since I first learned of these incredible creations and learned I could do them too, and HAVE to do them-they are like an obsession. It always does my heart good when I hear others enjoyment. Sincerely, Susan H. aka suzik from etsy