Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pretty Flowers

I finished my multi-pole temari this past weekend. I really like how it turned out. Each face on the multi-pole (12 pentagons and 20 hexagons) got a flower stitched on it with a family of colors. I checked back, and the pattern called for 4 rows, but I only did 3; most of the flowers have 3 colors in them, but a couple have two colors. I started with the darkest color, then one row of medium, then the light color over all.

The temari does have a different character depending on where you look at it. Some sides show more red/orange colors, some sides more blue/green colors. I didn't really plan the placement, but I'm thinking maybe I should have.

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I was boasting about my stash a little bit in my last post, but I spoke too soon. This temari showed up a gap in my bead stash. I didn't have 2 yellow/gold beads, an orange and a coral, all warm colors. Michael's provided 3 of the colors I needed, but didn't have the coral. Neither did Joanne's. DD1 to the rescue! She picked up 3 tubes of beads for me at Caravan Beads in Chicago. One of them was a perfect match and I was able to finish. She's a designer, so I knew that just giving her the name of the color would work, and I was right.

I told you earlier what kind of bead storage did not work for me (the little metal cups I got with a kit). I decided to take a picture of the bead storage I use now, that does work. The plastic boxes are clear, so I can see the colors without having to open everything. They boxes hold rectangular "tubes" that hold the beads themselves. These are transparent too, and come in different sizes depending on how many beads of each color you have. This is my box of blue:

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I have about 1/2 dozen of these, some a little fuller, a couple a little less. One of the emptiest now has a few more options, the red/gold one.

Personal note:
Many of you know I have been struggling with headaches since last October. Ten days ago I had a "procedure" that had about a 50% chance of working. It was the least invasive of the procedures on the list, so the doctors felt it was worth trying. It took several days for me to know if it worked or not, complicated by the fact I was trying to get off caffeine at the same time. I am cautiously optimistic that it worked! I was very depressed last Monday because I had gotten a bad headache on Sunday; I think now that was due to caffeine withdrawal, and that the procedure did work. That is the only headache I have had all week, and everyone is commenting about my changed attitude. I was hoping I would get my energy back as soon as the headaches were gone. That hasn't happened. I guess losing my energy was a gradual thing, and I will have to build it back up, now that getting up and moving around won't threaten a headache. I hope this isn't TMI, thank you for listening.

7 comments:

changelingthings said...

Hi - Not sure if I've left a comment before but I'm a big fan of your blog and beautiful temari's. It's weird how we can put such beautiful images of our work on our blogs and yet no one may know of the pain we struggle with. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your work and I'm wishing you the best of luck for the outcome of the proceedure. I hope you have no more pain.

dabolt said...

Hi Jane,
The new temari is wonderful! I didn't go look it up in the book because I wanted to be surprised but now that I see yours I remember seeing the original at some point. You did a lovely job! The beads are perfect in the middle.

Thank-you for sharing a headache update. I've been wondering how you were doing after your last health comments. It is nice to know that things are looking up. Hope you see continued improvement.

MOM said...

I didn't have the headaches but am so relieved that they have gone away. We are thanking God with you. Can you order no rain for the weekend?

Marjorie said...

Awesome Temari--just gorgeous.

I am SOOO happy to hear the Monday was a fluke and the procedure may have worked. I have been so very worried ever since dinner last Monday. It's great you haven't had a headache since! Woo-hoo!!!

Cindy said...

Hope you are feeling much better soon :)

I have had caffiene withdrawals before, back when I was working in retail. NOT FUN! Hope you are through that, and the procedure took care of the rest :)

JLC Studio said...

I have caffeine withdrawls if I don't have coffee by 2:00 pm!! It's one headache that you can't really get to go away with pain meds either :( Where's the pic with me and C!?!?

averyclaire said...

Jane...my prayers are with you during this time...hope you are well now. Love the flower temari.