Thursday, June 10, 2010

Finished Temari!

First in a month! But there are two more I want to get to now, so I think my stitching energy is back. I do have to come up with more overall energy, though, we've been way too busy.

Here it is. I compared it to the original one from Nana Akua and noticed a couple of differences, one on purpose, and one not. The difference I don't like is that my Kiku stitches do not start nearly as close to the center of the shapes as the original. I found it hard to get as close as I did, but to get the centers even closer is amazing. It adds a degree of elegance mine does not have.


The change I made on purpose was the stitching over the centers of the metallic thread. On the picture I was working from the centers were bright primary colors: blue and red. I decided I would rather use pink. It neatens up my centers considerably (not that they needed it, or anything, you will notice there were no pictures of the centers that were not obscured by my numbered tags). The color blends in, and adds a nice little touch of sparkle. DH calls this one my confetti temari, I like the name, it's a party!

I'm ready to start 2 more temari, so I think the stitching energy is back.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Kittens & Temari

Look who came to live at our house! We estimate they are about 4 weeks old. They are being fostered (DD is doing the heavy lifting) until they are big enough to be on their own. I promise we won't keep more than 2 of them(!) Do you see the little one down on the right with her mouth open? I can't believe how loud 4 little kittens are.


We are making slow progress on the SAL temari. This is what the surface looked like at the end of the 6th round. The shapes the white thread makes are very interesting, and there was plenty of room for it.


I'm having a little more of a challenge with the 7th and final round. I'm very pleased to be able to get the pins out, and I'm hoping I can roll this one on a hard surface and get some of the threads to hunker down a little more. It still won't be done after this round, though, I want to tack all the centers. Right now I'm planning on using a pink metallic for that... but that is still subject to change.


It won't look exactly like the object ball, but I think it will be striking.