Thursday, March 31, 2011

Another Swirl Temari

Here is another try at a swirl temari. I love this color combination! I think I am improving, but there is still some work needed on the first round on each shape.


This couple of inches of thread is all that was left from a full skein of pearl #5 after I finished stitching! I was nervous about running out the whole time I was stitching, and wouldn't you know it, I picked a color that I only had one skein of! I did discover a partial skein last night when I was getting very nervous. It was the same color (DMC 806) but a different dye lot. I think I could have gotten away with using it, but I was glad I did not have to.


Next time I stitch a swirl, remind me to have at least 1 1/2 skeins that match before I start!

I really want to stitch this swirl from Nana Akoa. It is on a c10, and each diamond is divided into 4 triangles. Half are stitched clockwise, half counter-clockwise. This example was stitched with a fine pearl, but she has another example using a couple of strands of floss. I think I would want to try this on a large mari.

My next project is Poinsettias on my Flower Sampler. I think I have the pattern worked out in my head, now it just has to come out through my fingers.

Speaking of which... I watched this video about Japanese embroidery: Around minute 6 of the video, the sensei says "Hands are the exit of the spirit." Do you agree with that? I don't know if I do or not... but it is very thought provoking.


MOM said...

This swirl looks a lot like the one you did here, except mine is done with variegated thread. I stil am not sure where the poles are. I often try to find them when I pick it up. You are really doing some beauties!

Little Rabbit Miniatures said...

A wonderfully done swirl!

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely breathtaking. I love the swirls...LOVE the color. It's beautiful. All of your temaris are lovely...I guess I couldn't pick one that's my favorite. Nice work.

Lelia said...

"Hands are the exit of the spirit."

I suppose it depends on context. In a way, when I am engrossed in tatting (or something creative) the world seems to stop rotatiing and time FLIES by without any stress.

And, I liken it to out of body.

For me, I speak only for me, what I create is the best way for me to express myself. I'm not so hot with words - easier for me to create and share.

Perhaps that is why I enjoy exhibits so much, it is so visual - and I 'get it' immediately ... bonus, of course is the artists statement.

So, I can see the 'exit' as an extension of our spirit.

What were your thoughts?