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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t97lJO8LtjQ 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.