I finally finished stitching this swirl. When I was planning it I didn't realize how much stitching it would take.
It looks better from a little farther away. The fans of thread almost look three dimentional.
I am very pleased I was able to figure out this pattern just from seeing a picture of a completed temari, and it turned out okay, with a lot of room for improvement. I think this is one of those projects where practice makes perfect.
Thanks, everyone for your kind wishes on our anniversary!