Friday, July 15, 2011

Temari from last October

I have things to write about, but I didn't have any pictures until the original of this temari was posted yesterday, which I am taking as permission to post my copy here. I really like this picture, as it shows the shine of the red metallic. It is nice to see this picture, since I gave the original away quite a while ago.


Parts are accumulating for my felted bag. I have read the instructions, and they say to assemble everything before felting. I have almost a dozen "roses" in rose, purple, off white, and aqua, but I am still lacking leaves and green tendrils; I think I will have to pick up some feltable green yarn today so I can keep going on this. I am trying to be good and finish this project before I start on one of the 2 new, and exciting, knitting projects I have planned (and all the supplies for). But you know how hard it is to be good...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Temari Stitch-Along (SAL)

I am participating in a SAL on the Talk Temari group, and it is turning out great! Thank you so much for leading this J! This is what it looked like after completing step 2... very pretty, but I couldn't wait to see what would finish it. I had an idea...


and I was close, but not exactly right. The small center flowers/stars are so pretty, and just the right touch to add interest.


My 42 center marking is not as precise as I would have liked. Most of the hexagons are squashed in one dimension. On this marking, according to Debi, you can have your hexagons and pentagons similar sizes, and the hexagons will be squashed, or you can have regular hexagons and pentagons, but the pentagons will be smaller. Even thought the hexagons are squashed on this ball, I really like how it is turning out.

I am also starting to accumulate parts for my felted tote bag. These are the handles and 3 roses (that look a little like tea cups). I am not quite sure if these get assembled and then felted, or if you felt, then assemble. There is a ways to go yet on this one.


I don't think I can get a picture of the body yet. I can only think of one word to describe it so far, and it is in Spanish: flojo. It means limp and floppy, but I think it is very descriptive. I am so excited to see how this one turns out!

I am stopping today to pick up the yarn for my lacy shawl! I am excited and nervous about starting that project... I will be depending on life-lines so if I make a mistake in the lace pattern I will have a place to go back to where I know I was right (without having to take out everything). I will show pictures, when I get that far.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


My exchange partner received her temari, so now I can share it with you. I was having trouble deciding on a design for this exchange. My partner is such a good temari artist that I wanted to send something worthy (without being too obvious about it... ) and the indecision was paralysing. Finally, when I walked into a needlework shop, I came face to face with a wall of fibers, and I got inspired.

This is stitched with Vineyard Silks. I LOVE this fiber! It stitches like a dream, and there is just enough color difference on the kikus to add depth and interest to the flower.


I am so glad you liked it J!

The crocheted bag that will be felted, the Springtime Holland Mandala, the small autumn pouch, and the stitch-along temari are all coming along. I will try to share pictures tomorrow.