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Temari Tutorial - Complex 8 Division

from Unicorn Studios
(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Temari Tutorial - Complex 8 Division
Temari Tutorial - Complex 8 Division

Pattern Description:

Temari are the most beautiful and addictive things you are ever likely to make!

They have been made in Japan for over 1000 years - and in China before that. Basically, Temari are solid spheres, which can be created in a variety of ways and are then embroidered in a very specific method to make incredible and complex-looking designs.

This tutorial will lead you through the steps needed to achieve a Complex-8 Division, which is the gateway to many of the more intricate patterns and isn't nearly as complex or difficult as its name implies!

I've been making Temari since I first discovered them back in 1995 and have never either come to the end of the possible designs, or become bored by them, as there's such a vast variety of patterns.

All of my tutorials are based on original, traditional Japanese designs and print out in handy A5 sized booklets. The names of the designs are direct translations from the Japanese. Each tutorial contains a materials list, comprehensive, step-by-step written instructions and clear diagrams.

My tutorials also come with unlimited email support. If you get stuck while stitching your Temari, just email me and I'll help you out.


  • Polystyrene ball
  • Large spool cheap sewing thread
  • Spool metallic thread
  • 2 thin strips of paper (shredder or quilling paper works well)
  • Glass headed pins
  • Long, stiff needle