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Temari Tutorial-Beginner -Dahlia

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(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Temari Tutorial-Beginner -Dahlia
Temari Tutorial-Beginner -Dahlia

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Thread a needle!

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.

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.

This tutorial will lead you through the steps needed to achieve an impressive design called Dahlia, which is worked on a 16 Simple Division base, instructions for which are included in this tutorial.

This looks really difficult but is actually so easy you could do it as a second-ever ball! The division is straightforward and the stitching is simply a pleasure.

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
  • Spool of cheap sewing thread
  • Small ball 3 or 4 ply yarn
  • 4 shades Perle 5 thread
  • Marking thread
  • pins
  • Long sturdy needle