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Temari Tutorial - Begonia


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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 an amazing design called Begonia. It's based on a Complex-8 Division, instructions for which are not included in this tutorial, but can be obtained from my pattern shop. The Begonia is an intriguing design which perfectly illustrates the way Temari designs often have of not looking much like the picture until nearly finished! 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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Create a Complex 8 division on your ball

Supplies Needed

  • Polystyrene ball wrapped and divided into a C8 division
  • 4 shades of Perle 5 thread
  • Pins

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Unicorn Studios
Unicorn Studios
My mother taught me to knit at age 4 and I haven't stopped crafting since! I work at a variety of crafts and also write tutorials to help others to find new skills or brush up on existing ones. In 'real life' I'm a qualified antiques restorer. I am fascinated by Japanese Temari and have written a number of tutorials in English to help non-Japanese stitchers to create some of the amazing designs. Although the tutorials are ranked into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, Temari from the upper two levels can quite easily be worked by stitchers with little experience of the craft, as the tutorials give very detailed, step-by-step instructions. Full support is given by email for all my tutorials. If you have a problem stitching your project, drop me a line and we'll solve it together.