Two weeks ago I went to "camp" to finish my work for the Level 1 certification, I was at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
I only made 1 Temari for my certification because several that I made during the course work were good enough that they qualified for submission.
So what does the submission require?
I have to submit a single Temari in each of the following 4 categories
Once the temari are made, then you have to prepare the photos for submission
Here are the 4 temari I am submitting; these are NOT the pictures that will be sent to the JTA as I have still have to take them.
After I prepare the images I then fill out the form, send in my money and in the spring everything is sent to the JTA for evaluation; and I wait until next summer when the results are sent back
YES!! I have finished the lessons for the Level 1 certification. To be honest I am relieved as I have done 12 lessons in 5 months and I made 36 temari for the course work and another 5 for presents; that's a LOT of temari.
These two lessons are a prelude to the JTA Level 2 certification, which concentrates on the complex divisions; which is why for lesson 11 one learns to do a complex 8 division and lesson 12 teaches complex 10.
What did I learn in these two lessons
Here are the pictures from the lesson.
10 down, only 2 more to go and technically I am done with the lessons for the Level 1 certification. The final two lessons are the introduction to Level 2.
I actually finished this lesson over a week ago; I was busy with the day job, coming home late and leaving early that I did not get around to posting this. Lesson 10 was about the 3 ways that the threads from stitches can intersect with other stitching. There is:
Another Week, Another Lesson!!
I finished lesson 9 which was about stitching continuous designs - giong around the mari and across the obi and ending where you started, many times. This is called, in English, Merry Go Round.. This lesson only required me to stitch 4 temari, I did not stitch a bonus round this time as I was also working on a quilt since it was a 3-day weekend (Labor Day in the USA).
What I learned in this lesson:
Yeah!! I finished lesson 8 which is about "Tri-Wings". This lesson only required me to stitch 2 temari but, as usual, I did a bonus round. I will be honest I was not enjoying stitching the 2 temari that were required, I thought they were rather blah; but when I started the bonus temari, I chose the colors and the positioning, I really liked the result; but I still think Tri-Wings are a bit boring.
What I learned in this lesson:
This past week I worked on lesson 7 - which was about advanced kiku (herringbone).
The 3 temari to be made were on large mari which were 30+ cm in circumference; so I spent the evenings, watching my favorite shows and winding all of them. The next day (I was home for a few days of vacation) marking and stitching. I also mixed up the colors a bit and I am very happy with the results.
Then there was the temari I did for what I call the bonus round - this is the fourth temari. This was a simple kiku but the two on each side are interwoven. I should have used a different color for the mari background but I did not have a color that matched, so I went with Ivory. I like the temari but with a light green or green/blue it would look better
What I learned this lesson
Here are the pictures!
Lesson 6 is about the herringbone stitch and this makes perfect sense. Each lesson so far has built upon the last; wrapping, squares, stars, spindles all with the same basic stitch but each adding an angle change. Along the way single layer, layered, and interlocked along with going from a simple 4 division up to 16 divisions.
From this lesson I learned or improved:
1) My tension is more even
2) More accuracy in spacing each stitch so my points end at the same distance from the obi
Now that I completed lesson 6, I am half way through the course work for the Level 1 Basic (Honka) Certification and I am moving into new territory which is exciting.
At the beginning of the month, I was about to start lesson 6 of my training for the Level 1 Basic (Honka) Certification but instead I took a break to participate in a stitch-a-long.
What is a temari stitch-a-long? It is when a temari is made following the instructions, for the pattern, provided by the leader over several weeks. In this case the pattern was from a Temari book that is from Japan, and in Japanese, which our leader was able interpret into English. The first instruction was about making the mari - what size so the design would fit and how to select colors for the design. The second instruction set, and the second week, was how to mark the mari for the design and adding the obi. The third instruction set told us how to wind the major portion of the design, as this was not stitched temari but a wound one. We had two weeks to finish this part since the amount of winding and layers was quite a bit. The last and final instructions were about finishing the the Temari.
When I saw the images of the temari for the stitch-a-long, I knew I wanted to do it and so I made TWO mari and selected two different color themes. I had to start them both over since I was winding the the wrong direction and then when I was almost done with the second temari I found 2 bad mistakes - the layering was wrong and missed sections, I undid ALL the wrapping to start over. That alone took an entire Saturday.
Here are my process pictures, all 25 of them hope you enjoy seeing them being made.
I have completed Lesson 5 which is spindles, the almond shaped stitching you see on the temari below.
I am now seeing the method to lesson plans, as learning to stitch even squares and stars is a lead in to spindles. For all three of these shapes, if your tension is too tight the stitches will pop up and onto the inner threads that were previously laid down and and with spindles it is even more apparent. You can really see this in the third temari; I was not having a good week at work and I transferring my mood to the temari.
The other part of this lesson dealt with layering the threads which is not interweaving which you can see on the 1st and 4th temari. Layering is done, most of the time, with a separate needle and thread for each color being layered. So for the 3rd and 5th temari I was working with 2 needles and for the 6th I was working with 3 needles
The last 3 temari are of course the bonus rounds I did for extra practice and the last one combines Squares and Spindles.
What I learned in this lesson:
1) Keep measuring your spindle point distance from the obi, to make sure they are the same length
2) Don't pull the threads too tight or your excess tension will cause the threads to bunch up and not lay flat
3) Be one with the Temari!
Over the next few days I will be working on a temari for a stitch along from the Temari Kai community I belong to. The temari is a wrapped and interweave pattern from a Japanese pattern book I do not have making it a fun challenge.
Laurie lives in central Texas with Erich a.k.a. "the shop elf"- her hubby of 30 years and Cowboy Boots, the cat; her metals studio including 100+ hammers and 300+ chasing tools; her sewing studio which has two sewing machines, a closet filled with fabric, hundreds of skeins of floss in many materials, and Mrs. King the dress dummy; two weaving looms, assorted knitting needles, tubs of yarn; lots of books; plus a plethora of geeky tech gadgets and more.