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.