This lesson is for the Rose (Bara) design, this design was first introduced in Lesson 3 of the Level 1 Certification. This time the design is not only done on a simple division (first temari) but with a combination 8 division (second temari) which mean that the size has to be consistent on all 6 areas where the design is stitched. The third temari was "student" choice so I stitched it on a simple 10 so there were 5 sides on each layer and designed as I went; yes I did some un-sewing but it was fun to see what worked and what did not such that what resulted was a pleasant design.
I have now begun working on my Level 2 certification. This level is called Koutouka Shuuryou which means "Higher Course" but I call it Advanced Beginner or Intermediate because the skills focus on temari stitching:
I have now completed the first lesson which is the Descending Herringbone. This technique requires close stitching and you are taking the stitch below and next to the prior stitches so you have to keep the stitches a bit loose so you can lift the threads to get as close as possible. The first temari has the added complexity of the thread being doubled thus care must be taken to keep the 2 threads flat and not twisted.
Laurie lives in central Texas with Erich, a.k.a. "the shop elf", her hubby of 35+ years and Cowboy Boots, the cat; her metals studio including 100+ hammers and 300+ chasing tools; her sewing studio which has a sewing machine, a closet filled with fabric, hundreds of skeins of embroidery floss and perle cotton, silk and other 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, computers, and more.