Then for the 2 weeks I have been working on the third Temari Lesson - Squares.
I have done squares before but not in a long time and my first square, which I did for practice, for this lesson was bad - it wan't even a parallelogram, it was more like a really bad trapezoid. I ended up doing two more practice squares on a mini-mari just to ensure I was working it correctly.
For the actual lesson, I had to make two temari: Square Dance (black mari) and Six Solid Squares (white mari) and of course I did a bonus temari (green mari). The bonus temari is based upon the pattern called Rose Garden which is usually done in pinks, reds, and yellows but I don't like pinks so I did it in greens and I call mine Spruce Woods.
What I learned from this lesson:
- Don't work on very complex temari when you are tired you will make mistakes.
- IF the square is getting "out of square" pull out the stitches right away and do it over NOW because trying to fix it while stitching can just make it worse.
- Don't use the grip of death when holding the mari - your hands will hurt the next day.
- Put the threads back in their numbered slots immediately after cutting a length otherwise you will spend hours sorting all the thread colors, again!