Lesson 7 is about a stitching pattern called Flax Leaf. It is used to fill the shapes created from the division marking lines. It can be done with simple markings (first pictures) or complex (second picture is a C8). A pine needle design is stitched and then the ends of the pine needles are stitched to the outer shape.
As I have said in other posts, this level of certification requires me to write up 6 patterns.
And I have completed my fifth pattern; a C8 based upon a pattern done by a FB friend in the temari group I belong to. She did this for a family member and after she posted the pictures, someone else in the group asked about the pattern and there wasn't one so I wrote it up. The diagram took 3 tries in Adobe Illustrator so it looked correct and conveyed the correct information. Then the write up took 4 versions to edit it down to one page per the JTA requirements.
This pattern is called Stained Glass Roses.
This lesson covered (literally) all over designs. These two temari are the same patter but when stitched with different colors, they look very different. They are both marked as a C10 and then continuous starss are stitched around/over the pentagons.
I joined the New Braunfels Art League several months ago as a general member and not as a displaying member. A displaying member is juried into the gallery which means your work is always on display but you must also volunteer for 8 hours each month. Now; if those hours were in the gallery it would be an issue for me, right now because I still have a day job. I have yet to find out if I could do those hours in some other way like working on the website or social media? Being a general member means I can put my work in Gallery Shows (for sale) and I only have to volunteer a few hours, during the show which would be easier for me.
Well, last month, the art League posted that they were having a small show in June to raise funds since the gallery had been closed due to the pandemic PLUS general member did not have to work the show! I downloaded the show info and found that I can submit 3 pieces of work; time to plan the Temari I would need to stitch!
The first one I selected is one of my favorites the Rainbow Ribbons on a C8; then the Wishing Papers on a S6 and lastly the Fall Leaves on a C8. I had three weeks to get them ready which meant doing one per week; and I had to take my time so I could avoid mistakes or redo one if it did not turn out well.
I finished early this week which gave me a few days of breathing room.
I will take them to the gallery next week and each Temari will be sold with a base for it to sit on, along with a info sheet on what is a Temari as I figure that most people around these parts won't know what they are. The info sheet will also cover how care for it and that it is NOT a toy.
This lesson was about symmetry when wrapping and stitching and keeping it all in order. If you notice in the pictures below the temari are all either C8's or C10's and all have some type of OVER/UNDER layering going on. The hard part is keeping all the over/under order correct and that 2 over's or 2 under's don't end up next to each other.
The first band is easy as there are no other wrapped band thus nothing to worry about. The second band will cross the first band twice. You cant just arbitrarily go over or under because when you wrap the other bands, you can get the ordering all out of wack. What I do is take a few pins - white and black and where it will "cross" a band I will put a white pin for go over and a black for go under; then when I am done I really only have to pay attention to the pins that are at an actual wound band and afterwards, I remove all the pins and move to the next band, determine what pin to place and then winding it making sure the over's and under's are correct.
Trust me, you make the same mistake 3 times, you learn!
Next up is another bonus temari and a pattern.
For Level 2 certification, not only do you have to submit 10 temari but you have to submit 6 patterns - 3 each on C8 and C10 divided mari. As I have said in other posts, the patterns do not have to be original.
When writing up a pattern it must include a picture of the temari and a line drawing and written directions. The directions do not have to be highly detailed as if it was for a beginner. But you have to give the mari size, the type of marking, number of threads for stitching, with generic color names, and enough information to stitch it such as where to place pins and what type of stitches or wraps.
Since the course work is 12 lessons and I have to have 6 patterns, I decided that after every even numbered lesson I would do a pattern. This week, I finished my second pattern which was based upon a picture I saw stitched by another temari friend.
Here are pictures and the line drawings of the two completed so far. The first pattern is Rainbow Ribbons on a C8 and the second is Diamonds and Triangles on a C10.
Update: Between writing this post last weel and then actually posting it, today I wrote a third pattern. It is also a wrapped bands pattern, but on a C8. This one has a bit more info to assist in getting the over/under order correct.
This lesson is about temari with kiku designs on combination divisions. Combination divisions are when more division lines are added to make more centers of the same starting value, symmetrically arranged around the ball. The most common combination divisions are the C8 and C10 but there is also a C6 and a double C8 and even though it is not considered a combination division, a S4 with an obi (equator) is a C4.
C10 marked maris have pentagons, diamonds and triangle shapes formed with the division lines. C8 marked mari have squares, triangles and diamond shapes; and C6 marked mari have squares and triangles
I started this lesson at the beginning of March and then I went to Mesa, AZ for a metal/patina workshop.
I worked on the first temari, Blue Poppies on a C10. A good way into it I knew it was a massive fail. The measurements were not consistent from center to center and the more I looked at the mari I could see it was not really round. So I set it aside and started over.
Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and in someways my life bordered on chaos. It wasn't until the end of March that I even felt like doing any stitching but I did finish it. Though I like how it looks I doubt I will stitch this pattern again for a very very long time.
Then at the start of April I started the second temari, Emerald Isle pattern in the lesson which is stitched on a C8. This was easier but I found it boring. I finished it in the second week.
But they are both completed. Next up is writing another pattern as I have to submit 6 as part of my certification work; luckily they do not have to be original patterns!
Last weekend I went to Mesa for a workshop on Patinas. I spent most of it in the studio working but here are some photos of what else I saw; the metal vessels are by David, who taught the workshop.
Bunny Bravehart came along, of course, but spent most of the time in his pocket so he would not get burned.
After finishing Lesson 3, I decided to make this wrapped and woven temari as it had been on my to do list since the start of the year. This took me over a week of evenings, while watching the TV, as the instructions provided did not match up to the pictures provided which resulted in me having to once again UN-wrap various steps and do them over. I also wrote my own instructions so I have them for the future.
Here are my process pictures, which start at the weaving part. There is also a small video at the bottom showing the completed Temari.
This lesson was fun but at times a bit confusing or frustrating. Wrapped designs by themselves are not that difficult but when you are weaving the bands over and under it can get messy with the threads either hanging off the ball while another color is being worked OR getting everything in the correct order; if not then there can be quite a lot of UN-wrapping.
I have done wrapped designs before and I have even come up with a few on my own but the patterns for this lesson were let's just say minimal in the written instructions. I get it, this is the next level of certification so you should be able to look at a diagram or picture and have an idea of what to do, which I did for the first 2 temari. it was the third temari that was difficult.
As you can see the first 2 temari are wrapped with a single thread of pearl cotton. The colors alternate on opposites so this requires either one long thread to hang off the mari while winding or to have multiple starts and stops. Each thread color is wrapped around the mari once and then the other color is wrapped so there was no weaving but keeping the order and direction being wrapped is important so the over/under's are correct.
The third temari was the most difficult. This is made with 6 strand floss NOT pearl cotton. The floss has to be separated and de-twisted from the hank so all the threads lay parallel to each other. Luckily I saw this ball when I went to the John C. Campbell Folk School in 2018 (sorry no post) and I was given pointers on how to de-tangle the skein and also how to wind the 6 threads onto the mari at the same time. I had the first black section wound and the dark blue and had started the second black when I realized I was winding it wrong; I had to unwind the black keeping all 6 threads from getting tangled and then I unwound the blue. I was able to keep all the threads attached to the mari so I could then rewind the blue and then resume the black. I went slow and finally was able to finish it with no other winding mistakes.
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 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 and more.