- Temari Made: 31 (+5)
- Books Read: 30 (+3)
- Pounds Lost: 18 (-3)
- Working From Home: 5 months (+1)
My August Pandemic Stats:
As a child I learned embroidery, crewel work (embroidery with wool) and to sew which I really enjoy. As I got older I learned and became quite good at quilting while still sewing clothing.
And with a love of fiber, I learned to knit, spin (but not really enjoy) and weave. I can weave rugs or "fabric" to then use as the basis of a garment.
Along the way I have collected many things - Fraternal Organization pins, Scandinavian Enameled Jewelry, early 1900 chain maille purses used by the flappers as well as collecting gems and minerals. Along the way I learned how to "cut" a cabochon and eventually how to set them in metal of copper, brass, silver or gold (very rarely) and then how to make jewelry, raise vessels, and do chasing and repousse.
10 years ago I started learning about Japanese Temari and Yubinuki.
I have plethora of books covering all of these subjects.
With the pandemic and being home for 170+ days I have been looking at all I do and I have come to the conclusion that I need to simplify my life
Let's start with the sewing. I have a good sewing machine which is big and bulky and a smaller machine which is good for workshops. I don't do a lot of workshops these days so I think it is time to sell the portable machine.
I had/have 3 looms - a rigid heddle, a 8 shaft 30" wide table loom and a large 8 shaft 40+ inch wide floor loom. At one point I also had a 4 shaft folding floor loom which I sold to my friend Yuko when she returned to Japan plus a 16 shaft table loom which has also been sold. Recently the rigid heddle loom has been sold and the 8 shaft table loom will be traded/sold this weekend. I want a small portable loom for sampling so I don't have to setup the big floor loom and I settled on the Ashford Katy Loom which has a 12" wide weaving width and is 8 shafts plus it folds. I put the table loom up for sale and found someone who wants to buy it and she mentioned that she had a Katy which she thinks is too small. I suggested a trade and she went for it.
Some of the knitting, quilting, and other books will also go.
Some of the antiques I have collected over the years will also be sold.
It all comes down to do I need this stuff anymore?
This lesson's topic was interlocking shapes and getting consistent shapes too. The first patter to be completed was Puzzle Pieces on page 151 of Temari Techniques; it is a C10 with interlocked pentagons and diamonds. Then we were to do another few temari from a suggested list. I went rouge and decided to make a series of temari based upon the first one using other divisions. I then did a C6 with squares and triangles, a C8 with squares and diamonds, and a 20 face mari made from a S12 that had pentagons, hexagons, and diamonds. All 4 mari used similar colors and they all varied in size.
Then I did a fun bonus round, and interlocking all over design. For this last one I did not use Perle Cotton but threads from the Japanese assortment I bought earlier in the year. I included many process shots so you can see how the final design is the result of layering the stitching
I noticed that I have now been home, due to the pandemic, for 120 days. I have left the house a few times for minor trips to do the grocery shopping, lab work required by the doctor, and one trip to work to pickup some notes I left behind under the assumption it would only be a week - HA!
I did an assessment of what has been accomplished - not cleaning the house or taking walks; but lots of lines of code for the day job, books and temari.
You can go read about the temari in other blog posts so I thought I would like the books I have read, so far. I have averaged about one per week and I leave it to you to go look them up. Many are series and they can be out of order
Lesson 8 is continuous path stitching which is a follow on to the Flax Leaf from lesson 7. Lesson 9 is for stitching a thimble ring pattern (a.k.a yubinuki) for the obi. And I finished lesson 8 and then just went into lesson 9 as that was what I have been waiting to do for a year when I first learned this was a required technique - because I also stitch actual yubinuki thimble rings!!
So first up are pictures of the temari the continuous stitching which I will admit I rushed through and my teach pointed out that my stitching accuracy was not as good soooooo, it would be best if I did one of the two temari over. Which I did this past week.
For lesson 9, yubinuki obi, there was only 1 temari to stitch but I decided to do an extra temari as a bonus round. The stitching of the edge of yubinuki is different for a temari obi than it is for an actual yubinuki. Because of this, I started a practice temari to work on the edge stitch. I was almost done when I then set it aside as my stitches were finally consistent in tension, spacing and level at the top and bottom. I then started the temari again but I worked slowly and carefully and it came it really well. Then I did a bonus temari with a similar pattern but different colors.
I have sent everything off for review and I will start Lesson 10 sometime this week
This week I started to work on the last pattern write up that is required as part of the certification. A few weeks ago I was looking for something to stitch and write up and it had to be a C10 design. I looked through my books for inspiration and I came across a pattern with a stitch I had not seen before. It is a actually called a reverse kiku (herringbone) on a triangle shape. I have since fallen in love with this stitch. For a C10, I stitched it on the 6-part triangles and which framed the pentagon. I used 5 different shades of green and worked to have each of the 5 greens only once around the pentagon. I then chose 6 shades of blue and stitched a kiku in the pentagon and, again, worked the blues so the adjacent pentagons all were different shades.
I am now planning another temari with nothing but reverse kikus!
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.
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.