Temari is a Japanese toy; art form, and craft. It is a type of embroidery that is done on the surface of a thread ball. Per Wikipedia: Temari (手まり) balls are a folk art form and Japanese craft that originated in China and was introduced to Japan around the 7th century A.D. "Temari" means "hand ball" in Japanese. Balls made from embroidery may be used in handball games.
I don't remember when I was exposed to it; my father had a business associate from Japan, Dr. Nakahara, and I know he and his wife came to our house but I don't remember a Temari ball then; but from there I did develop a fascination with Japan and their various art forms and crafts.
Fast forward to the 2000's and I was sewing kimono jackets from pieces of recycled kimono's; I was sewing quilts with Japanese themed fabrics, as well as Sashiko stitching.
In 2006 I saw a basic class on Temari being given in Orange County, California. I not only took that class but 5 more over the next year. My first balls were rather bad (see below) but I got better, bought books from Amazon and well as Amazon Japan and even thought about getting certified by the Japan Temari Association.
In 2009 I started to work in metals and Temari fell off my radar.
Not any more. Since I am taking a break from metals at the moment, I picked up Temari again and decided to work on the at least the first two certification levels (there are 4) as this will also improve my skills and knowledge. I am doing this by doing a course with Barbara Suess who has achieved the top level of certification, Kyoujyu (Master, Level 4) in 2015. The course I am starting with is Level 1 Part 1 and it is a correspondence course via email with the course material delivered via a USB stick, which should be in my snail mail postal box early next week. There are two courses for the Level 1 certification and 2 parts to the Level 2 certification.
Then to add icing to the cake, I am going to the John C. Campbell Folk School in October for 5 solid days of Temari work, again with Barb.
Now for the eye candy! They are in some sort of order oldest first and the newest last.