We have a Japanese Temari Ball Club that meets at Always Quilting each month. What is a Temari Ball you ask? It is a thread embroidery ball that was originally used as a hand ball toy for children. The balls are made with rice hulls in the center, and thread-wrapped to create a circle. They are then stitched in sections with very simple or very elaborate designs. The cool thing is that you can make a very nice Temari Ball in one day!
This book by Temari expert Barb Suess introduces you to beautiful Temari Balls that are easy to stitch on the go. I have taken my Temari Balls to stitch while I wait to pick up kids from music lessons, soccer practice, and more. The bright colors and intricate designs make these traditional Japanese Temari Balls a treat for the eyes! This is a great book for beginners to start with, and provides enough challenge and variety of the designs for the intermediate and advanced Temari Ball makers as well. To purchase the Temari book, click here. To purchase the Temari Techniques book, another great book by Barb Suess, click here.
The Temari club meets on the 4th Saturday of the month, except during the holiday season when it is the 3rd Saturday - so they will be meeting this month on Saturday, December 17th. Click here to register for the club. It is FREE to come and visit! After the first of the year, we will have another beginning class so let us know if you'd like to try it out! We'd love to have you stop by and see what the group is making, and hope you can join us sometime!