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by Mr X on 24 May 2015

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I wrote about Robin McCarthy’s hand embroideries in the latest issue of @fiberartnow magazine. This piece is called Leap of Faith. #mrxstitch via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/1HCMB9d Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstgram #mrxstitch

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Nuido It Yourself - Japanese Embroidery with Madeline Scharpf

 

 

Mataro Kimekomi Doll and Temari

Mataro Kimekomi Doll and Temari

 

 

Here at Mr. X, we love our balls. He even gave us another Temari Tuesday shout out on Facebook to beautiful balls everywhere. If you’re on Pinterest then be sure to peek at our Temari board dedicated to balls you can play with, hold and caress, even in public!

 

All the balls!

All the balls!

 

‘Every ball is sacred. Every ball is good. Every ball is needed, in your neighborhood.’

Let’s move along to Kimekomi. That’s right, more balls. Kimekomi is different from Temari because the base is solid and Temari usually have bells or other sound-makers inside. Kimekomi can be made from wood composite or sturdy foam. We see them used as ornaments, mostly. The other difference is, Kimekomi uses fabric inlays instead of stitched thread.

 

Makin' it happen

Makin’ it happen

 

The complexity of your Kimekomi ball depends entirely on the artist. They can be traditional and delicate or you can make a hundred as Christmas decorations. To make one you need a wood composite, Dylite or Styrofoam ball. Mark the lines. Carve them in. Cut fabric pieces. Tuck fabric into grooves. Glue trim over joints. You can find a more detailed tutorial here.

 

darkrosetreasures.blogspot.com

darkrosetreasures.blogspot.com

 

uber traditional

uber traditional

 

It is believed that the first Kimekomi doll was made by Tadashige Takahashi who served at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan in the early 1700’s. Near the Kamo rivier, he dug some shallow lines in a piece of willow tree and inlayed the cloth to create his first doll. After which, he mastered the technique and passed the art-form down to his grandson who created Daihachi dolls.

 

Classic Kimekomi doll

Classic Kimekomi doll

 

Kimekomi dolls come in many varieties, each with their specific use. Hina dolls often depict the Imperial court and are given to girls and displayed on “Girls Day”, March 3rd. Also called Hinamatsuri, it is a celebration for girls to have a healthy life and happy marriage. The dolls are charms agains evil but their protection finishes when the girl becomes an adult. Similarly, there is “Boy’s Day” which falls on May 5th. Although the Japanese government re-named the festival, “Children’s Day”, “Girls Day” still maintains it’s own, unique rituals.

 

Gogatsu Doll

Gogatsu Doll

 

Other common Kimekomi dolls are in the shape of animals, often from the Chinese Zodiac.

 

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Feel like making your own Kimekomi doll? We’ll you’re in luck. World renowned Master Mataro has kits available on his website. The equally fabulous Juho Tougei has a huge variety of kits, fabric, tools and tutorials on his website. He warns you not to pop in at his physical location in Japan unless you speak Japanese because his staff doesn’t speak English. Any questions, he’s happy if you e-mail him directly.

 

See these great balls on Pinterest.

See these great balls on Pinterest.

 

Don’t forget to check out our Kimekomi board on Pinterest too!

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Madeline Scharpf

When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is making things and staying sunny in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects and find her travel blog at www.madelinewonderland.com

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by Mr X on 23 May 2015

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An upbeat bit of swearing for this NSFW Saturday from @disobedientchild #regram
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Yes you are. Now in my Etsy shop #embroidery #affirmation #rainbow #empowerment #fuckingsuperstar #mrxstitch via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/1em2N1S Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstgram #mrxstitch

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by Mr X on 22 May 2015

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They never mentioned embroidery in the Spider Woman comics! #mrxstitch via The Mr X Stitch official Instagram http://ift.tt/1ekHH3X Follow us on http://ift.tt/1GckNXo and @mrxstitch you pics to share your stitchy ‘grams with us! #xstitchersofinstgram #mrxstitch

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