Domestitchery – Temari

Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.

One go-to objet in basic interior decorating is what I call “Container of Spheres” and everywhere from large chain stores to local boutiques to furniture stores of all sizes sell these spheres which are made of everything from rattan to wood to glass, but often they’re mass-produced and basically just fill a space with a pleasing size and shape. How can it be that I only just discovered temari, Japanese embroidered balls with a long, fascinating history? These are actual art pieces that could comprise one’s container of spheres! If you search “temari” on Flickr you’ll come up with seemingly endless patterns in just about any combination of colors.

A delicate, lacy Oliver Twist temari by Alien Ted.

This graphic patterned Brown Temari V by Rali=} which is part of a set made for her parents.

Peeking Lotus 1 by Osanka is a lovely abstraction of nature.

Even figurative work like wklager‘s St. Uhro’s Day Grasshopper.

Of course, etsy is a great source to start your collection! There are designs and colors for every taste and style. Like Suzik‘s Atomic Rattling Temari Ball…

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Featured image, corset lacing, Suzanne Treacy

or Julie and Co.‘s Wildflowers with Jingle Bell.

I really encourage people to click through to see the vast variety of styles that each artist makes. Temari seem like a wonderful way to collect art, decorate your space and give gifts. If you’re so inspired that you want to make them there are so many ways to get started! There are tutorials and patterns available at very reasonable prices on etsy as well as temari bases. And author Barb Suess provides free instructions and sells books, kits, and supplies on her website dedicated to Japanese Temari.

TheMistressT is a scumbler and plastrix by day and a craft dabbler by night. Her mottoes include “any excuse for a costume” and “there’s no such thing as too much carpincho.”

View Comments (8)
  • This is an awesome post! Such a variety – thanks for putting them all together. 🙂

    Also – I didn’t make a joke about balls! Aren’t you proud?

  • I really hope people click around and see just how many styles and interpretations of temari there are. It was so hard to choose which ones to feature, because there are so many amazing temari out there!

  • I just borrowed a book from the library on how to do this… I really want to try it for myself! These are all so gorgeous and inspiring. I’m definitely going to look into them!

  • I’m all atwitter and in love.
    Someone must make one for Jamie that looks like Annie…with Sandy peeking over her shoulder.
    Good sleuthing, T.

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