Monday, June 4, 2012

Temari Balls by Jane

I really enjoyed this subject as I knew I was going to sashiko stitch the temari ball.
The Japanese temari ball became popular in the Edo period. Children would play tossing and juggling games with them and as they played chant rhymes. The introduction of the bouncing rubber ball sent the temari ball for play into decline. They are now given as a special gift for the birth of a child or for someone very specilal.
They have become small works of art rather than toys. I have made a few which were exciting to make using the bright and contrasting threads and to see the patterns evolve...much easier than they look!

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