Temari Japanese Traditional Embroidered Thread Balls

Kiev, Ukraine · 5 Sales


Temari Japanese Traditional Embroidered Thread Balls

Kiev, Ukraine 5 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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A WIP photo of violet temari while the marking threads were still on. So sad that they had to be removed to form a perfect swirl design


Traditional Craft with Meaning

From the early childhood embroidery was my passion. I've started with satin stitch embroidery, tried cross stitching and at some point of time I've found myself completely captivated by the diversity of different kinds of embroidery.

Reading about some rare kinds of embroidery, I came across an unfamiliar and interesting word "temari". This was the beginning of a long story full of love and unexpected discoveries.
What is it?
Temari are unique thread-wrapped spheres embroidered with intricate patters. Once they were made as children' toys. Upper-class women embroidered them with silk competing with each other whose temari will be more beautiful. In the course of time temari became unique and beautiful memorable gift, a source of inspiration and admiration.
How is it made?
Making of a temari, just like years and years before takes some time and patience. You start carefully wrapping a yarn core to form a sphere and then cover it with sewing thread. This is the beginning of a temari. Sometimes I put a bell in temari core so, when completed, it delicately rings.
After the base is ready, I mark it with thread, choose the motif and the colors and start embroidering.
The philosophy
Temari as a characteristic object of Japanese culture is full of meaning, so I carefully choose the colors and the patterns to create not only an interesting thing for home decor but truly an art object with its own history and meaning.

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Last updated on Aug 31, 2016
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- Shipping within 1-3 business days after purchase via UkrPost registered airmail, from Ukraine (UA), Eastern Europe, if item is a finished product.

If I made it to order, it can take up to 10 working days. I always keep you informed about the status of your order.

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- Delivery usually takes 10-14 days, but in rare cases can run to 24 days (depending on destination and holydays).

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Care instructions

Your temari do not need any particular care. Just remove dust from time to time if they are displayed in an open room. Wipe each ball with clean dry rag or blow it with a can of compressed air.