Temari Ball Instructions with photos, Overall swirl pattern

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Intricately embroidered temari balls are a traditional Japanese craft. They were originally made by mothers as play balls for their children. Now they are often created as gifts for special occasions. They make lovely Christmas tree ornaments. With one easy stitch you can stitch a lovely overall swirl pattern temari ball. These instructions outline each step of the process, from making a bag for the rice hulls to finishing the embroidery, with clear, easy-to-follow photographs. A complete list of supplies and helpful hints is included.

Begin by making a traditional Japanese temari ball base filled with rice hulls and wrapped with many layers of yarn and thread, so it has some give and weight. Mark it with dividing lines to make a C14 base. Lastly, fill in the diamonds and hexagons on the base with the easy and lovely swirl stitch to create a special heirloom temari ball. This pattern is also called the "twist" pattern.

These balls start with a bag of rice hulls. I sell them if you need one.


If you would like a marked base for your first ball. I sell them also.