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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Etsy Time!

I have been very active on Etsy these days! It is quite the time warp! I love browsing on Etsy. It is such an opportunity to be able to sell my crafts on-line especially with a built in community of buyers.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Visit my Etsy Shop!

Well I have been distracted in all sorts of new directions lately.  Though I wasn't blogging, I have been fully engaged in craft therapy.  Hundreds of temaris were created out of the time spent in small spaces, when my daughter was so weak for so long.

Nowadays, we are out and about and living again! So I needed to find a more mobile craft.  I have been feverishly crocheting since January and will be launching Etsy listings for crochet items soon.  And hey, let's create a unique listing for an item custom designed for you. Kanzashi or Temari Ball.

I have been creating dozens of kanzashi!  I am listing them on Etsy frequently.  Macro Nature Photography prints can be found there too.  I can create a listing for a print of any photo you see. Love that denim temari ball with the rust kikus on the wood stump?  Buy a print.  Such texture and color and wonder.

Or perhaps you love a certain design on a temari but desire a different color? Contact me, we can do a back and forth brainstorm, set up the listing and I will custom create the temari within one week of purchase. Choose your size; choose your price.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Where have I been?

I have taken a hiatus to take myself to Craft University.

Okay, so with a combination of books, the internet, and friends, I have taught myself new crafts.

I still have hundreds of Japanese Temari Balls, several at listed on Etsy, and I am working on listing more for sale.

I have been improving and perfecting my Tsumami Kanzashi skills.  I am in the process of photographing and listing the 50 new kanzashi I have created!

Oh, and there is something else...

Since January 2012, I have been learning to crochet!  I LOVE crochet!!!  I am as obsessed with crochet as I have ever been with Temari.

I will begin to sell crochet on Etsy and at my craft booth.

My first item for sale will be SUSHI!!!!!

I have already sold out of all the sushi I have made and am working on more.

Here's a sneak peak!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

What is Tsumami Kanzashi?

Tsumami Kanzashi is the Japanese technique of fabric folding that creates beautiful fabric flowers like those worn by geisha.  The term translates more literally into fabric pinching.

One of my temari balls on Etsy was included in a treasury along with a kanzashi flower artist.  I was instantly captivated.  I began to research how to make the kanzashi.  A background in origami was extremely useful in picking up the technique quickly.

I received fabric scraps of mostly vintage fabrics from a quilting group.  With those fabrics and some vintage buttons and beads I created a collection of hairclips.
Visit my Etsy store!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How do you make them?

The number one question that people ask me is how do I make a temari ball?  Even after I describe the process, they will say "so you start with a ball, right?"

Just as temari began hundreds of years ago as a recycling craft, I recycle materials when I begin to make each one.  

The smallest temari begin with scraps of thread that I save as I work.  I wrap these with a cut scrap of fabric.  I then wrap that scrap of fabric with yarn, getting progressively tighter.  The trick is to keep the ball in constant motion which makes teeny temari especially difficult because my own fingers get in the way.

For larger temari, I fill on old sock with a number of recycled or repurposed goods.  Lately I have lots of small fabric scraps that are generated as I construct my kanzashi hairclips.  I will often use dyer lint.  This makes for a very lightweight temari that can be hung on a Christmas tree.  In the past I have used heavier items such as rice, lentils and birdseed.  Again, these are then wrapped in yarn.  I like make use of the yarn scraps generated by people who knit.  Often when a project is complete there is a little left over, too small to use.  Give them to me!  The yarn layer is completely hidden so the color, style, length do not matter in the construction of the temari.

The yarn wrap is then wrapped in sewing thread.  I love the vibrant and rich colors of sewing thread I have been able to acquire.  These are the foundation for each colorful ball.

Next, the ball is divided mathematically.  I identify a North pole and at half the circumference of the ball, establish the South pole. Divide that number in half, and identify the equator of the ball.  From there, I decide on the number of divisions for that ball.  Next I apply the guidethreads at the established divisions.

I then stitch the designs based on the guidethreads.  Many of the patterns are traditional Japanese designs that have evolved over 100s of years of temari construction.  Others are original designs.

Each ball is colorful and capitvating.  I encourage people to pick them up.  There is something soothing and special about each orb.

The top pic is an origami box filled with scrap thread and fabric that I collect while I work. These will become the centers of new temari. 

The lower pic is an array of the materials used on "Mari Day" when I construct the balls in batches prior to dividing them and stitching on them.  

Stitching each one is a meditation, like making a mandala.