These are the last two Temari for the January TIF.
Purple ball is interlocking squares worked around the equator. As the rounds that are stitched a secondary design motif is developed, the diamond. I did not keep track of the Coats and Clark sewing thread. This ball was marked with a S8 using #5 DMC pearl cotton: cream #822, these markings will later be incorporated in the straight stitch fillings. Pins were placed as starting points halfway between the EQ and NP and halfway between the EQ and SP on four of the 8 marking threads. All the squares will be stitched in a herringbone stitch around the four guidelines; all of one round is stitched before the next is begun. Step 1 is 3 rounds of herringbone using #5 DMC pearl cotton: dk green #924. complete all four motifs. Step 2 is 3 rounds of herringbone using Caron Watercolours: Amethyst #06. NOTE: I manipulated the overdye by pulling 2 strands to complete Step 2. Step 3 is 3 rounds of herringbone using #5 DMC pearl cotton: dk purple #794. Step 4 is another 3 rounds of herringbone using Caron Watercolours: Amethyst #06. Step 5 is 3 rounds of herringbone using #5 DMC pearl cotton: dk green #934. Step 6 was to outline each square in herringbone using Kreinik #12 braid: #5002. In each of the open areas I stitched straight stitches between the marking lines that were already on the ball using #5 DMC pearl cotton: cream 822. Between the cream stitches I stitched straight stitches with Kreinik #12 braid: #5002 and anchored the centers with small anchor stitches.
The last ball was a dark green Temari that I had wrapped some time ago and all the threads used in this ball were from my stash and many are unmarked. The Complex 8 guidelines were wrapped with a gold thread, I think it is similar to Candlelight, it is a thin but rough thread. All the motifs are silk ribbon threads, many came from a class taken years ago. This is a non traditional temari ball but it reminds me very much of two women I admire very much: my Grandmother Gordon and her sister, my Aunt Rose. Both had a love of flowers and both had very nice flower gardens.
The colors for this month’s challenge also reminded me of these ladies also; both of them loved purple and green. I have really enjoyed the January challenge and am looking forward to February.