Oggi Temari Ball, embroidered ball; traditional Japanese folk art
Oggi Temari Ball
Green embroidered ball stitched with simple green, yellow, and orange mandalas
Temari balls and fine handknits by India Tresselt. www.yarndancevt.com This listing on Artizan Made links over to my shop on Etsy. You will be able to see what I have in stock there.
This 3.5″-diameter temari ball, wrapped with green thread and embroidered in vibrant mandalas in shades of green and orange, with green metallic accents, comes with a story. The ball is worked in colors reminiscent of a bright paisley dress my mother bought at a funky little boutique called Oggi, sometime in the 1960s. I still have that dress, and though it is far to orange and a bit too big for me to wear, it helps me remember my mother. I have been gilding the lily–embroidering the paisleys with even more colors. I used the dress for the display photographs of the Oggi temari ball.
Materials: foam ball wrapped with fine wool and then thread, embroidered with metallic thread and perle cotton
Dimensions: approximately 3.5″ diameter
Temari balls are lovely alone or in a grouping, displayed in a basket or bowl, or they may be hung. The Oggi temari ball comes with a hanging loop.
Temari balls originated in China and were brought to Japan around 600 ad. Originally made from salvaged silk scraps and threads unraveled from discarded kimonos, temari balls were first used as children’s toys. Later, as less expensive cotton stuffing and cotton yarns and threads became more widely available, the popularity of temari spread, and gradually they evolved into elegant decorations and ornaments. Elaborate, colorful patterns illustrating local customs or derived from nature developed, including flowers, pine needles, streams, shooting stars, fireworks, ocean waves, and fishing nets. Complex geometric designs of interlocking squares, triangles, diamonds, and pentagons are also popular. Today, a temari ball is considered a very special gift, to be presented on an auspicious occasion to a beloved friend or family member.
My temari balls are informed and inspired by traditional designs, but my use of traditional elements combined with my own color and design sense and innovations make each of my temari balls an original, unique work of art.
I am a fiber artist from the Champlain Valley of northwestern Vermont. Knitting, temari balls, embroidery, color, and fiber are my passions. My work may also be found on my website, on Facebook, and on Instagram.
Handmade original temari balls and fine handknit accessories