Sunday, October 23, 2011

Beadturtle celebrating ITAD by....

making teeny temari key rings. So cute! Click over to see them.

In Fremantle celebrating ITAD by....

Shirley sent me this note about her ITAD activity.

As you noted we have had a cool cloudy day and I wanted to make temari outside also, but made a pact with myself. If I planted out all the pots that have been waiting for such a time as this with showers forecast   for several days, then I could spend the remainder of the day finishing off the HHG path that I have been working on. It has been done. I have had a thorough wash, (no dirty hands on my temari!) and I am about to sit down and enjoy playing with the threads. I am ready for a rest!!

Cool, love the colours you chose to use on these ones! Perhaps you also have some future temari inspiration growing in your pots too. 

PS see you next week :)

In Russia celebrating ITAD by....

adding to your online albums.

Inspired by International Temari Appreciation Day this image called Temari Galaxy was added to Ssvetik's Flickr album this week.

What an awesome picture... perhaps you should submit it for the 2012 Temarikai Calendar.

Thanks for sharing!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

In Kyoto celebrating ITAD by....

Barb Suess sent me this note this week.

I will definitely try to get Kathy and Glenna to stitch in public and give away temari in Kyoto. What fun! Will have my video camera out. Don’t enter me in the competition. I’m just doing it for fun!

Wow celebrating ITAD while in Kyoto! Have an excellent time. Hope we get to see lots of photos when you get back from your holiday.

KJ celebrates ITAD by....

having lunch with my husband at a local Japanese Restaurant where I’ve had my temari balls on display in the past.  The owner is from Edo and loves my temari.  Then, I will put on my favorite music and spend the balance of the day totally immersing myself into stitching temari and reveling in the experience.  

Due to health issues, I haven’t stitched for 4 years, and being able to do so again just thrills me beyond measure.  I can’t change the world, but if I can make just 1 person smile when they see a temari ball, I was able to give them an instant of unexpected happiness.  

Temari lets me bring a little bit of beauty into my corner of the world that I can share with others.

KJ Wilson

Have an AWESOME day KJ and thanks for sharing! Eat a prawn gyoza for me!

Happy International Temari Appreciation Day 2011.

Today is October 22nd! And you know what that means right?

Happy International Temari Appreciation Day. 

I'd like to give thanks to all my temari mentors and friends for sharing your passion of  temari making with me and for guiding, supporting and inspiring me along my own temari journey. I am constantly amazed how our shared love of this wonderful craft has brought so many people together from every corner of the globe.

I find it amazing that a chance encounter with a simply stitched Temari ball at a Steiner School fete several years ago has led to an enduring love of Temari making. I had never before found (and stuck with) a handicraft like I have with this. More amazing is the reality that I had not previously done hand sewing and barely knew the front from the back of the needle. Since that fateful encounter I have stitched on, prepared and wrapped, marked and divided, written patterns or just dreamed and surfed the net about temari for a portion of almost every single day. I even took my temari making supplies when I spent time in hospital.

The weather changed my temari plans for today, in Perth it is cool and overcast to be stitching outdoors.
So instead got out my big stack of temari books and browsed through them. I've looked over my Temari Skills* list and I've planned out some new projects for the coming months. I also wrapped 4 balls in shades of blue (my favourite colour) and read several of my favourite temari related blogs, then spent time working on my temari for a workshop next weekend.

My ITAD temari goal is to make 3 multi-face designs before ITAD 2012. I haven't made a ball with more than 32 centers so I am going to challenge myself to a 42 to start with. For information about multi-face designs see Debi A's temarimathinfo site.

Temari is totally absORBing!

Happy stitching, and enjoy your day! Remember to enter the competition to win a Cosmo Temari book.

*There is a skills checklist made by members of the Temari Challenge group on Yahoo. Not a member? Head over to Yahoo groups and sign up.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Let me think... ok how about an incentive to share your ITAD 2011 story...

Hi Everyone!  I can't quite believe it but there are only 14 days until ITAD 2011.

Scroll down to see competition details

You can celebrate the day by working on your own temari, teaching someone else about temari or maybe even giving some away. Actually there is no end of ways you can celebrate ITAD just let your imagination run wild. Your own celebration can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. Why don't you visit your local Japanese garden (many towns have them) and find a Sunny or shady spot and have a little stitch while reflecting on what you love about temari making, what brought you to it or planning some goals (or projects) for the future.

I think I might spend some time stitching in a local cafe and take along some of my temari (that I am happy to giveaway) and give them to people who show an interest in what I am doing. I also have a 2 day workshop booked for the following weekend 29/30th so that is also part of my plans for celebrating temari day.
Have a think about what you would like to do to celebrate the craft of temari making in your local community.

I'd love to know what you do to celebrate. You can share your story by emailing me at and I'll add it to the ITAD blog (your photos are welcome too.

So here is the incentive to share your celebration.

Send me a short note about your celebration (with or without a photo) and I will randomly select one contributor who will win 1 copy of any volume in the Cosmo Book series. Yes that's right I will give the winner a volume of their choice from the seven books in the Cosmo Book series. 
Never owned a Japanese language temari book? Here is your chance to get your hands on one... Missing one of the series?  Complete your set with a freebie from me.
I'll even post it to you for free. Yay!!!

Small print: Yep there always has to be a bit of small print.

This is a competition of chance not skill.

The one (1) winner will be drawn at random from all the entries received at the linked address above by midnight Australian WST (+8 GMT) on 11 November 2011.

By entering the competition you agree to have your entry appear on the ITAD website. You don't need to write an epic length entry, 100 words or less is more than fine. How much is 100 words? The section of text above highlighted in pink is just under 100 words - actually there are 92 words to be precise.

The prize is one (1) book from the Cosmo Temari book series written by Ozaki Sensei valued at $20AUD. The book is winners choice subject to availability at the Temari Addict Australia webstore. I will also cover the cost of standard postage to your delivery address no matter where you live on our big planet.

I will need to contact the winner for a mailing address so I can post your prize. If the winner has not contacted me to provide their postal address after 30 days from the prize draw date, there will be a redraw.

Now go get ready to celebrate ITAD 2011.