As I promised at the end of my last temari post, the next ball I’ve almost completed now is the Swirl Ball. Due to a bizarre story about another temari person trying to insist that they can copyright a stitching technique, Barb has never written down the instructions for the way she marks this ball, which made it challenging to try to do on my own two weeks later. However, based on my memory of her verbal instructions, my own mental visualizations of how it was supposed to look, and some judicious browsing of the patterns forum on TemariKai, I figured it out.
Despite how fantastically complicated this ball looks in the end, it is essentially just 6 evenly spaced diamonds and the hexagons formed between them. Within each shape, you just do increasingly small offset stitches until you get to the center, and then move to the next shape. Here’s a picture to give you an idea of what the shapes look like while the stitching is in progress:
Once all the shapes have been swirled in, the shapes all blend together, and you get what looks like a continually swirled ball all over:
Now that I’ve told you that it’s all diamonds and hexagons, I bet you’ll be able to spot them. When I get better at evenly spacing all the stitching and lining up the shapes next to each other, it’ll look even more seamless. But I think this is pretty darn good for my first all-over Swirl!
As a bonus, here are some pictures of my completed Maritime Stars ball: