Merry Christmas! I’m finally posting this year’s Christmas temari, though I technically finished it back before I went up to the Campbell to teach. This year the temari class was scheduled for Christmas Craft Week, and I had a great group of six beginner students. Being up at the folk school for Christmas week was also a great experience!
There were holiday activities all week, including a reading of A Christmas Carol and a performance by the local Morris dance troupe(s).
Back to the temari, though: If you’d like to recreate it for yourself, it’s an inward-stitched S12 kiku in two shades of green with red colonial knots for the berries. (I personally have never had a lot of luck with French knots on temari, but the colonial knot turns out to have the same end result, but uses a more secure method of fixing the thread around the needle before pulling through to form the knot.)
The obi gets its plaid-like look from doing two rounds of decorative herringbone overstitching, rather than just one. (To be honest, the obi only got this ornate because I was procrastinating doing the knots, but I like the end result!)