At the end of my trip to the beach, my mom and I went over to Manteo to wander around the shops in their historical waterfront area. Of course, since it was Sunday, most of them were closed, but this meant that we ended up going into a store I’d never been in before, just because it was open. It was full of local pottery and things made of shells and driftwood and jigsaw puzzles with beach scenes, so basically a nicer version of tourist ticky-tacky, but over in one corner, I found a basket full of something I’d never seen before: cobra stands. These are three-legged wooden stands, carved so the middle portions of each leg link around each other, like this:
When not being used, they fold up flat:
I immediately bought a whole bunch, because they are perfect for temari! For example, here’s the peach and green temari I made while I was in Michigan:
And since I liked that color scheme, I decided to do another ball in the same colors, on the same division, and with the same stitch, but with very different results:
A side view of that one, so you can see how they meet at the center. I amused myself by doing the outline row for each set of points in the opposite color.
And, just for fun, I put them together with my larger “32 Flowers,” so you can see both sizes of the cobra stands that I bought.
All three of those temari, incidentally, are for sale in my Etsy shop.