As we head into the third year of the pandemic, and therefore the third year of me doing temari demo streams on Twitch, I decided to theme the new year of streams around a project: finally doing the temari mobile I’ve had in the back of my mind for several years, based on a kimono the head of JTA gifted me when I was in Japan for the extremely surreal experience of being on a reality TV show about people from other countries who do Japanese crafts/hobbies.
The first step was to get the kimono hung up on the wall so I could actually see the colors properly, which we managed to do a few months ago. I’ve now chosen my color palette, threads have been ordered and are on their way, and I’ve started wrapping cores of all different sizes. This is also giving me an excuse to go back to basic techniques for my first temari for this project, because I want a mix of simple and complex balls for the eventual hanging.
I’ll be chronicling all of this over on Tumblr (temarikagari.tumblr.com) this time, because it’s come to my attention that WP is now massacring all my images on this blog, and until I can figure out a solution for that, I think this will be a good way to keep this photo-heavy project all neatly in one place.