Temari Mobile Project

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.

9 thoughts on “Temari Mobile Project

  1. This sounds interesting. I’m sorry to hear thet WordPress is making it hard for you – I thought we Blogger-users were the only ones having a hard time. And I’m sorry for me as well, as I love reading your blog and seeing and admiring what you do. And I’m one of those weird people loving to read and see photos, and NOT watch a video ,.. sigh I fervently hope you return to blogging.

    1. Well, like I said, this project will be chronicled on that Tumblr blog instead, where I know images still turn out okay, and the posts will be mostly pictures and words, with the occasional link to how-to videos from my YT channel for people who don’t know what the craft is, as 3D crafts are much more easily understood in motion rather than pictures.

      (Also, after two years in the house, I just don’t have much else to talk about.)

      1. Mark is a genius! I love it.
        I’ll give your tumblr blog a chance more, But I srtill hope that WP is going to behave better in the future, hoping mucho, but fearing it’s as stupid as Blogger in catering to the needs of the bloggers.
        I have ideas galore, but not much is happening IRL.

    1. Thanks! I’ll be posting the progress photos on that Tumblr blog, which is less fully featured but more efficient (and most importantly, still works the way I expect it to.)

  2. Mikki

    Hi Dana,
    I’m Japanese and I’m living in GA, I watched Japanese TV show “ tonight “ Who wish go to Japan”
    Your talent is extra great and making Temari technic was so amazing.
    One day I wish see your Temari direct if I can .
    I loved you make “Aizome” material in Japan Six years ago also.
    Again, thank you very much for your talent for Temari and you make me miss Japan and traditional things.


    1. Hi Mikki! I’m so glad you enjoyed the program! I did have a lot of fun on that trip, and as you can see I enjoy making temari a lot. If you’re in GA and want to make temari, you might look at the classes taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in NC, because it’s only about 2.5 hours away from Atlanta. There are two temari classes each year, one in the summer (taught by Jen Weber) and one in the fall (taught by me.) They have also started including some other Japanese crafts in the course catalog, which I have been very happy to see!

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