“Temari balls are a folk art form that originated in China and were introduced to Japan five or six hundred years ago. The balls were originally made by mothers and grandmothers for the children to play with. Historically they were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos. Pieces of silk fabric would be wadded up to form a ball, then the wad wrapped with strips of fabric. As time moved on traditional Temari balls became an art, with the functional stitching more and more decorative and detailed, until the balls displayed very intricate embroidery.” (from TemariKai site)
I make the ball out of padding which I wrap with a layer of yarn and then a layer of sewing thread of the same color, both of which must be placed smoothly to insure roundness of the ball. The ball is then divided with relational geometry using a thin paper strip. The divisions are indicated with pins and then marking threads are placed. After the ball is prepared and marked the designs are embroidered with pearl cotton.
Temari balls will provide an original Christmas tree decoration. Smaller balls can be attached to a handbag, key-holder or used as pendants.