Saturday, September 6, 2008

Barb's Having a Ball

While I was at Seminar, I met one of our Cyberstitchers. I didn't only meet her, I took a class! Barbara S. is new to the national teaching scene, but she's taken off in a big way. The sunflower ball shown here is just one of her many temari designs and even more gorgeous in person.

In the class I took, Barb taught us how to make the two ball types pictured in this photograph. They're so easy once she explains! You too, even without going to a national seminar, can get her expert instruction via her new group correspondence course, which debuts in this month's Needle Arts.

I'm in awe of the pretty, pretty lovely balls Barb has made. She's in the process of being certified by the Japanese Temari Association. This means she has to come up with eight original designs and submit them as balls to the association in Tokyo. She doesn't even get the balls back, as the association sells them to help cover expenses. The balls here were all in the classroom for us to draw inspiration from.

This little ball is easy to do as it's completely free form, with little lazy daisy flowers all over. A lot of punch for a little effort. I think it's darling.

And yes, my husband and Barb insisted I be in this picture. I'm holding the sunflower ball and Barb's holding the springtime stars and flowers one. She's such a good teacher AND a member of Cyberstitchers. If you have a chance, take a temari class. Or two. Or three. And say hi to Barb online, all you members.


Mary said...

Barbara's temari balls are absolultely gorgeous. Thanks for highlighting her this month!
Mary :-)

Susan said...

There is no doubt that Barbara is a skilled temari crafter. I am , however, concerned with her lack of the proper use of Japanese stitching terms when teaching and promoting this Japanese folk craft.
She seems to be intent on creating her own terminology "kiku heringbone stitch" for basic stitch elements such as Chidori Kagari and Uwagaki Chidori.

The EGA clearly states that "The purpose of this organization shall be to foster the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery through an active program of education and study and to preserve the heritage of the art of embroidery."

I dare say the failure to use proper Japanese terminology while teaching others about temari is not in keeping with the EGA pledge.

gaelle said...

thanks for all theese wonderfull pictures !