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Temari: Large, Medium and Unusually Small

Written on August 27, 2012

Pictured here is a fairly grand group of old temari, a temari being hand-wound ball made from leftover threads which was made as a gift for a child.  By a “grand group” I mean that these old temari are getting harder and harder to find, and seeing so many older ones of such good quality and condition together at once–from grapefruit-sized to grape-sized–is a real treat.  For me, at least.Of course the apple on the top photo is there for scale, otherwise you’d have no idea that the two temari pictured above, are so large.  The larger of the two measures 5″ or 12.5 cm  in diameter.The three temari pictured above are roughly 3″ or 7.5 cm in diameter; the temari on the right is made of a cotton core and blue and red yarns of silk floss.  This one also has a bit of a rattling sound, which is due to rice grains placed in the center of the ball.  This rattle feature was, of course, meant to entertain the child who was gifted this magical thing.  The other two temari are made entirely of cotton and they don’t rattle.These temari, above, are tiny, and each group is stitched together to form a cluster.  Each of the temari on the cluster on the lower right measures 3/4″ or 1.75 cm in diameter.

I think these temari date to the 1920s, 30s or thereabouts.  Remarkably, they are in excellent condition, and with the exception of a bit of patina from age, all the threads are intact and there is no staining or discoloration.

Really delightful.  And a real find.

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  1. Comment by velma:

    there is fascination with building a sphere…it’s something i’ve been doing lately. i like the tiny ones very much

    August 27, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  2. Comment by onesmallstitch:

    they are indeed treasures. I have never seen ones with embroidery type patterns, the muted colours are beautiful.

    August 28, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  3. Comment by Else:

    Much more beautiful than the rubber band versions in our house!

    September 2, 2012 @ 11:40 am