Temari Ball Kit TM-4 Mitsuba Kikkou and Watsunagi no Ume
Create a stunning pair of embroidered temari balls with this kit.
Includes ENGLISH instructions, although further instructions can be found on videos here
Kit also includes:
2 balls, wrapped and marked out ready to stitch (one white, one black)
5 skeins of coloured embroidery threads
Gold embroidery thread for details
2 embroidery needles
2 stands to display your finished items on
Everything you need to learn this fascinating and beautiful traditional Japanese craft.
Temari are highly valued and cherished gifts, symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty. Also, the brilliant colors and threads used are symbolic of wishing the recipient a brilliant and happy life.
Traditionally, temari were often given to children from their parents on New Year's Day. Inside the tightly wrapped layers of each ball, the mother would have placed a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish for her child. The child would never be told what wish their mother had made while making the ball.
Alternately, some balls contained "noisemakers" consisting of rice grains or bells to add to the play value. It is said that traditional temari were wrapped so tightly they would bounce.