Here you get to see row by row, how the spirals in temari #94 grew. Four different embroidery stitches, one crochet stitch, and eight different color threads were used to create the spirals. The threads are perle cotton in sizes 5 and 8 and all are hand dyed except the red.
The layout of the spiral design is on a simple division, an S4, with no markings.
- An open network of thin pale green spirals was stitched with a stem stitch.
- Using a crochet hook, a row of a brighter green chain stitching was added. This gave the next row something to stitch through so the first row would still be completely visible.
3. Next, a row of scroll stitching in a green/turquoise variegated thread was added.
4. Basque stitch in a darker green was used to build on the scroll stitch. With this stitch I was able to vary the width of the spiral lines and create open spaces in the stitching.
5. Another layer of stem stitching was added in a pale bright green.
6. The next round of stitching did not add to the width of the spirals, but added color and interest. Turquoise french knots were stitched inside each of the open spaces of the basque stitches.
7. A row of a peach color was stitched on both sides of the spirals, outlining them with a color that is not quite a complimentary color.
8. The final outlining of the spirals was stem stitched in a complimentary red. I was ready to be finished with this temari after the french knots were added, but it just needed the outlining with the contrasting warm colors for it to appear finished.
Finally, after close to 2,400 stitches, it is done.