This temari was made to be a gift for my father. It is a C8 division that is made of six units of interwoven pairs of spindles that make X’s and 8 units of 3 spindles that interweave to make stars.
The dark X’s were stitched with three different hand dyed perle cotton #5 threads, from light blue/green in the center to dark blue on the outside.
The X’s were stitched first, knowing there would be some design element in the almost hexagon spaces, but not know what. After the dark spindle X’s were done, making spindle stars in the remaining spaces seemed like the logical solution.
Three different hand dyed perle cotton #8 threads were used, a different one for each spindle, to stitch the stars. Lighter colors were used for the stars so they would be a secondary design element as they contrast less with the background. Each spindle color traces a line around the ball, which gives some movement to an otherwise almost static design.
An ecru color was used to outline all the spindles, which helped to emphasize the weaving, at least on the dark X’s.
I am pleased with the finished temari and I am sure my father, a mathematician, will enjoy it too.