The next two temari, #116 & #117, were both made for and given as gifts.
The first one, temari #116- lunes and stars, was given to a physical therapy student who was working with my physical therapist.
It is a simple division temari, meaning it is a sphere with two opposing poles, like the earth having a north pole and a south pole. The division is a hosohedron with “a tessellation of lunes on a spherical surface, such that each lune shares the same two polar opposite vertices.” The lunes are like the wedges in an orange, the shapes on the peel are like elongated ovals with points that meet at the poles.
The picture below shows a different temari in progress which illustrates the division of the sphere surface into lunes as described above.
You can also see the lune shape in the center of temari #116 in the picture below.
The next picture shows the temari in progress. Look at all the lune shapes surrounding the temari on the hospital gown.
This temari came with me to several doctors’ appointments to pleasantly pass waiting time. At this appointment, I was working on stitching the four lune shapes that lay diagonally along the equator. I started working on stitching purple as around the lunes shapes, but realized that I did not like the effect, which darkened the whole design. So, I changed the color to a peach and outlined the lunes and the two polar star shapes with the peach thread.
The next temari, # 117- Leah’s temari, seen below, was given to my wonderful physical therapist, Leah.
Below is a series of pictures showing temari 117 in progress. This is a C8 division temari. It is very similar to temari 107.
The next post will be a tip explaining what to do when switching back and forth between one thread and another when stitching a temari and you don’t want to finish off a thread but don’t want a dangling thread to get in the way of stitching another thread.
Although these temari were gifts for physical therapists, working on them is a sort of therapy too. For me, there is something calm and meditative about stitching temari.
Well, mostly. Once in a while they can supply moments of frustration when a something is not working the way it should. Like when the purple in #116 just didn’t do the job of finishing the design, so it required waiting until I returned home to find the color that worked as an outline for the lunes and the stars.
Did you know that the word lune comes from luna, which is latin for moon? So the name for temari #116 means moons and stars.