About Talk Temari &
TalkTemari is the companion
discussion group to TemariKai.com. When I discovered and was
captivated with temari back in 1998, I posted a few personal web
pages (that was also pretty much the dawn of home computing and
the web, as well) just to see if there were any other people out
there. At that time there was precious little on the web, and
certainly nothing that was instructional. Within 24 hours I had
been contacted; that list quickly grew and a private email list
was created. Within 4 months things were beyond what a personal
address book could manage, and the first listserve was set up.
TalkTemari has had a few server homes before landing on Yahoo
Groups in 2000. The group membership has grown to a membership of
over 700 at this point in time; yet countless others have dropped
in to visit for a time and then moved on. TalkTemari has birthed
many friendships that transpire just a love of the art; we have
has a group laughed, learned, celebrated and mourned together.
It's a bit mind boggling to think back through it all, but it's
been and is a pretty good ride. It's hoped that you will enjoy
being a part of it.
Please note that Yahoo rolled out a new version
of Groups (called Neo) in September of 2013, and it has been
plagued with bugs and issues. I have no control over them, but I
have been working closely with Yahoo Feedback in the hope of
helping to resolve them. Please be sure that your browser and
computer operating systems are up to date, and that cache and
temporary files are kept clear for best results.
Good things happen on TalkTemari, more than just discussion posts.
Here’s a run down of some of the things that are offered:
*) Check out and become familiar with the utilities available in
TalkTemari Yahoo: Photo Albums, Events Calendar, Files, and Links.
All of these are chosen through the top menu bar on the homepage
of TalkTemari Yahoo Groups. You must be logged in to Yahoo and a
group member to access these functions. Please explore these
functions and become familiar with them - it's beyond the scope of
TalkTemari itself to provide support for using Yahoo Groups in
general but there
is a basic help file
- in order to gain the most from being
a member of TalkTemari.
Other activities that happen through the list include:
: TalkTemari has become
known for the Great International Temari Swap (GITS). Read about
the history of how the GITS and about how it works. GITS Rounds
are held about every 6 to 8 weeks.
*) Project Challenges: Every so often we set up a theme or set of
guidelines to stitch a temari around – such as perhaps a certain
color, a particular stitch, pattern, etc. You work a temari
according to the guidelines and post a photo of your results on
TalkTemari Yahoo for everyone to share.
*) Stitch Alongs
StitchAlongs are online tutorials for working a particular stitch,
pattern, technique, etc. The SA leader posts step-wise
instructions every 5-7 days to guide everyone through the topic,
using both the list posts as well as photos and PDF files that you
can download as a written tutorial. You post questions back to the
list as needed as well as photos of problems, etc as you go.
Completed project photos are shared at the end of the SA (if you
*) Ai’s Store
We have a good friend in Kobe who is a JTA Temari Kyoujyu/Level 4,
and Ai is very generous in guiding and teaching us. She also has
an online store for Japanese temari supplies. You can order from
her at any time on your own, but it’s a much better deal to get in
on a TT Group order which is set up every few months. This saves
on shipping and usually results in some quantity discount. I have
no business arrangement with Ai, and do not profit from
coordinating orders or recommending her shop.
*) StitchIns/Local Meet-ups: Yes, there are even real "meet and
greets" to learn, share and stitch together. StitchIns or
other local gatherings can only be advertised/posted to TalkTemari
if they are limited to TalkTemari members for legal and liability
reasons. If you want info about
setting one up
or want to put one on
the calendar, let me know.
*) Group Supply orders - there will occasionally be a group order
to obtain what might otherwise be some hard to find supplies.
Again, I do not profit or otherwise benefit from coordinating
If you have questions,
suggestions, or requests, please drop a note. Likewise if you
would like to volunteer to lead a StitchAlong, drop a note so we
can work out the details. Remember that I’m happy to help with
prepping materials with you for a StitchAlong if you need it.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org