|This ball is pictured as Temari No. 5 on Page
11 of the Japanese Book
commonly referred to as Kii Temari (ISBN4-8733-0393-3) but no diagram
or other help is found in the book. The photo was submitted to
TalkTemari as a Stitch-Along II project. I made several
false starts trying to decipher this pattern, but then, thanks to Joan
Z., I was off and running when she suggested that I should start with
offset pentagons. This is a complicated pattern. Before
attempting it, read the
directions completely to get a general idea of its complexities.
You will need perle cotton (or other fiber of your choice) in a background color and two or more contrasting colors for the striped ribbons. The base of your mari should be wrapped in a thread that matches the color of your background perle. My temari was 4 inches in diameter – I actually think 3 to 3-1/2 inches would have been preferable, using No. 5 perle cotton. The pattern is composed of striped triangles (here they are black, lt green, and yellow) - these colors make up ribbons of color - and also solid pentagons (orange, to match the mari thread wrap). The striped triangles weave among their neighbors to help create the great effect on this temari.
Mark your mari in a C-10, using a fine metallic thread (mine is gold), which will show at the poles on the completed temari. Tack the intersections. With a different color marking thread (mine is white), which will not show on the completed temari, add an offset pentagon inside every original pentagon (of the C10 marking), so that the points are at 1/2 the distance from the poles to the sides of the original pentagons, on the short marking threads. (See lower left pentagon in Diagram I.)
(Note: on my temari that is pictured, the small offset pentagons were marked 2/3 of the way from the poles. This resulted in larger openings at the poles and shorter tails on the ribbons than I would have liked, which is why I am recommending using a 1/2 measurement.)
STITCHING THE TRIANGLES:
All of the triangles are stitched on the marking lines that form the small offset pentagons (which you did in your second marking color.) Using one of the colors for your striped triangles (mine is black), stitch the triangle shown in red on Diagram 1. Begin at 1 on the small offset pentagon within the NP pentagon. Advance to 2 in the adjoining pentagon, then 3 in the next adjacent pentagon, then back to 1.
After stitching one complete round of triangles, you are ready to stitch one round of pentagons. These are done in the perle that matches your mari wrap. These pentagons are in the same orientation as the original large pentagons of the C-10 marking (i.e., they’re stitched on the long lines that go from the poles to the points.) They should be placed so that the threads are perfectly parallel to the threads of the original pentagons, and so that the center of each thread butts up closely to the point of the small offset pentagon that it encircles. (See Diagram II and Photo C.) There is no weaving to be done with the pentagons.
COMPLETING THE TEMARI:
Continue alternating rounds of triangles and pentagons -- changing colors in the triangles to give the striped effect -- until the points of the striped ribbons butt up to the sides of the adjacent triangles. Then continue to fill in with rounds of pentagons in your background color and your temari is finished. As an alternative, you can do your final round of pentagons in a metallic thread or one of the contrasting colors used in your ribbons.