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How to make Temari Holiday Trees
Submitted by Pam on Sun, 12/04/2016 - 17:33
Happy Holiday Making everyone! A very special post for you today, a project that Diane (Craftypod) and I began several years ago. She basically gave me permission to share it about three years ago, but my life has been pretty much upside down in that time. Finally, I am sharing, and just in time for you to make one for your own holidays.
You may remember Diane's brilliantly simple Temari Christmas tree Ornament designs which she featured on the very first Holiday season Gingerbreadsnowflakes began tas a blog in 2008. I recently became the happy recipient of them all! If you are interested, instructions can be found here.
Here is the Temari inspired tree I am currently working on. I am using wool embroidery floss and sport weight yarn (tapestry yarn) for my designs because I do NOT have Diane's precision capabilities and using perle cotton is not so forgiving.
I tucked a mirror in behind one of the guidelines so you could visualize better my intention to use a shisha embroidery stitch to attach mirrors in these intersections. Mine will have a much different feel - more consistent with my skill set and taste. Once the basic tree is wound, the sky is the limit! The cushion of thread built up on the surface of the cone is wonderful for embroidery and innovation.
So...let's get started!
You will need thread and a styrofoam cone. Diane and I usually purchased our thread on big cones and whenever possible at thrift stores or on sale. Same with the cones. A little damage or dent will not matter.
Wind the thread on the cone in the three directions shown here. I wrap much more deeply in each direction, but wanted you to see the patterns. Change from horizontal to vertical to diagonal and then start over again. Your goal is to not only completely cover the underlying cone but also build up a lovely cushion of thread for embroidery.
Diane suggests tacking your stitches in place every so often, especially on the diagonal rounds. I have never found it necessary. Diane is not as good as me at diagonal wrap!!! lol. But diagonal wrap is the least stable so it may be best for you to tack. I just make sure I end my winding with a vertical or horizontal wrap.
Once winding is complete, Place long straight pins into the north pole at the top of the tree and the south pole at the center of the bottom.
Using a contrasting yarn or the same color of yarn, divide the tree into four quadrants as shown. I begin by leaving a 10" tail at the top, wind around the pin to secure and then move to the bottom pin, wrap around that and return to the top; back to the bottom and then the top.... It is not necessary to wrap the yarn around the pin every time, only the first time. Just keep the yarn close to the pins while wrapping.
Create more divisions if desired. OR Create no divisions at all! See Diane's purple tree above!
Keep the pins in place until the yarns are secured with the yarn tails. Several tiny tack stitches should do the trick. See left above.
If you wish to have horizontal (equatorial) guidelines, use pins to mark the intersections, wrap your yarn around the cone using the pins as guides and tack in place before removing the pins. See right above.
And you are ready to begin embroidering your design!
The tutorial referenced above and this one here for my Temari Easter Eggs will offer help for the embroidery. I like the simple weave shown here. It really is just like creating a God's Eye but in place of sticks, you are weaving around threads.
Once winding is complete, your tree is like a blank canvas awaiting your own personal creativity. You could create tiny beaded garlands, or single beads as Christmas balls. Personally, I think the trees are fabulous even without embellishment. A whole forest of thread trees in various colors and sizes would be stunning! Or if you are detail oriented and good at precision embroidery, embroider finely detailed Temari designs as Diane has done. A few basics for these designs can be found here on my Temari Easter Egg tutorial.
The whole point is to have fun and let your creativity have a long leash!