Friday, February 24, 2012

Temari Addict Australia - a kindred sister down under

Today, Rebecca uploaded her 400th post to Temari Addict Australia!!

Congratulations, Rebecca. To you and to your group of temari stitching friends and students in Australia. You've made me smile from your very first post.  I love your passion for life - it shows in the stories you've shared with us about your family and friends (including the chickens!). 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kyoto Kimono Kindred Sister

Headed into Miyama

  You know you're with the expert when you go to Kyoto with Kyoto Kimono!  Nancy spent some time living in Kyoto and took us to many of her favorite places on our trip last fall -  temple markets, workshops with textile artists, meals at wonderful restaurants, and a hotel and ryokan chosen for location and great price.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Circular Obsession

It's been a year! Over a year, in fact, since I started this blog. My goal was to have a place to share stories and pictures of our fabulous trip to Japan in October, 2011. It grew to be a place where I could share stitching projects, new classes, and additions in my little temari shop on

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Size matters: big temari balls

Temari on the LARGE side

   Now, now. Calm down. This is not an X-rated blog post!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kokeshi Collection

Here they are - all the girls and boys with their temari. New ones, old ones. Paper one in the middle made of washi instead of wood. Some in the back demurely peeking around the others. Some hidden by the taller folk.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Treasures from Japan - dolls, dolls, and more dolls

I've never been much of a collector. No coins or stamps. No big fabric or thread stash. But over the last few years, it seems that I just can't resist the darling, wooden kokeshi dolls from Japan. Not all of them. Just the ones with temari, especially the older vintage dolls. Here are a few of my favorites. Don't they just make you smile?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sweet Home by Posie

A little bit of embroidery for my daughter. The pattern is Sweet Home from Posie. So cute!