What You Need:
- Old sock
- Handful of old cotton fabric cut into really fine pieces
- Soft wool - 3mts
- Spool of thread - 1 large
- Curved needle
- Craft thread
- Assorted beads (optional)
- Paper and pencil
- Stuff the sock with cotton fabric, packing it tightly.
- Tie a thread on the top and then mould it into the shape of a ball.
- Next, wrap thread around the entire ball. Donít wrap it too tightly as you will need to stitch through the thread and sock layers.
- When you have covered the entire sock, thread the remaining thread into a needle. Poke the needle randomly in and out of the ball to secure the end of the thread. Knot it and cut the thread.
- Now draw a self portrait or any other design of your choice on paper. It is best to use straight lines as it is easier to embroider.
- Use different colours of thread to copy the drawing onto the ball by stitching your design onto the thread-wrapped ball. Once you are done embroidering, cut away the extra paper.
- You can stitch beads onto the Temari ball if you like.
Temari, meaning handball in Japanese, is a folk craft from ancient Japan. The art of Temari began as a simple needlework craft, which was used to create embroidered balls for play. Today, the lovely thread-wrapped, embroidered Temari balls are given as tokens of good luck.