Tuesday, August 2, 2011

monk's moon

the moon so pure
a wandering monk carries it
across the sand
—Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694)

This haiku is in the bell box of the temari I'm naming "Monk's Moon." It's based on the "Wishing Papers" pattern. One color palette instead of three: dark coffee brown, light brown, tan, and very light tan; with borders in golden brown and metallic gold, and a thread wrap of golden pumpkin. It's not as bright (or orange) as the photos below (the photo above is better); actually, it looks like a pumpkin crème brûlée.

This is a good pattern to practice keeping the embroidery threads as flat as possible and not overly overlapping or shifting position/order where they gather at the obi (the center horizontal band, or the "equator" — more on this as the anatomy posts progress); as well as not making the embroidery wraps so tight that the temari "puffs up" in between wrapped areas. About 3.25 inches diameter. Completed 2 August 2011 (no. 008).

top view

side view

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