Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house
— Kobayashi Issa (1763–1828)
A set of two small temari with the traditional flax (or hemp) design—asanoha kagari. They're stitched with hand-dyed perle #8 thread—about half the thickness of #5, the size I generally use—which is naturally variegated in a palette of soft colors.
No. 175: Thread wrap in pearl gray; C8 division and embroidery in #8 "Scottish heather"—a range from soft browns to soft grays. Circumference: 9 inches / 23 cm; diameter: 2.86 inches / 7.32 cm. No. 176: Thread wrap in silver gray; C8 division and embroidery in #8 "charcoal"—blacks and grays with a very slight blue hue. Circumference: 9.25 inches / 23.5 cm; diameter: 2.94 inches / 7.48 cm. The haiku by Issa is in the bell box of each, along with brass rings that make a quiet traditional rattle. Completed 3 October 2012 (nos. 175, 176).
Sold to beneft Kiva.org.
|left: no. 175; right: no. 176|