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Temari are beautiful little thread balls. They don't have much more use than any other ball. They bounce a little. They're pretty.

I like to make them to keep my hands busy on road trips or while watching movies. They're low-key and relaxing. They're amazing demonstrations of non-Euclidean geometry.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
You will need:
A bit of yarn (the color doesn't matter; it won't show)
A needle
Thread. One of the colors of threads will be used a lot. The grey one in the picture was used up. (I often use serger thread for this.) The other colors should look nice together. (I changed my mind on the design of this one, so the threads pictured aren't the ones I used.)
Maybe a flexible tape measure.
Scissors are helpful.
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oskeola1 year ago

Have it done in an intensive 2 days working with lots of unravel and such XD the spaces are not so equal and threads was inside out, haha. thanks a lot!



SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  oskeola6 months ago
gorgeous, thanks for sharing!
hometownbetty8 months ago

Wow, I am going to have to try this out! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  hometownbetty6 months ago
:) would love to see what you make!
Oh yes, I have been doing some more research and my boys want me to make a star wars inspired one…maybe i'll get the courage to make a tutorial…but love your tutorial. =)
FabienneC6 months ago

Thank you very much for sharing : I'll add a link in my blog to send my readers to this page ! I've posted a picture of your temari ball on the article I wrote with link to your page : I hope you don't mind ! Tell me if i'm mistaken !


SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  FabienneC6 months ago
Glad you like it, thanks for the mention!
acornman3 years ago
I have a book on temari and styrofoam balls are used extensively. The process used is similiar in that the styrofoam ball is wound with wool or other thread to provide the base for the decorative thread. The styrofoam is quite dense there is no problem with crumbling

I saw a book, and they used styrofoam as well. The one I saw they cut the ball in half and placed tiny bells inside as well.

halla2 years ago
amazing thanks for sharing
god bless u
Mikishiwa2 years ago
well, I'm definetly going to make this and give it as a gift to my crush!
taemuli2 years ago
YAY! Ive just finished trying this, and it didnt turn out too bad for a first go. This instructable is great!
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  taemuli2 years ago
Glad you liked it! Do you have pictures of yours?
just used 3 colours to get the hang of it :)
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  taemuli2 years ago
Oh, that looks great! Well done!
How beautiful! I've never seen these before but just have fallen in love, with ideas as for their uses spinning in my head. I also have bagfulls of left over yarn from sweater etc. projects and now I know of an excellent use for them which will also help me get rid of the bags!
I love the comment about placing rice or bells inside for children's balls. Just imagine the beautiful colors you can use for such projects!

Also I would think that you would want to use a good quality thread, like Gutterman if you are taking the time to create these beautiful works of art. Joann Fabrics often has great sales on such things and they have so many beautiful colors from which to choose! There would be nothing so frustrating to me as having made a complete ball out of some old thread I found, only to have it break due to weakness of the material I choose. Your time in creating this is worth a great deal!!
craftyv3 years ago
Are the other balls in the pictures knotted or simply balls of wool ?
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  craftyv3 years ago
In the last pictures? The other two balls are (1) a tennis ball and (2) this ball.
Love this too. I have seen "hackysack" on this site before but In Australia it is not a term used at all. Great. Thank's.
iOskr3 years ago
lot of work, beautiful results!!!
Really really really pretty. The first image looks surreal!
LemonLily3 years ago
Can we use styrofoam balls for this part? It would save some yarn (even though most of us have scrap yarn laying around.) But anyway, this looks lovely!
I must admit I havn't tried this yet but I think that a dab of glue to attach any thread that will be covered later by the outside decorative threads would work well. I'm going to try this ASAP> Good crafting.
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  LemonLily3 years ago
Yes you can! But I think it would be less fun to work with; you will need to stitch through the center of the ball a fair amount to sew in the ends, and I would be afraid of the styrofoam crumbling inside.
craftyv3 years ago
This ticks all my boxes as I am both a crafter and a lover of beauty for beauties sake. There are always odd balls of yarn at charity shops and the like for less than a $1 and you can get bobbins of sewing thread too. I however could never buy expensive threads for this as they are quite expensive especially the ones as shown which look like Guttermans (top of the range). I will have a go and try to use the cheapest "stuff" I can but like many crafters I am very adaptive. Love it.
jwebsd3 years ago
Something USELESS yet ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL in today's world! "Ars gratia artis" Indeed. Years ago, I was so burned out emotionally, physically AND spiritually, I went walking and ended up in "Japantown" in San Francisco and saw a room of women making such beautiful "useless" things and burst into tears with joy in just being alive in the same world with them. Now you!
dagob3 years ago
wow!!! I'm really impressed. What a perfection! This is excelent! Thanks for sharing!
evilution3 years ago
Dip it in clear resin and it'll last for ever.
wolnut3 years ago
I've made these before, but your way is easier. Thanks for the instructable. I used to put a small bell or container of rice in the middle so that it rattles, if you are giving it to a child. Also my inside was a scrunched up plastic bag very easy to pass a needle thru and recycling at the same time.
tema1373 years ago
Suzume Mai3 years ago
Very pretty! But I wonder if if I take the pins off will the threads fall off as well? Thanks for the great instructions btw
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  Suzume Mai3 years ago
Be careful when you take the pins off! Make sure that you have stitched anywhere the pins are supporting before you take them out, because you're right! The threads could fall off if you remove the pins and your threads are not stitched down.
bisozozo3 years ago
fantastic! i'll try making one! looks great! like a piece of jewel!
raviolikid3 years ago
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I always wondered how they were made.

(Now, I know.)
This pretty darn incredible, I totally need to make one!
bajablue3 years ago
I think they'd make pretty homemade Christmas ornaments.
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Actually, dworley told me he does exactly that!
Or make tiny ones for earrings.
Jayefuu3 years ago
Wow these are amazing. How long did it take? It didn't look real in the intro image :D
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