Peanut Butter Temari

Sunday, June 29, 2008


When I first made this temari, it reminded me of coffee and caramel. But sitting here, eating the last of the vacation fudge, I realize it reminds me more of peanut butter and chocolate.

Temari is a centuries-old Japanese craft, first made with the silk thread from worn-out kimonos. The balls were given to children to use as toys. Now temari are used mostly for decorations, and can be placed on a stand, in a bowl, or hung on a holiday tree or a hook. My daughter even has one hanging from the rear-view mirror in her car.

This is a craft that's very friendly to recycling, and I use old (but freshly laundered!) socks or stockings, yarn reclaimed from abandoned knitting projects, leftover yarns and threads, and sometimes bottlecaps and tiny orphaned toy parts if I want to make a ball that rattles.

This temari is available in my Etsy shop, where you'll find others in different patterns and colors.

6 comments:

fragileheart said...

Yum yum! I love peanut butter! Gorgeous Temari you've made there! How long did it take you to make?

:-) MaryLou said...

I love those Temari balls! Years ago I bought a book and made a bunch as gifts. They're really fun. :-)

DineometerDeb said...

How clever! I learn so much on blogs. : )

Lucky Girl said...

@fragileheart: thanks! This one took 3 or 4 hours. Some are faster, some take much longer, it varies with the patterns.

sylvia13 said...

I had never seen or even heard of Temari balls before. They are beautiful and very much into recycling too!

Lady Skye Fyre said...

Beautiful. I want to learn how!