A Breath of Fresh Temari

As you may know, the last couple of years have been pretty tough for me. My father’s health has been ailing, and I had to step in and really take care of all aspects of his healthcare, even though I live about 3 hours away. During this time, I had to put many things that I love doing on hold, such as stitching temari. The hiatus came naturally, though, as the depressing nature of what I was going through sapped away my creative juices. Last fall, I was invited to give a talk about the art of temari to a fiber guild that I’m a member of . ( After the talk, I went out to lunch with a few of the guild members, whom I had not seen in over a year. I was discussing with them the creative funk I found myself in. It had been a long time since I felt inspired to make anything, let alone had any exciting ideas for original designs. Was I ever going to get that mojo back? One of my lunch companions related to me a story that she had seen on television, where they compared the act of creation to … Continue reading “A Breath of Fresh Temari”

Preparing for a Stitch-A-Long… A Challenge!

These days I have put my Japanese Temari Certification work on hold for a bit to focus on fulfilling a promise I made in January. The online community of temari stitchers knows as “Temari Challenge” is an open group of over 900 people that I am proud to be a part of. Each year, members of this group suggest temari patterns that they would like to learn to stitch, and volunteers step up to lead these as “stitch-a-long”s. During the year, the leaders study and stitch the patterns they have picked, and then break the process of making that temari down into steps. They lead the interested members through each step, giving plenty of time for questions and discussions after each stage. Finally, those that finish the ball share pictures of their work, and everyone is inspired by their accomplishments. Stitch-a-longs are a great way to expand your skills and try new patterns. The discussion periods help everyone involved, even teaching members things they didn’t think to question or examine! It really brings together members of the community in a fun way. Leading a stitch-a-long is also a wonderful way to get experience teaching. No matter how much preparing … Continue reading “Preparing for a Stitch-A-Long… A Challenge!”

A New Beginning

There are certain times in all of our lives when things can feel out of control. Tough times like losing loved ones, job loss, divorce, etc. can really bring a prolonged sense of sadness and depression. I’ve been going through such a time for the last few years myself, and it had really put a damper on my creativity. I’ve not been stitching many temari, nor really doing much other than dealing with “life”. For a while, it felt like it was never going to be different, and I would be stuck in this darkness forever. But I’ve been lucky to have friends and family remind me that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel, and that things WOULD get better. I’m grateful for their support through this wild ride, and I’m happy to say that I’m finally coming out of that funk! My needle is moving again, bright colors are coming back into my life, and I’m feeling a renewed sense of hope. I couldn’t be happier, nor feel more blessed. And I’m holding on to this newfound joy with both hands! To channel this new creative spirit, I am focusing more on my temari … Continue reading “A New Beginning”