We first encountered temari while visiting the Philadelphia Weavers Guild's open house in 2011. There was a bowl filled with temari that the members had made during a workshop. We looked at the remarkable stitched balls and said, "We have GOT to do this!"
Using Barbara Suess' book, Japanese Temari: A Colorful Spin on an Ancient Craft, we worked our way through every pattern. To continue to refine our skills, we traveled to the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, where we spent a week stitching and learning with Barbara Suess herself. She introduced us to more complicated techniques, as well as many Japanese publications that are hard to find in the U.S. We are currently interpreting the inspiring designs in these beautiful publications from the masters of temari.
Our work has been featured at a gallery exhibit at the Liriodendron Mansion in Harford County, Maryland.
We present temari workshops and demonstrations to fiber guilds and interested small groups and have taught at the 2015 Mid Atlantic Fiber Conference as well as at Harford County Community College. We love to teach, especially since we both see and stitch very differently. Our team teaching gives students two very different perspectives on the craft and how to understand it.
We are currently expanding our teaching venues and are hard at work writing up intermediate and advanced patterns to publish.
While we refer to themselves as twins, we are different in many ways, but our bond of friendship and passion for our craft bridges all differences and makes us true twins in spirit.