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Creating Striped Japanese Inspired Easter Eggs
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 00:03
This is the second in a series of three posts featuring Japanese inspired Easter Eggs based upon beautiful and ancient Japanese Temari.
If you have not done so already, please do visit Diane's tutorial here where you will learn a little more about the art and how to make the thread balls.
And please don't be put off by the number of pictures in the tutorial - this egg is so easy to do. You know me - just trying to be thorough!
And please note that you will see some long pins sticking out of the bottom half of my eggs. These are my photo props and are not part of the tutorial!
Measure a piece of floss long enough to go around your egg twice plus 12". This will be your guideline floss as well as the center of each color band.
Fasten the floss inside the thread layer near the smaller end of the egg and bring the floss up right at the top. (See Diane's tutorial). We will call this the north pole! Insert a ball head pin right next to the floss.
Wrap the guideline floss around the egg to divide the egg into two halves and return to the pin at the north pole.
Use the pin as a pivot to turn the floss 90 degrees and divide the egg into fourths. Embed the floss in the thread layer as shown in Diane's tutorial.
Make a tiny tack to hold the two guidelines in place at the south pole.
Cut a new piece of floss long enough to wrap around the ball two times - plus 12"
At the north pole, begin the floss just to the right of one of the guidelines.
Wrap the floss around the egg two times laying the strands close together.
At the end of your wrap, reinsert your needle into the thread layer and secure it in the thread layer.
Turn the ball so that wrapping will again take place on the right.
Note: Since I am right handed, it is easier for me if I turn the egg so that I can wrap on the right . If you find it more comfortable to wrap on the left side, by all means do so.
Wrap exactly as before and finish by embedding the floss in the thread layer.
Now do exactly the same thing on each side of the other "guideline".
Cut a piece of floss long enough to go around the egg four times plus 12". Secure the end in the thread layer and bring the needle up at the north pole just to the right of the previously wrapped floss.
Wrap the floss around the egg four times placing the floss strands right next to each other as you continue forming the color band. Tiny gaps at the poles are to be expected and won't matter.
Secure the floss in the thread layer when you have completed four wraps.
Repeat on the other side. Your color band will have a total of 13 rows of floss. Four "blue", five "green", four "blue".
Repeat this wrap sequence for the second color band..
Note: If you like, you can at this point add floss around the "equator" following the same wrapping method. I am just holding a few strands of floss in place for you to get the idea.
A series of small stitches at the color band intersections will secure the threads so they will not fall off the egg. (And hides those pesky gaps).
Secure your floss and bring the needle up at the intersection point shown above. Reinsert the needle on the opposite side of the color band, slide it through the thread layer under the embroidery and bring it back up again as shown.
Pull the floss gently so that it makes a nice little stitch over the floss strands.
Continue around the south end and then the north end as shown in the next images.
Add a small loop for hanging if you wish. And you are done!
Note: If you wish, you can experiment with dividing your egg into six or even eight sections to create more bands of colored floss.
Note: Color bands can be thinner but I wouldn't suggest making them much thicker than 13 strands of perle cotton floss.
Here is the third tutorial in this series!
And keep in mind, the designs presented in this series will translate into beautiful holiday ornaments and gifts!