western aesthetics) is more concerned
with process than with product, with the actual construction of self than with self expression."
Donald Ritchie, A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics
Temari is described as "embroidering the surface of a ball." Te means hand, mari means ball.
The basic ball is called the dodai mari or surface of a ball and is composed of any spherical form, such as a wadded fibers, bound rice hulls or even a polystyrene ball.
For added bling, sometimes a bell is inserted into the central core.
Then the whole ball is entirely wrapped with a piece of nylon stocking, and covered in soft thick yarn.
The thickness of the yarn is gradually decreased as more and more layers of yarn are added.
After many layers of wrapping, the surface of the ball is is covered with many layers of various types of threads.
Finally, it is divided into equal parts, using paper strips for measuring tape and pins. The simplicity or complexity of the ultimate design will determine the number of divisions.
Lastly, the ball is covered with various types and colors of cotton and silk embroidery thread.
Each temari takes anywhere from 12 to 120 hours and upward to complete, depending on the level of complexity.
Sharon meticulously signs each Temari with her embroidered initials, "ST."