Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Temari - making a twisted cord hanger

To add a hanger to my first temari, I decided to go with a simple twisted cord.

Temari - making a twisted cord hanger

Twisted cords start off needing strands a lot longer than the final length will be.  I used some of the dark green and silver metallic thread used in the temari.  To make the short cord I needed for the hanger, I cut roughly 5 feet of floss (I losely measured by taking the strands and stretching my arms out as wide as I can reach).  Fold the strands in half and tie a knot at the ends.

Temari - making a twisted cord hanger

Holding the knot in one hand, loop the folded end over a finger and start twisting while keeping the strands taut.  Keep twisting until, when slightly releasing the tension, the strands start to twist around themselves.  The more you twist, the tighter the finished cord will be.

Temari - making a twisted cord hanger

When twisted tightly enough, carefully fold the cord in half, maintaining tension until the ends are together, then allowing the cord to twist around itself.  This might require some manipulation to get it even. Tie the ends together to prevent untwisting.

To make the loop, fold the cord in half again.  Determine how large you want the loop and tie another knot.

Temari - adding the hanger

Attach the loop at the spot in the obi where all the strands start and end.  Use matching floss to sew the centre of the loop to the temari.

Temari - adding the hanger

Trim the cord a short distance from the knot and fringe the ends.

This temari is now ready to hang on a tree!

The next temari posts will show you how to work a 16 point polystar pattern.




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