This one was a learning experience for sure! The kiku herringbone and layered diamond equator band both gave me some trouble. Luckily with temari, the 3D shape really disguises some of the missteps and I’m still very happy with the finished product.
The pattern is Sunflower from Suess’ Japanese Temari and I kept the colors as close as I could to her plan. The base is a simple 12-division.
There are two flowers, one centered on each pole. The first flower used almost double the amount of thread as the second! I was trying to work as if I was laying down satin stitch on a flat surface, which doesn’t really work here. I had the threads right up next to each other, and I was trying not to pull them out of shape. Turns out, the whole point is to pull them into shape - it creates the curve of the petals where they meet the center. While neither flower is exactly what I was going for, I think they both have their charms.
Then I got lost a bit on the interlocking diamonds and didn’t put stitches where they were supposed to be, but by that time I was too far done to go back and take them out.
All in all, this one is a bit wonky, but impressive looking when viewed at a distance.