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TemariKai News December 8, 2015
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I hope that everyone is well. Yes, I know that things have been quiet for quite a while - I've been on a bit of a sabbatical while attending to some personal needs. Hopefully, we're getting back into gear.

*) There will be additions to Temarikai in the coming weeks, and that will include some new patterns.

*) The JTA Class of 2017 will be forming up right after Christmas, so be thinking about whether you'd like to pursue certification. You can read about the JTA here
http://www.temarikai.com/ResourcesPages/JapanTemariAssociationGeneral.html
and Certification here
http://www.temarikai.com/ResourcesPages/jtacertification.html

I will serve as your mentor and sponsor for those that have been studying Temari on an independent basis; we will review your work and qualifications and decide about what work needs to be done.

*) TalkTemari is working through some growing pains after some 18-19 years; group members are coming together with suggestions for revamping the content and direction, and there are good ideas coming together. Look for some new activity coming right after the holidays.

JTA Mentor will reopen in early January as for all those interested in JTA Certification.

*) The TemariKai Etsy shop has been stocked with holiday and gift-giving goodies, including some new items this year. Bracelets and earrings are back, and now you can choose peirced or non-pierced findings. New this year are Teenie Scissor Fobs, and there are some great little snippers. You can check them out here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TemariKai

*) The TemariKai Zazzle http://www.zazzle.com/temarikai  and TemariKai CafePress http://www.cafepress.com/temarishop  shops are still live as well - cool and cute TK branded stuff!

It's good to be back in the swing of things - I'm looking forward to continue to grow Temarikai.com. That's it for now - as always, thanks for your continued interest and support,
Ginny T.



TemariKai News December 16, 2015
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*) There is a new Japanese book out:  "Tamentai no Temari"  (Many Faces Temari).  It's published by the Japan Temari Cultural Association, the folks that do the "Dream in Temari" series. Another gorgeous publication, and this time there are a few patterns included (most of the time there aren't). More information can be found on the Japanese Books Listing (Pg 2) page in the Resources Section of TemariKai.com

http://www.temarikai.com/ResourcesPages/japanesebookslistingPg2.html

and the Cross Reference Page has been updated

http://www.temarikai.com/ResourcesPages/japanesebookcrossrefs.html

*) The TalkTemari group is reviewing some of the variations to Uwagake Chidori Kagari. These are now being compiled into a page in the How To Section of TemariKai.com, and this will continue to expand as more are worked through.

http://www.temarikai.com/HowToPages/uwagakevariations.html

*) The TemariKai Etsy Shop is stocked with display rings, tekobari, C10 Rulers and all of the other temari-making supplies & kits.There's also still time for holiday gifting with the extra goodies available (charms, bracelets, fobs). Now through Saturday December 19 orders include free upgrades to Priority Mail for ready to ship items for the last minute shoppers. https://www.etsy.com/shop/TemariKai

*) Keep pinning the map!! If you are newer to the TemariKai audience and haven't checked it out, please do - and add your pin! it's great to see where we all are...  - go to the Site Info page on TemariKai.com and click on "View/Pin The Map" -  http://www.temarikai.com/SiteInfoPages/SiteInfoContents.html

*) TemariKai.com is very thankful to those who have donated to help offset expenses. They help tremendously to keep the site going and growing. Good things are coming early next year as I've been able to return to writing and prepping material.
That's it for now - as always, thanks for your continued interest and support,


TemariKai News December 12, 2015
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I hope that everyone is well. We're experiencing (enjoying?) an unusually very warm fall - almost winter - here in the US Northeast; it's almost hard to believe that the holidays are almost upon us.

Here are the updates and news:

*) The TemariKai ToolKit has been updated to carry the Japanese characters for stitch names. There have been a few minor edits as well, and more general cross-linking through out the site.

*) The Annual Meeting of the JTA was held Nov 30 - Dec 1 in Tokyo. Via Ai, there is some major news. Due to the solid work we've done together in the last 10 years, beginning with the 2016 exams the JTA has adjusted how they will evaluate international appliers. Full translations from English to Japanese will no longer be necessary when sending application materials for level exams. Rather, the teaching Shihan/Kyoujyu will evaluate the written text in English with photo and diagrams; it will then be reviewed by Ai as Shibucho. The JTA jury panel will give final evaluations based on diagrams and completed photos in conjunction with the recommendation of correct text from these reviews. In some ways this is very close to what has been happening - both teacher and Ai make sure that writeups are correct. However, Ai will no longer need to work all of the translations and very significantly, it emphasizes and acknowledges the responsibility and trust that the JTA judges place i n our work.

Ai's fees will be adjusted accordingly to reflect review time, processing and expenses. Note that this refers only to Ai's fees; the JTA exam fees remain the same. As you know, I don't level additional teaching fees, and of course that is not changing.

It will not significantly change the deadlines for work submission, since I will still be doing what I've always done regarding review and corrections. Likewise, Ai also needs review time.

If you are interested in applying for JTA certification in 2016, we should pretty much already be in touch with each other and working towards that; if you've not contacted me yet, that has to happen now. Full information about the JTA and certification can be found in the Resources section of TemariKai.com. Email me at gthompson@temarikai.com with subject line JTA exams 2016 if you have questions or wish to consider certification.

*) The TemariKai Etsy Shop is busy; it now offers the polished wooden display rings that you see in so many Japanese books and photos for displaying finished temari. There's also a new supply of tekobari, and the regular supplies and tools are stocked. With the holidays almost here, there's a great assortment of temari gifts - open bangle bracelets, A&A style bracelets, leather wrap bracelets (all with bitsy charms); charms (use them as charms, scissor fobs, bag/backpack fobs, zipper pulls, or use the included plug to jazz up your mobile phone, tablet or MP3 player) These are all one of kind, so the choice changes as items sell and more are stocked. For those looking to give it a try (or start someone else learning temari), there are beginner kiku and beginner teeny kits.These are all ready to ship, and within the US there's still time for Christmas delivery.   https:// www.etsy.com/shop/TemariKai

*) Keep pinning the map!! If you are newer to the TemariKai audience and haven't checked it out, please do - and add your pin! it's great to see where we all are...  - go to the Site Info page on TemariKai.com and click on "View/Pin The Map" -  http://www.temarikai.com/SiteInfoPages/SiteInfoContents.html

*) TemariKai.com is very thankful to those who have donated to help offset expenses. They help tremendously to keep the site going and growing. Good things are coming early next year as I've been able to return to writing and prepping material.

That's it for now - as always, thanks for your continued interest and support.


TemariKai News November 11, 2015
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I hope that everyone is well. Before we get into the news and info about Temarikai, it's only fitting to take a moment and remember that this is Veterans' Day/Remembrance Day in many places. So many have given so much and still do. We say thank you to all those who have and are serving in the armed forces around the world.

Things may have been quiet but not for lack of growing Temarikai.com. There are some new as well as re-worked pages:

*) The TemariKai Glossary now carries the Japanese characters for Japanese term entries. There have also been several entry additions. Find the Glossary in the How To Section.

*) The Stitching Shapes/Polygons page has been reworked a bit and now also carries Japanese terms. The page is in the How To Section.

*) There is a new page that is a composite listing of Japanese terms and characters covering stitches & skills, common words & phrases, colors, and sequencing (ordering). It's what I've amassed over my years of stitching and is certainly not meant to be a complete list or for learning how to read Japanese. It can however, help figure out some sticky spots if you're trying to "crack the code" of a pattern.  Find it in the Resources Section.

*) TalkTemari had a bit of a chat regarding hints and tips if you are going to share temari and lead a class or workshop. It was requested to summarize the info on Temarikai.com as a page of Teaching Hints - you'll see it in the Resources Section.

*) The Standard Divisions page now includes diagrams of the combination divisions and the faces/centers that are created with the markings. It's in the How To Section.

*) The I-Ro-Ha page on sequencing/ordering has been reformatted and expanded. It lives in the Resources Section.

Ok - on to JTA information. The JTA Mentor/Study group has been working through the basics. You're welcome to join whether you're JTA-bound or not. If you are considering applying for exams next spring (2016) you should be in touch with me now. General information about exams and the JTA is in the JTA Certification Page in Resources. I'm happy to answer any questions either on the Mentor Group or privately. We're forming up tentative candidate lists now - this is not a firm commitment at this time - so please drop me a note if you are interested . Confirmation will be asked for by January so you have time to consider it.

*) The TemariKai Etsy Shop has been restocked, including early bird holiday goodies. Tekobari are available as are C10 rulers and all of the other basics.   https://www.etsy.com/shop/TemariKai

*) Keep pinning the map!! If you are newer to the TemariKai audience and haven't checked it out, please do - and add your pin! it's great to see where we all are...  - go to the Site Info page on TemariKai.com and click on "View/Pin The Map" -  http://www.temarikai.com/SiteInfoPages/SiteInfoContents.html

*) Your donation to TemariKai is much appreciated to help in offsetting some of the operating costs to help to keep the site going and growing. Even more, I cherish the notes that folks send, letting us know how well TemariKai is working for them. That's the main goal; much joy comes from sharing the art that I love.


TemariKai News September 9, 2015
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I hope that everyone is well; even though the calendar says September, we're having some of the hottest days of the season right now (just in time for kids to go back to school). TemariKai.com work has been on a bit of sabbatical this summer so that I could take advantage of the weather to get some chores done on the property and house. Now it's back to more "normal" things.

*) Congratulations to the folks that passed their JTA Exams this summer: Koutouka: Deb Reichert. Honka: Kay Barankowski, Mac Nomura, Jane Toll, Marina Kounkel, Maria Imashiva. Well done, all of you!

*) As you know, the JTA has been very proactive in welcoming international students via the web; this past year things have been standardized to be sure that independent/web study parallels that of in-residence classes. This is a great thing as it provides some framework for teachers (including Ai developing a curriculum reference). So, the JTA Mentor Group on Yahoo Groups has been revamped to provide guided support and resources as you work through the steps of each level. Beginning the week of Sept 15 we'll begin a step-by-step walk through of Honka and Koutouka lessons for those interested. This is not a beginner's tutorial of how to make temari - that's still (and always will be) on TalkTemari. JTA Mentor is for those interested in how the exam requirements are applied, and a bit more in-depth look at execution. It's open to everyone, whether you are looking to certify or not, if you'd like to dig a bit deeper. The JTA Mentor Group is found at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/JTAMentorGroup/info

*) If you are considering JTA membership and certification, check out the info on Temarikai.com at http://www.temarikai.com/ResourcesPages/jtacertification.html

I'm happy to answer any questions either on the Mentor Group or privately. We're forming up tentative candidate lists now - this is not a firm commitment at this time - so please drop me a note if you are interested . Confirmation will be asked for by January so you have time to consider it.

*) The new C10 Rulers have been very well received. The ruler is a direct conversion from the circumference of the mari (in cm) to the C10 centers distance (more more having to carry around a conversion chart as when using a V-Ruler, or calculating center distances!). They are available on the TemariKai Etsy Shop (and they come from Ai who is having them made). The how-to for using them is on TemariKai.com - Using the C10 Ruler. V-Rulers will continue to be available while the current supply lasts - they can still be obtained through the TK website. The tutorial for using them will always remain in the site content.

*) The TemariKai Etsy Shop has been restocked with just about everything, I think. Tekobari should be back in stock towards the middle of October.   https://www.etsy.com/shop/TemariKai

*) Keep pinning the map!! If you are newer to the TemariKai audience and haven't checked it out, please do - and add your pin! it's great to see where we all are...  - go to the Site Info page on TemariKai.com and click on "View/Pin The Map" -  http://www.temarikai.com/SiteInfoPages/SiteInfoContents.html

TemariKai News May 6, 2015
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I hope that everyone is well... spring is finally showing a foothold here in the US. It's great to be outdoors again - but it also means more chores!

*) Many stitchers have been using the V-Rulers that are available from the JTA to determine the centers distances on a 10-Combination division. It makes it a bit easier than the traditional paper strip method. However, V-Rulers are being phased out of use in Japan; one reason is that the JTA can no longer get them made, it seems, but - there is actually an easier method that has taken over in standard lessons and curricula.

It's a little gadget called a C10 Conversion Ruler (for those with with Japanese books, you've most likely seen the basics of them - those charts that have strips of hash-markings and numbers). No more V-Ruler legs to flatten - it's a straight strip, and the gauge is a direct conversion from the circumference of the mari (in cm) to the C10 centers distance (more more having to carry around a conversion chart as when using a V-Ruler, or calculating center distances!). The how-to for using them has been added to TemariKai.com - Using the C10 Ruler, and this is (as most all pages on TK) a free printable page. The best news is that Ai M has designed and is having them made - thus they are available from her and now also on the TemariKai Etsy shop. They come in 2 sizes - one for mari up to 30cm circumference, and one for larger mari up to 80cm.

We debuted the C10 Rulers at the 14th Annual TalkTemari Stitchin a few weeks ago - and it was a unanimous success. Using them softened even the most die-hard paper strip & V-Ruler users. They were especially well received by the folks that had continued to have trouble getting accurate results from the V-Rulers because of the "wiggle factor" in flattening the legs of the ruler.

V-Rulers will continue to be available while the current supply lasts - they can still be obtained through the TK website. The tutorial for using them will always remain in the site content.

In addition to using the C10 Ruler, the StitchIn included a lesson for an alternate method of laying down C10 marking lines Ai shared from the Japanese teachers. It's a continuous-wrap rather than the 6 sets of simple 10 lines as has been the norm. While it's not a technique to be used until the basics are understood, it is a smoother way to mark out the lines. The tutorial can be found on TemariKai as C10 Continuous Wrap.

This all means that there are several options available for marking a C10 for both pinning the centers and also laying down the marking lines. The C10 info on Temarikai.com now begins with an intro to these options. Any centers pinning method can be paired with any marking line method - no one action needs to be paired with any other one. Beginners should, however, first learn and be comfortable with using the traditional paper strip and sets of S10 lines in order to have solid knowledge of the C10 principles, before moving on to other options.

*) So, yes - the 14th Annual TalkTemari StitchIn was held April 17-19 here in NY. Some 15 stitchers from NY, MA, CT, LA, GA, NC, MO, NH, VA, IN, OH in the US and also from Sweden joined in for a weekend of learning and fun. Folks had the choice of a Temari Comprehensive for skills review, or learning the basics of silk ribbon embroidery for inclusion in Temari designs. The Class Photo can be seen on the TK Facebook page.

*) The TemariKai Etsy Shop has been restocked with just about everything, I think. In addition to the C10 Rulers being added, Tekobari are back in stock as are Kyo needles, rice hulls, vertical rulers, beginner kits... and other goodies.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TemariKai


*) Keep pinning the map!! If you are newer to the TemariKai audience and haven't checked it out, please do - and add your pin! it's great to see where we all are...  - go to the Site Info page on TemariKai.com and click on "View/Pin The Map" -  http://www.temarikai.com/SiteInfoPages/SiteInfoContents.html

*) My continued thanks to those that have donated support to TemariKai; the help in offsetting some of the operating costs to help to keep the site going and growing is much appreciated.

That's it for now - as always, thanks for your continued interest and support.


Temarikai News March 17, 2015
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Hope everyone is well; spring is trying hard to get a foothold here in the US Northeast; we're finally getting a bit of melt going on.

Here's the latest:

*) 2 new patterns, both in the Simple Divisions; thanks to Janice M and Anne W. Also, this last one from Anne completes her sharing all of her JTA Shihan and Kyoujyu composition work; we thank her very much.

Submitting a pattern to TemariKai is an easy thing to do - they need not be original compositions. Patterns that are interpreted from Japanese books or your version of any design that has inspired you are just fine (just be sure that you include the source). They don't need to be fancy write-ups... that's my job. Notes that you keep along with sketched diagrams/photos can be turned into inspiration for your fellow stitchers. Readers contributing patterns is how the Temarikai community has developed into what it is, and we've been able to learn and grow together. And, for those aspiring to or considering JTA Level 2 exams, this is a perfect way to practice. Drop me a note if you have questions -

*) JTA Members: the time is here to submit your 2015 dues to the JTA. You will NOT receive an invoice or other notice from them. You must renew by March 31 to continue your JTA membership. Payments are sent via PayPal to the JTA using the email address   temari@mx5.alpha-web.ne.jp . Membership fees are as follows (these amounts include PayPal fees; please send only the amount indicated for your membership level):

Honka, Koutouka and Shihan: 3,163Yen

Kyoujyu: 5,245Yen

The JTA will send you a copy of your membership card via return email to the address you used in the PayPal transaction, so please be sure that you've allowed their email address to be accepted by any spam filtering you use. If you are submitting for exams this year, you pay the dues for your current level as of now.

Remember that if you are progressing through the exams, you must maintain continuous membership; you can't join in one year and not another. If annual dues are not received by March 31 the JTA considers your membership terminated, and to rejoin requires a large reinstatement fee.

Also the Annual Gathering (not Annual Business Meeting) of the JTA will be held Nov 30-Dec 1, 2015 in Tokyo; if you are interested please let me know and we'll get the information to you.

*) Keep pinning the map!! If you are newer to the TemariKai audience and haven't checked it out, please do - and add your pin! it's great to see where we all are...  - go to the Site Info page on TemariKai.com and click on "View/Pin The Map" -  http://www.temarikai.com/SiteInfoPages/SiteInfoContents.html

*) My continued thanks to those that have donated support to TemariKai; the help in offsetting some of the operating costs to help to keep the site going and growing is much appreciated. Even more, I cherish the notes that folks send, letting us know how well TemariKai is working for them. That's the main goal; much joy comes from sharing the art that I love.
That's it for now - as always, thanks for your continued interest and support.



Temarikai News February 3, 2015
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Believe it or not - one year ago today, almost to the time I type this, the new/revised version of Temarikai (known as Temarikai 2014) went live!

I thank you all for your interest and support - it's been an acitve year, and the feedback and input from you has been great. The new services have been well used and continue to be, and it sounds as though the hoped-for goal of an easy to use, comprehensive site is being met based on the notes and comments that have been received. Over the last year, Temarikai.com has averaged over 100 hits per day, and collected over 37,500 visits for the year. It's very, very good to know that it's all been worth it.

Right on cue, there is more content on the site:

*) A page has been added regarding some of the common extra markings. Adding extra marking lines to the standard divisions can yield a whole new world of designs; needless to say there are more than can be itemized (limited only by your imagination), but some are in common use and are handy to know. The page has been launched with a few, and more will come. Find it in the How To Section - http://www.temarikai.com/HowToPages/ExtraMarkings/ExtraMarkingContents.html

*) New Patterns! Yes, more! Thanks to Anne W., there are new C8, C10 & Multiple Face designs, and these complete the sharing of her set of 8 original patterns for Shihan certification.

*) We had a goof in the last issue of TK News and missed thanking Joan Z. for one of the patterns that was added in the last round...

*) Don't forget about the Community Galleries to add your photos to TK - I'm working on getting those up to date as well, but please always keep the photos coming. You'd be surprised how you inspire others by sharing your work.  http://www.temarikai.com/PhotosPages/illustcontents.html

*) The Stitches Map has been a fun gizmo since we added it about a year ago - if you are newer to the group and haven't checked it out, please do - and add your pin! it's great to see where we all are...  - go to the Site Info page on TemariKai.com and click on "View/Pin The Map" -  http://www.temarikai.com/SiteInfoPages/SiteInfoContents.html

*) As I do look back over the last year, my appreciation extends not only to those that have emailed with good wishes, and/or finding goofs (yes, I DO thank you for that - you telling me is the only way I can fix them!), but to those that have contributed support to TemariKai the past year; it's been a tremendous help in offsetting some of the operating costs, and helps to keep the site going and growing. I appreciate it, very much.


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TemariKai News, February 3, 2014
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Hello everyone, after almost 2 months working on the rebuild of Temarikai.com, (all 2054 pages of it, on the old site), most of it is ready to go. I had no clue it had grown so much (!), and it was a major trip down memory lane to be revisiting so much of it. As I'd mentioned before, some of the material will be archived as we've readjusted to new lessons; everything else has been reworked from the ground up.

Things are  to the point of needing to clear out old material from the server so that the new site can begin to function as it should. In particular, this refers to the search engine service, which is also new. In order for it to index properly, the old stuff has to go. Not to mention that space is getting tight  :>)  The new version will roll out in two steps. TemariKai 2014 will be finding its way to the server over the next 24 hours, with the exception of the Patterns Section. The link on the new site will, temporarily, go to the old site listings. Editing the patterns is almost like working on a second site, so rather than holding the rest up, we'll go in these steps. Most of the links to the Pattern Section have been adjusted for this, but if you end up lost, just go back to the Home page with that button and click back into Patterns.

Some of the changes you'll see:  First and foremost it does away with frames (yes, I can hear you cheering. Me, too). Things have been structured (and tested) to work on as many different operating systems and devices as possible (thanks to beta testers from TalkTemari). It has been cross-referenced, the ToolKit has been expanded, and there are many new pages of stitches and methods in the How To section. Most pages are directly printable, in that using "right click and print" will give a clear copy, rather than needing to maintain separate PDF files; these pages carry a statement at the bottom that they are printable.

Some things have been done away with: there no longer are pages of links to Supply sources (with the exception of Ai's store since it is for Japanese supplies, now found on the Shop page); with the status of modern web searching, this sort of page is no longer needed and trying to keep up with broken or changed links was daunting. Ditto, the page of links to other temari sites has been removed, for the same reason. Other pages are waiting in the wings and will come back; my primary effort on this upload was to get the main content done.

I do have people checking links, etc. so please don't (yet) get in touch if you find glitches; too many people can make it overwhelmingly confusing. I ask for your patience during the shake-down cruise, but it should not be too rough.

Thanks for your continued interest and support -
Ginny T.




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