"Temari is an ancient folk art form originating in China and later introduced to Japan by traveling Chinese monks. First crafted as a child's toy from remnants of old silk kimonos, temari evolved into an art form adopted by noble women in Japan's imperial society and handed down from mother to daughter..."
Isn't this just amazing?!?! This is the Starry Night ball that I won from Julie! The takeout box packaging is the perfect finishing touch.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Shops: http://www.etsy.com/shop/julieandco, http://www.etsy.com/shop/julieandco2
fractal blue - hand embroidered japanese temari
Tell me a little about yourself.
I am married to a wonderful man (nearly 27 years of marriage!) and mama to four gorgeous and sweet daughters and now a son-in-law. I have been sewing and crafting since I was a teenager and love to try new things. I knit, crochet, sew, stitch, embroider, bake, cook, homeschool, read, laugh, serve, pray, and love life.
How would you describe your work/shop? Who should definitely stop by?
My workshop is my family room and the dining room table! I would love to have a dedicated space for my projects, but find I keep things very organized because of sharing the space with the family. I am a very organized person anyway, so my temari items are all packaged and stored in plastic tubs and boxes. All threads are sorted by colors and my projects are pretty portable. I often take a ziploc of supplies along with me to work on while on the go. Anyone may stop by! Come on in!
pretty in pink
What keeps you motivated?
I am inspired by colors in nature, interior designs, current home decor trends, food passions, and my love of thread. When I go shopping for thread, I am often captured by a new shade of color or a new pairing of colors. I am motivated by my passion for making temari. There is something very soothing about creating these thread balls....so precise and geometric, yet soft and textural.
illusions of blue
What is your most cherished handmade possession?
My father made us a bold and fantastic stained glass lamp for our home when my husband and I were married 27 years ago. He passed away 17 years ago and I treasure that gift. We've decorated our home around the colors in that lamp and enjoy it daily over our dining room table!
wine and chocolate duet
Do you have any advice for those who are new to handmade/crafting?
Try new things. Be bold. Experiment. Ask questions. Search the internet for tutorials. Create!
Tell us who one of your favorite sellers is on Etsy!
One of my favorite Etsy sellers is Rose from Waterrose (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Waterrose). She does amazing embroidery work and has a great variety of fantastic items. She has been a friend since I started on Etsy.
Is there anything I haven't asked that you'd like to share?
I also have a fiber shop! I'm working on some new projects this week for that shop, so we'll see what happens!
felted wool embellished brooch from Julie's Fiber Art shop
refuge - felted wool fiber art from Julie's Fiber Art shop
industrial fractal and turbo gray
japanese temari pincushion teacup
This is one seriously talented lady! To learn more about Julie, visit her profile page, where she really shines. Thanks Julie for sharing your work with us! :)