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(TreeHugger)   88-year-old Japanese grandmother makes embroidered spheres that will blow your mind   (treehugger.com) divider line 68
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2014-03-10 05:21:37 PM
These are incredible. Thank you, subby.
 
2014-03-10 05:32:18 PM
Whoa.  And I thought I could embroider.
 
2014-03-10 06:30:51 PM
Holy shiat. Nice.
 
2014-03-10 06:32:38 PM
What knockers!
 
2014-03-10 06:33:38 PM
Mind officially blown! I've never seen the like.
 
2014-03-10 06:33:47 PM
Wow, that is fascinating, amazing, and beautiful.
 
2014-03-10 06:34:58 PM
Wow... I just want to play with a basket full of them while tripping on acid.

/colorgasm
 
2014-03-10 06:36:28 PM
Legit bahller
 
2014-03-10 06:36:39 PM
Top 4 inappropriate comments.

1. NanaAkua is quite the baller.
2. NanaAkua? Yeah, I'd hit that ..with a very colorful bat.
3. NanaAkua gave me blueballs AGAIN at the New Years party!
4. NanaAkua's psychedelic balls, 99% inspiration, 1% nuclear fallout.
 
2014-03-10 06:39:23 PM
Wow, a post about Japan and balls that's SFW. Color me surprised.
 
2014-03-10 06:39:34 PM
gs1.wac.edgecastcdn.net
 
2014-03-10 06:40:47 PM
I'm going to guess she doesn't have a cat.
 
2014-03-10 06:42:14 PM
New goal for my bucket list: how to make temari orbs. Those are beautiful, and I want to craft something to elegant to give as gifts.
 
2014-03-10 06:42:36 PM
Meanwhile...

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Fark yeah!
 
2014-03-10 06:42:45 PM
impressive balls!
 
2014-03-10 06:43:06 PM
They probably don't bounce worth a shiat.
 
2014-03-10 06:43:25 PM
much cooler than expected
 
2014-03-10 06:44:01 PM

Anastacya: New goal for my bucket list: how to make temari orbs. Those are beautiful, and I want to craft something to elegant to give as gifts.


Yay! I'll buy one from you!

I so agree, these are breathtakingly beautiful.
 
2014-03-10 06:44:14 PM

Anastacya: New goal for my bucket list: how to make temari orbs. Those are beautiful, and I want to craft something to so elegant to give as gifts.


/FTFM
 
2014-03-10 06:44:20 PM

GungFu: Meanwhile...

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Fark yeah!


Shouldn't a ball be spherical?  Biggest pile, I suppose.  I'll let them have biggest pile of twine.
 
2014-03-10 06:47:19 PM
She could make a killing on Esty.
 
2014-03-10 06:47:31 PM

itsaidwhat: Top 4 inappropriate comments.

1. NanaAkua is quite the baller.
2. NanaAkua? Yeah, I'd hit that ..with a very colorful bat.
3. NanaAkua gave me blueballs AGAIN at the New Years party!
4. NanaAkua's psychedelic balls, 99% inspiration, 1% nuclear fallout.


5. NanaAkua's trippin' balls.

These are beautiful. I wish I was that talented and patient.
 
2014-03-10 06:51:29 PM
Her Flickr photostream is extremely worth checking out.

I like her squid purse so much.

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-10 06:52:13 PM
So are they hollow or built on some kind of frame? They must be or they wouldn't be so round as thread just doesn't have any compressive strength, only tensile strength.
 
2014-03-10 06:54:35 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-10 06:55:46 PM

traylor: Her Flickr photostream is extremely worth checking out.

I like her squid purse so much.


Ummmmm...
 
2014-03-10 06:59:09 PM

Russ1642: So are they hollow or built on some kind of frame? They must be or they wouldn't be so round as thread just doesn't have any compressive strength, only tensile strength.


She may well use a frame while making them but not necessarily. Little tiny knots are surprisingly strong, e.g., Persian rugs.
 
2014-03-10 07:00:24 PM
http://www.temari.com/tips.htm

meow?
 
2014-03-10 07:06:30 PM

unfarkingbelievable: Anastacya: New goal for my bucket list: how to make temari orbs. Those are beautiful, and I want to craft something to elegant to give as gifts.

Yay! I'll buy one from you!

I so agree, these are breathtakingly beautiful.


Lol if I make any I will post them on Etsy and you will be the first to know! :)
 
2014-03-10 07:06:31 PM
These are just awesome. I'd love one. Maybe someday I'll spend a year or so and try and make one.
 
2014-03-10 07:08:05 PM
Anyone remember the "as seen on TV" gizmo for making the little flowers in picture 2?  It was to use when crocheting blankets or something...  Popper... Something.
 
2014-03-10 07:08:40 PM
I've played around with balls somewhat.  Interestingly, while there are five platonic solids, they only represent two symmetry groups.
 
2014-03-10 07:10:37 PM

signaljammer: I've played around with balls somewhat.


go on ...
 
2014-03-10 07:12:22 PM
Ukrainian Easter eggs without harming any chickens
 
2014-03-10 07:12:41 PM

xcheopis: Russ1642: So are they hollow or built on some kind of frame? They must be or they wouldn't be so round as thread just doesn't have any compressive strength, only tensile strength.

She may well use a frame while making them but not necessarily. Little tiny knots are surprisingly strong, e.g., Persian rugs.


String is strong only in a tensile fashion, but not compressive. You'd need to be bending thick cord in weird ways to get it to want to push out into a sphere. If these things were just string and hollow they'd collapse in on themselves and not be so perky like they're inflated.
 
2014-03-10 07:14:37 PM

vudukungfu: Ukrainian Easter eggs without harming any chickens


Because laying an egg kills the chicken.
 
2014-03-10 07:15:42 PM
I bet if you break one open a small animal pops out to be your sidekick and say witty catch phrases.
 
2014-03-10 07:18:46 PM

Russ1642: xcheopis: Russ1642: So are they hollow or built on some kind of frame? They must be or they wouldn't be so round as thread just doesn't have any compressive strength, only tensile strength.

She may well use a frame while making them but not necessarily. Little tiny knots are surprisingly strong, e.g., Persian rugs.

String is strong only in a tensile fashion, but not compressive. You'd need to be bending thick cord in weird ways to get it to want to push out into a sphere. If these things were just string and hollow they'd collapse in on themselves and not be so perky like they're inflated.


Reading the Wiki on temari, it looks like the balls are filled with something, and the embroidery is just the skin.
 
2014-03-10 07:19:46 PM
Also FYI, you can get hand-made temari off of Etsy.
https://www.etsy.com/search?q=temari&ship_to=US
 
2014-03-10 07:22:27 PM

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Russ1642: xcheopis: Russ1642: So are they hollow or built on some kind of frame? They must be or they wouldn't be so round as thread just doesn't have any compressive strength, only tensile strength.

She may well use a frame while making them but not necessarily. Little tiny knots are surprisingly strong, e.g., Persian rugs.

String is strong only in a tensile fashion, but not compressive. You'd need to be bending thick cord in weird ways to get it to want to push out into a sphere. If these things were just string and hollow they'd collapse in on themselves and not be so perky like they're inflated.

Reading the Wiki on temari, it looks like the balls are filled with something, and the embroidery is just the skin.


Just to add, it looks like "rice hulls" are the traditional stuffing material.
 
2014-03-10 07:29:16 PM

vudukungfu: signaljammer: I've played around with balls somewhat.

go on ...

I
I'd recommend any title on the topic by the late/great Don Coxeter.  He was a pal of MC Escher and Buckminster Fuller.  I suppose he gave them both a few tips.  Oh, to have been a fly on the wall. . .
 
2014-03-10 07:35:33 PM

signaljammer: I'd recommend any title on the topic by the late/great Don Coxeter.  He was a pal of MC Escher and Buckminster Fuller.

He also (re)discovered the 4-dimensional 11-cell polytope. Pretty cool.
 
2014-03-10 07:36:47 PM

Russ1642: vudukungfu: Ukrainian Easter eggs without harming any chickens

Because laying an egg kills the chicken.


I think he meant the future chicken in the shell.  Then again he could be an idiot.
 
2014-03-10 07:37:32 PM

traylor: Her Flickr photostream is extremely worth checking out.

I like her squid purse so much.

[img.fark.net image 599x599]


A squid... suuuure...
 
2014-03-10 07:41:39 PM

Russ1642: So are they hollow or built on some kind of frame? They must be or they wouldn't be so round as thread just doesn't have any compressive strength, only tensile strength.


The core is usually made of scraps of fabric then wound around and around with yarn, then with thread. The surface is divided evenly then embroidered.
Source: I've made temari before.

/no, they weren't nearly so gorgeous.
 
2014-03-10 07:56:28 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Whoa.


That is exactly what I said when I saw the first one.
 
2014-03-10 08:16:05 PM
They are very cool. But "lol, nature?" That's a stretch.
 
2014-03-10 08:23:48 PM
WTF, how does she even do that? Is she a robot? Very cool.
 
2014-03-10 08:25:58 PM
Thank you.

I want most of these. I want a wall of them. All different.

/subby
 
2014-03-10 08:29:13 PM
That would make one hell of a Christmas tree.
 
2014-03-10 08:54:27 PM
Amazeballs
 
2014-03-10 08:58:18 PM
Fantastic. Great find, subby
 
2014-03-10 09:07:44 PM
These are stunning !  I wonder if they could be made with the foam balls you find at crafting stores (rather than fabric and string in the middle).
 
2014-03-10 09:09:35 PM

Oh-Blonde-One: These are stunning !  I wonder if they could be made with the foam balls you find at crafting stores (rather than fabric and string in the middle).


I answered my own question: http://www.temari.com/tips.htm.  The ones from the article are much prettier than the ones on the website IMHO.
 
2014-03-10 09:12:51 PM

Oh-Blonde-One: These are stunning !  I wonder if they could be made with the foam balls you find at crafting stores (rather than fabric and string in the middle).


Yes. I made a very simple temari ball when I was a kid. Just cover the whole thing with thread.
 
2014-03-10 09:14:49 PM

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Also FYI, you can get hand-made temari off of Etsy.
https://www.etsy.com/search?q=temari&ship_to=US


And thanks for that link too - fun stuff

/first thanks go to subby
 
2014-03-10 09:45:43 PM
OMG they are amazing and adorable!  I like balls.
 
2014-03-10 10:19:29 PM

Loadmaster: signaljammer: I'd recommend any title on the topic by the late/great Don Coxeter.  He was a pal of MC Escher and Buckminster Fuller.
He also (re)discovered the 4-dimensional 11-cell polytope. Pretty cool.


Thanks for that--made my day!  HSM C's loyalty to Schlafli was touching.  I will check into this further when I have time tomorrow.
 
2014-03-10 10:25:22 PM
Knitter, please.
 
2014-03-10 10:50:51 PM

JRoo: Amazeballs


And why wasn't THIS the headline.
 
2014-03-10 11:31:07 PM
'Twas the Night of the King's Castration: the last of the Royal Balls was coming off. All the counts, discounts and no-'ccounts were sitting around the throne room slinging camel-shiat, for in those days, bull-shiat was as yet unknown.
...
When the King saw this, he cried, "Balls!"; not because he had to, but because he had two. And the Queen replied, "Balls!? If I had two, I could be King!"
 
2014-03-11 12:20:27 AM
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Sorry but these are cooler
 
2014-03-11 01:58:31 AM
quick, someone commission her to weave an eye of sauron
 
2014-03-11 03:36:18 AM
The octahedron and the Johnson solid the icosadodecahedron are the only 3d polyhedra for which the Schlafli polygon is planar.  In this sense, the icosadodecahedron is the best exemplar of the second symmetry group.

//up all night
//talkin' balls
 
2014-03-11 07:17:04 AM
i26.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-11 11:42:44 AM

GungFu: Meanwhile...

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Fark yeah!


Made me think of one of our local town's claims to fame:

landingaday.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-11 12:59:24 PM

Pangea: GungFu: Meanwhile...

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Fark yeah!

Made me think of one of our local town's claims to fame:

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You should get up with Traverse City, MI and their worlds largest pie tin and have a cook out or something.
 
2014-03-11 08:39:14 PM
 
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