Temari with Wendy Arbeit

  • 12 Nov 2022
  • 19 Nov 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • 12 Nov 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (HST)
  • 19 Nov 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (HST)
  • Downtown Art Center, Orange Room, 1041 Nuuanu Ave., Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96817
  • 8



Register Online Now through November 5, 2022.

Join us for Temari with Wendy Arbeit.

Temari are colorful, Japanese thread balls used for decoration. Originally crafted from scraps of rags as toys (hand-balls) for children, they have become an exquisite art-form and are quite beautiful when wrapped with threads in stunning geometric patterns. Temari make great gifts for special occasions.

In this class for beginners, students will learn about the history of temari and how to make three basic designs suitable for holiday décor.

You'll learn how to establish the background color, how to make four and eight-division grids, and how to make three designs. Wendy will bring some temari she made to astound you with their beauty.

To make the most of class time, students will lay the backgrounds on two of the balls between classes.

There will be a $14 supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class for 3 felt balls, ribbon, embroidery thread, metallic thread, perle cotton thread and needles. Instructor will provide all materials.

What to bring:

  • $14 supply fee
  • Scissors 

Instructor Bio

Wendy Arbeit received an MA in Art from Columbia University. She started making crafts from an early age and continued after her degree by learning the traditional arts of beading, back-strap weaving, basket making, and twining from Iroquois, Mexican, and Pacific island people. She learned sashiko and temari from Japanese books at a time when none were available in English and kumihimo at a Japan-sponsored program.

She has written four traditional-craft related books, What Are Fronds For? a manual for plaiting coconut fronds; Baskets in Polynesia, a survey of central Polynesian baskets; Tapa in Tonga, an introduction to Tongan barkcloth; and finally the award-winning, Links to the Past: the Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans, a compendium of 1000 objects made within 50 years of Western contact.

Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.

MAP Downtown Art Center Parking in building, Chinatown Gateway Garage, enter on Bethel Street. Weekday rate: $3.00 for two hours, $1.50 for additional 30 minutes. Weekend rate: $.50 for 30 minutes, maximum fee of $3.00.  All Day weekday pass: park your car before 10 am, take your ticket back up to the person in the kiosk and request the $10 all day pass.  All transactions in cash. 

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