This weekend, I spent some time with old friends working on our balls. Let me tell you, you'd think we're a bunch of teenagers the way we giggle about these, but who could help but giggle? I mean, if someone were just passing by and overheard even a third of what we mutter while we work, they'd be in stitches.
"How's your ball coming along?"
"How many balls do you have now?"
"My ball is driving me nuts! The stitches keep slipping around."
"I like to work a four-incher because those two-incher's are too difficult to hold."
"Really? You like the four-inchers? I prefer smaller balls."
"Here, take this needle and try it on your balls. It's the perfect length."
Seriously. We've said it all with straight faces and then it becomes too much and we fall over laughing.
If you're interested, these are called Temari thread balls and they aren't very difficult to stitch. One will usually take me about a day's work. There are loads of how-to books available on Amazon and elsewhere. Diana Vandervoort is my teacher and her designs are amazing.
And if you have to ask me what they're for, please don't. Because if you do, all I will tell you is that not everything has to be useful. Sometimes it is nice to make something beautiful just "because." (And it doesn't hurt that stitching these balls in a group can be, at times, hilarious.)