I don't think it's possible to feel more inspired by something more than I'm inspired by Temari (the Japanese art of yarn balls) right now. Seriously, I am officially obsessed. There is just something about these....especially when the colors are so simple and controlled (like the one I marked up there) that makes me want to wrap everything I see, hear, smell, experience, in multicolored yarn...Installation art, anyone?
Anyway, I spent a long time finding these images-- because it seems like most people who make Temari are so in love with color and texture that they simply cannot stand taking a pulled back macro shot on a calm background... so, to all you Temari makin' folks out there...pull back and defocus the background to better show off your amazing work, please!
Ok, here is where I found these images and more.
And, for a totally insane Temari Treat visit Temari By Becky on flickr.
Read an iinterview straight from a temari-maker at Waterrose (thanks Rose, for the link!)
If you simply must have your own, check out all of the incredible Temari balls for sale on Etsy.