Some observers detect a Celtic motif in this
ball, but the black crosses on my newer example
remind me of the Netherlands' capital -- the
of Amsterdam has nothing to do with its lascivious
reputation -- instead, it represents three catastrophes
that ravaged the city: Fire, Plague and Pestilence. If
the ball is visualized with a cube overlay, there's six
crosses, one on each face. (Like most images on this site,
these are thumbnails -- click to "zoom.")
Beginning with the 45° - 90° - x-y-zform some call the
"8-complex," two auxilliary threads are added on each axis -- in
the example, these additional threads are silver. The first pair
have been added here.
The second pair of auxilliary threads has been added.
All three pairs of auxilliary threads added; starting the first cross.
Some crosses are complete; the one facing the camera is almost
finished. On the right, the original example of this type of
ball -- its crosses are not monochrome, but a different color
for each axis.
More temari at this site: a visit to
Town Matsumoto, in the Japanese Alps.
visit the mothership at