Temari (手まり) Ball Workshop in Brooklyn, NY

An In Person Workshop with Yoriko Yamamoto

Learn the Japanese folk art of Temari (手まり) ball making in this full-day workshop! Temari (hand-ball) was originally made in many households for children’s play. The stitched adornments carry well wishes and good omens. They are traditionally gifted to others as a sign of valued friendship.

As you learn Temari Ball assembly and pattern making, you will have the opportunity to connect deeply with sustainably sourced materials that have been thoughtfully collected and curated by our teacher, Yoriko. Many have shifted away from natural materials for the sake of convenience, but Yoriko’s approach recenters this tradition in impermanence, mindfulness, and quality. The maker’s kit, which you will work with and take home with you, includes threads that have been naturally dyed by Yoriko with colors harvested near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. The balls themselves will be made with organic rice husks that Yoriko sources from a local farm.

This particular Temari style requires intermediate sewing skills, but fear not if you’re a novice—Yoriko will guide you through simpler styles. 


Date + Time
Saturday, April 6th, 2024, 10 am – 5 pm ET

Tatter Textile Library: 505 Carroll Street, #2B, Brooklyn, NY 11215


Class Materials

An all inclusive maker’s kit will be provided with ticket purchase. This kit includes a ready-made Temari Ball for stitching and all the supplies to craft your own from scratch.


Yoriko Yamamoto

Yoriko Yamamoto (she/her) was born and raised in Tokyo and grew up making crafts with her mother in their family tea shop. She moved to San Francisco to study Art Education in graduate school.  She has continued to work with students of all ages, helping them to apply art to their daily life. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge about both contemporary art and practical arts, such as sewing and weaving. Yoriko is a full time Waldorf Handwork teacher and has been a plant dyer for more than a decade. She loves teaching Temari, a process she sees as a form of prayer, meditation, and well-wishing.@temariyori


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