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Poi Set Custom Starburst Poi Temari Flow Toy Spin Spinning

Poi Set Custom Starburst Poi Temari Flow Toy Spin Spinning

Regular price $370.75 USD
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If you've even seen someone spin poi or have spun them yourself, you know just how beautiful and magical it can be. This custom set of starburst poi are an elegant expression of flow. They are embroidered in the ancient Japanese technique called temari, a method of embroidering thread balls for children to play with since the fourteenth century. The technique seems naturally suited for poi, though the two have never been put together before. But what happens when you do combine the two?

Some of the most beautiful poi you've ever seen. Each poi is created around a weighted core ( if you prefer heavier or lighter poi, just tell us) with a paracord handle. Then they are wrapped with yarn to add bulk and a bit of squish, and finally with about 500 yards of sewing thread - each! After the poi are created and made perfectly round, the fun part happens. Metallic marking threads are laid down, and the colorful design is begun. Using eight different colors, the design is woven with a wheel-like center and then finished with matching metallic thread. This process can take up to 25 hours! Finally, the poi are completed, and handles are made and attached, all completely by hand. Poi heads are about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

These poi come as a set of two. Please pick your primary color - red in the picture. Your secondary as well - here we've got black. Then pick your metallic color - or select no thanks, if you'd rather not have one, and your base color (white pictured). Handles can be either knobs, loops embroidered with arabesques, or another design - just contact me and we'll work something out. Handles are adjustable and come approx. 38 inches long, so you can shorten as needed. The weight is customizable as well; if you don't have a preference we'll make them 4 oz. each. Shipping includes tracking and insurance.

These are made completely by hand, and therefore totally customizable! If you've got an idea, color scheme, or any questions, feel free to shoot me a message!

Care information

Linen handkerchiefs may be washed via delicate cycle in a washing machine (no bleach) or for best results, by hand. Iron hot, with steam, on the backside of the work. Any stitches pushed out of place from the iron can gently be prodded back into place. A cotton or mesh laundry bag will help protect your piece from getting snagged.

Temari should not be washed, just dusted if necessary. If needed, you can wet a cloth in hot water and wring it out quite well, and use that to spot-wash. Temari are made of fibers all the way through, so a wash or soak would mean that the inside would never dry.

Our embroidered blankets are made with wool, and should be handwashed gently in cool water.

Goldwork embroidery should only be washed by a professional. Other embroidery is best cleaned as for temari (especially framed hoop work) though wearable accessories may be put through the wash on a gentle cycle or hand washed.

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Embroidered letters in progress in hoop, a woman in a purple shirt is embroidering them by hand onto a linen handkerchief

Further Customization

Working by hand allows us to customize your order in ways not possible with an embroidery machine. For custom designs, click the Chat button at bottom right and let us know what you'd like.