One of the things that I have really enjoyed doing over the years is making Temari Balls. This is a craft that goes back to the eighth century in both China and Japan. The embroidery work was done with silk thread. These balls started out with a styrofoam ball. I wrapped them with a spool of sewing thread each. I then divided the ball into even sections. The embroidery work is done with pearl cotton and is stitch to the thread. I also like to use some metallic thread in the designs. Besides having a bowl of them around to enjoy they also make wonderful ornaments.