I have a growing list of crafts to "conquer" and Temari is near the top. It is a Japanese toy with a rich history and tradition which you can read all about here. There are different methods of construction, but basically a ball is wrapped tightly with a layer of thread and then embroidered. They can be simple or extremely complicated and the possibilities are endless! This Temari how-to book is currently hanging out on my wish list.
Great examples of Temari are not hard to find - here are just a few that I came across: