Argyle Egg

I take inspiration for my designs from all kinds of places. This design was inspired by a series of novels I’m currently reading. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a historical romance about a woman who travels back in time and finds the love of her life in 18th century Scotland. I wanted to pay homage to a story that’s had me dreaming in tartan for the past several weeks. Argyle is a traditional Scottish pattern easily replicated on a kimekomi egg.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • strip of paper
  • liquid white out
  • glue stick
  • 14.5cm tall foam egg
  • purple, blue, black and white cotton fabric
  • 5mm pink and silver ribbon
  • 3/4 inch straight pins
  • 2 pearl topped corsage pins


  1. Draw lines dividing the egg into 8 equal sections.
  2. Choose one line and mark 7 points on the line evenly spaced.
  3. Once all your points on the line are marked, use the strip of paper to copy the marks to all the other lines. If you did the Zigzag ornament you can use the same strip of marked paper for this ornament.
  4. Connect the dots in a diamond pattern (red lines).
  5. White out the vertical lines inside the diamonds.
  6. Cut all the remaining lines on your foam.
  7. Cut out the fabric using the patterns linked below. Just click on the PDF and then print. The color and number of pieces needed is written on the pattern.
  8. Argyle Fabric Patterns

  9. Glue the fabric over each diamond and tuck in the edges. You should end up with a color pattern like this:
  10. Pin the ribbon to the egg in a lattice pattern, over the fabric but not on the seams. It should look like this:
  11. Finish by adding 2 bows at the top of the egg.

2 Replies to “Argyle Egg”

  1. Hi Alyx,
    Sorry I haven’t checked in for a few months, for some reason I haven’t been online as much as I used to be. I was busy with family visiting from Scotland, doing some cross stitch (that I started 8 years ago 🙁 shame on me) and reading. Weird thing is, I’ve been reading the Outlander series, spooky to come on and find you’ve been doing the same. You will know by the size of the books why haven’t been online for months! Never occurred to me to listen and craft at the same time. I haven’t made any balls for months either as I was a bit disappointed with my finishing techniques. However, got the kimikomi book yesterday which made me check in here and you have re-inspired me again – I love how you do that, thank you.
    Hope all is well with you and that Claire and Jamie are keeping you entertained!

    1. Thanks for checking in Julie. I’ve been busy too. I’ve hardly had time for Jamie and Claire recently. Trying to get through Drums of Autumn now. It’s a thick one.
      That kimekomi book is great. I think you will really like it.

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