Sequin Swirls

This idea came from a doodle pattern I used to draw all over my notebooks when I was in high school.

Materials & Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • glue stick
  • 14.5cm tall foam egg
  • navy blue and red cotton fabric
  • 5mm gold and silver hologram sequins*
  • 1/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Basic Instructions:

  1. Draw 2 perpendicular lines circling your egg vertically, dividing it into 4 equal sections.
  2. Cut foam along lines.
  3. Glue and tuck fabric on each panel alternating colors red and blue.
  4. Pin sequins on top of the fabric in a random swirl pattern. I did half in gold swirls and the other half in silver.

Earthquake Update

Hello Ornament Lovers,

As you may know I live in Japan. 2 days ago we had an extremely strong Earthquake off the north eastern coast of the country which created a huge tsunami. Luckily my family, friends and I are safe. Not so for thousands who lost everything. Please donate to Red Cross and help those in need.

American Red Cross

British Red Cross

Australian Red Cross

Life is going to be difficult for the next several weeks. Scheduled blackouts are going to make it hard to post. I have a design almost ready and hopefully I will be able to get it posted later this week. In the mean time please send your prayers and positive energy this way. There are lots of good people here that need it.

Book Review: Japanese Temari by Barbara B. Suess

The first time I ever saw temari was way back in 2002 when I first moved to Japan. A friend gave me one for my birthday that year and it became one of my most prized possessions. I often wondered how it was made but convinced myself that it was too complicated for me to learn. I was so wrong.

Today I made my first temari ball with the help of Barbara Suess’ book Japanese Temari. I bought this book because I had such wonderful success with her other book Japanese Kimekomi. Similar to her other book, Barbara includes a short history of temari, a list of tools and supplies you will need, basic temari instruction, including everything you need to know about making the base thread ball and the different types of stitches used to create each of her beautiful designs. The book contains 25 designs you can recreate yourself, in order of difficulty. The instructions are straightforward and include colored illustrations to aid in the reader’s understanding.

I’ve never embroidered in my life but Barbara’s easy to follow stitch guide taught me the basics. I highly recommend this book to beginners.

Here is my first temari!

I used the Autumn Moon design for this ball. It’s the 2nd design in the book. I made a few changes as I went along just for the fun of it.

If you already have this book, what do you think? Let’s discuss it in the comments!

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