Hi! I’m Alyx. I love creating unique Sequined and Kimekomi Ornaments that will become treasured family heirlooms for years to come. I started making sequined ornaments when I was a teenager with my mother’s encouragement. Here are some pictures of those early ornaments. My mother still hangs them on her tree every year. After moving to Japan I discovered the art of Kimekomi and it has become my preferred technique.
Ornament Designs started back in early 2009 when I made a time laps video of myself making a sequined ornament and posted it to YouTube. That was the beginning of what has now become a YouTube channel with over 8000 subscribers, this website and more.
What is Kimekomi?
Kimekomi is my current favorite technique for making ornaments. A pattern is drawn and then cut onto a surface, such as soft wood or smooth polystyrene foam. Fabric is then placed over the pattern and tucked into the cuts. It was developed in the 18th century in Japan as a doll making technique. Kimekomi literally means “to tuck into a groove”.
All of the ornaments on this site are of my own design unless otherwise stated. I take great pride in the creation of each ornament with special attention to detail. If you are interested in purchasing an ornament please visit my shop (coming soon). I sell completed ornaments as well as tutorials, kits and supplies. I also have shops on both Amazon and Etsy.
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Quick Facts About Me:
- I grew up in Houston, Texas.
- I originally came to Japan to teach English with the JET Program and that’s how I met my Japanese husband.
- I’ve lived in various parts of Japan for about 10 years. I am currently located in Yokohama, Japan.
- I love traveling and snowboarding.
- My favorite quotes:
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Ben Franklin
“We’re all stories, in the end… just make it a good one, eh?” -The Doctor, Doctor Who
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