I love the fat quarter bins at my local craft store. Sometimes when I’m having a creative block, all I have to do is go browse the bins to find inspiration. I was lucky to find several colors of satin and a few different types of tulle recently. My favorite is the black satin and this beautiful black and gold tulle. I knew that when I combined the two it would have a really beautiful effect, turning a simple 6 division kimekomi into something special.
The satin has very little stretch and is more difficult to tuck than cotton fabric. The tulle tends to slip around a lot on top of the satin and It will take some practice and patience working with these fabrics in combination. The tulle wasn’t very secure before the sequins were pinned into the seam. The sequins helps hold the tulle in place. Ribbon would do the same. If you tuck all the extra on the edges into the foam rather than trim it off it slips less.
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
tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
strip of paper
liquid white out
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
Draw lines dividing the egg into 8 equal sections.
Choose one line and mark 7 points on the line evenly spaced.
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.
Connect the dots in a diamond pattern (red lines).
White out the vertical lines inside the diamonds.
Cut all the remaining lines on your foam.
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.
I added the sequins, beads and bow to give it my own special flair.
I don’t own the rights to this design and so I’m not going to tell you how to make it. I will however encourage you to take a look at this book if you haven’t already. This is just one of their sixteen basic designs.
Pin red velvet ribbon in two perpendicular lines around the foam ball, sectioning the ball into 4 equal parts.
Pin 9mm silver ribbon in two perpendicular lines, between the red ribbon, sectioning the ball into 8 equal parts.
Trace all ribbon with 5mm black sequins.
Paint the remaining visible foam with glitter glue. You may need several coats.
Once the glitter is dry, add the hanging ribbon and bow on the top of the ornament. Thread a large silver sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon and then the bow, in that order. I used both 6mm silver ribbon and red velvet in the bow. Alternate two loops of red, then two or silver, and so on.
Next, thread a green sunburst onto a corsage pin, then a pearl bead, then a silver kaleidoscope and pin to the center of the red velvet ribbon.
Repeat step 6 on remaining 3 sides of ball and on the bottom.