I call this “Simple Four Crosses” because I use a simple 4 division and the ribbon and sequin pattern create 4 crosses on each side of the egg. This design is very versatile. I’ve made several Easter Eggs using this same basic design.
I call this “Simple Four Crosses” because I use a simple 4 division and the ribbon and sequin pattern create 4 crosses on each side of the egg.
Materials & Tools Needed:
ball point pen
tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
smooth foam egg, about the size of a standard chicken egg
First trace along the mold line using your tape measure as a straight edge. Then measure the height of your egg from the north pole to the south pole. Divided the height by 2 to find the midpoint. Mark the midpoint on both sides of the mold line. Next measure the distance horizontally between the mold line midpoints. Divide that number by 2 to find the center. Mark the center clearly on both sides of the egg. Draw a horizontal line connecting the the points on the mold line and the center points you just marked all the way around the egg. This creates an equator line. Next connect the north pole, center equator point and the south pole on both sides of the egg to finish your simple 4 division.
Cut foam along all lines.
Lay the cotton fabric over the top of each cut section and tuck in the edges.
Pin the satin ribbon around the egg covering all seams using the 3/4 inch pins.
Using the 1/4 inch pins, in sequins along both sides of the ribbon.
Thread a seed bead onto the pin first, then a sequin, dip the end in craft glue and then pin to the egg.
At each ribbon intersection along the equator, pin a small blue flower and large silver sequin.
Thread a seed bead onto a 3/4 inch pin, then a small blue flower, then the 1cm silver sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the ribbon.
At the bottom of the egg, thread a small blue flower sequin onto a pearl headed pin, and then a large silver sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the bottom ribbon intersection.
Top off your egg with a hanging ribbon and bow.
First thread a blue flower, then a large silver sequin to a pearl headed pin. Next tread on the hanging ribbon and last the bow. Your bow should have 4 loops. Adjust the size to you like. Dip the pin in glue and pin to the top of your egg.
This design is very versatile. Here are several more ornaments made using the same basic design.
Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 6 equal sections. Info on this is located on the tutorials page.
Set your compass to 2cm. Draw a circle at the top and bottom of your foam ball.
In each of the 6 sections, find the center point of the line you just drew and mark. Do this on both top and bottom of your ball as seen in the video.
Then, at the mold line. Set your compass to 1cm, place the compass point on one of the six vertical lines and mark the mold line on both sides of the drawn line, as shown in the video. You should have 2 marks on either side of each of the six vertical lines when you are finished.
Connect the dots as shown in the video to create 6 vertical diamond shapes inside the original 6 sections drawn.
Using your craft knife, cut the diamond shapes into the foam.
Cut 6 pieces of the patterned black and red fabric into diamond shapes, leaving extra fabric for tucking.
Tuck the fabric, covering the diamond shape as shown in the video. You may glue down the fabric if you wish but make sure that the glue doesn’t seep through the fabric.
Next, cover the top and bottom circles with the black floral fabric.
Then, cut out 6 rectangles of solid red fabric leaving enough extra fabric for tucking. Tuck as shown in the video, including the center line.
Next, pin gold sequins along the seams, covering all the seams.
Pin a filigree embellishment with a corsage pin to the bottom of the ornament.
Finish with a gold hanging ribbon and filigree embellishment pinned at the top with a corsage pin.
I hope you enjoy this design. Let me know what you think. Please leave a comment.
I’ve had a very busy week preparing for my first sale this Sunday, among other things.
I’ve been making signs and trying to figure out how I’m going to put the ornaments on display. It’s already Friday and I’m still not sure how I’m going to do it. Nothing like waiting till the last minute.
So, I don’t have a new video for you this week. Sorry. 🙁 But, I didn’t want to leave you totally empty handed. Here are three ornaments I just finished.
I love the color! I’ll have to keep this idea in mind for Easter next year. I think these would look great in an egg shape.
Next week I’ll have pictures of the sale and a new video for you.