St. Patrick’s Day is about a month away. If your anything like me then soon it will be time to find that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” tee that’s somewhere in the back of your closet. Oh… and we must not forget to add green food coloring to our grocery list. What is St. Patty’s Day without green beer? Of coarse my favorite way to celebrate any holiday is by making ornaments. Today’s post is one of my all time favorite ornaments. I really love how this one turned out!
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Divide your ball into 4 equal sections.
- (Optional: Trace around the equator mold line.)
- Cut out a paper heart about 3 to 4 centimeters tall.
- On one of the dividing lines, at the point where the line and equator line meet, trace the heart 3 times to create a shamrock shape. You can center the shamrock north and south, or you can do it off center like I did.
- White out the dividing lines inside each heart.
- Repeat steps 1-5 on the opposite side of the ball.
- Cut the shamrocks with your craft knife.
- Using your paper heart as a cutting pattern, cut out 6 hearts of quilt batting.
- Then cut out 6 hearts of solid green fabric. The fabric hearts should be about 1 cm larger all around than your paper heart.
- With your glue stick glue a piece of batting over one of the heart shapes in the shamrock.
- Lay a piece of solid green fabric over the top and tuck the edges into the foam. Repeat this for all heart shapes until your shamrocks are covered.
- Cut remaining vertical lines on the ball.
- Lay the patterned fabric over each of the remaining 4 sections and tuck into the foam. This is quite difficult since you must tuck around the shamrock. It’s best to tuck and cut as you go.
- Once all of your fabric is in place, pin sequins around the shamrocks. Thread one seed bead onto a 3/4 inch sequin pin and then a green sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the seam.
- Don’t forget to create a stem for your shamrocks with sequins.
- With the shamrock sequins, pin them around the large shamrocks, over the patterned fabric at random.
- Thread a bead onto a pearl headed pin, then the hanging ribbon, and then the bow, in that order. Create the bow using 2 loops of each shade of green ribbon you have. I made a 14 looped bow. Dip the pin in glue and pin to the top of the ball.
- Last, add the bottom cap using a bead and a corsage pin.
Last summer I started experimenting with Kimekomi and have since posted about 15 kimekomi designs. This week I decided to revisit my Six Petal Flower design.
Here is my original design:
You can find the instructions and a video for the original design here, or by visiting the archives page.
I made a few changes to the design.
I got rid of that circle that surrounds the central flower. You can easily do this by using white out to hide the lines drawn, or rather than drawing the entire circle you can just mark the points where the circle would have intersected the lines of your simple 6 division. I also used 2 colors of fabric on the sides rather than one continuous piece of fabric. It was actually much easier to keep the fabric smooth using 6 pieces of fabric rather than one, and added an extra element to the design.
Oh…and I’m thinking of another variation in my head right now. I’ll post it on Facebook and Twitter when I’m finished. Be sure to follow me so you don’t miss anything.
Several weeks ago I posted my “Flower Garden” Kimekomi Orament Video which showed you how you can create interesting kimekomi designs with the temari combination 8 division. These combination divisions are not just reserved for temari and kimekomi ornaments. You can also create great sequins and glitter ornaments.
Tools & Materials Needed:
- ballpoint pen
- tape measure
- drafting compass(optional)
- paint brush
- one 60mm smooth foam ball
- 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
- 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
- 5mm green sequins
- light blue glitter paint**
- 9mm wide green satin ribbon
- 16 pearl topped corsage pins
- 16 hot pink metallic plum blossom sequins
*purchased at Cartwright’s
**homemade, using loose glitter and clear iridescent glitter glue. See FAQ page for more info on how to make glitter paint.
- Draw combination 8 division lines on the foam ball. You can find directions on drawing the combo 8 division in Suess’ book Japanese Temari, or online at TemariKai.com. Rather than using pins and string to mark your ball, use a measuring tape and pen and draw your lines and dots directly onto the foam ball.
- Trace all lines drawn with green sequins, except leave about 1.5cm without sequins at each point where more than 2 lines intersect.
- Prep your glitter paint.
- Fill in all exposed foam with glitter paint and let dry.
- At each point where more than 2 lines intersect, pin a plum blossom sequin with a corsage pin.
- Finish your ornament by placing a bow and hanging ribbon at the top where you left some exposed foam. Thread a plum blossom sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow, in that order.
The most time consuming part of this ornament is waiting for the glitter paint to dry before moving onto the next step. You may need several coats of paint to get an opaque look.
I wasn’t completely happy with the color of the bow when I was finished so I removed it and added a purple bow.
For an even more interesting design change up the colors or use more than one color of glitter paint. Use star or holiday shaped sequins instead of flowers. There are so many possibilities.
This ornament combines the kimekomi (fabric) technique with sequins and glitter paint.
- three inch smooth foam ball
- cream colored silk fabric**
- 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
- 3/4 inch silver sequin pins*
- 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
- 5mm sequins in red, green and silver
- eighteen 7mm red sequins
- clear iridescent glitter glue
- red glitter
- 1/2cm red ribbon
- green cord
- four green single holly leaf sequins
- two pearl topped corsage pins
*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**Cotton fabric can be used in place of silk.
- Draw vertical lines on the ball dividing it into 8 equal sections.
- Measure from the top point of the ball, down a line toward the mold line of the ball (any line will do), one inch and mark it.
- Move one line to the right and do the same thing as in step 2 except this time measure two inches.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have each line marked.
- Connect the dots. Using your measuring tape as a straight edge, connect each point marked. You should have drawn what looks like a 4 point star when looking down at the top of your ball.
- Turn the ball over and repeat steps 1-5 on the bottom of the ball. However, this time you should shift the pattern over one line. So, if you measured one inch on the top of the ball, you should measure two inches on the same line on the bottom of the ball. The points on the bottom star will go in between the points of the top star. The space at the mold like in between the two stars will have a zig zag shape.
- Cut along the lines outlining the star at both the top and bottom of the ball. Also cut the lines within the star.
- Cover the stars with fabric using the kimekomi (tucking) technique.
- Once the stars are covered with fabric, tuck and glue green cord into the seams of the 8 lines that radiate from the center of the stars.
- Next, outline the stars with green sequins. At each point where you connected the dots, you should put one large red sequin.
- Next to the green line of sequins, place a red line of sequins. At the one inch connect points, place a green sequin. At the two inch connect points, circle the large red sequin with green sequins.
- Then place a solid silver line of sequins next to the red line of sequins. Be sure that the top and bottom patterns of sequins mirror each other.
- Mix clear iridescent glitter glue with red glitter to make the glitter paint. Paint the remaining exposed foam.
- In the middle of the bottom star, thread a large red sequin, then 4 holly sequins onto a corsage pin and pin to the center of the star. Fan the holly out so each leaf point is on a two inch line of cord and pin into place.
- At the top of the ornament, place the hanging ribbon and bow. On a corsage pin, thread a large red sequin, then the red hanging ribbon, then two loops of green cord then two loops of red ribbon and so on, until you have a pretty bow. Pin to the middle of the star at the top of the ball.
- Lastly, pin holly on each two inch line of cord just under the bow.
Happy Ornament Making!
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About a year before I started this site I started posting videos to YouTube. It occurred to me that maybe some of my new readers haven’t seen my old videos. So, today I’m featuring some videos from 2009.
I moved back to Japan around that time so I used a lot of J-Pop as background music. It’s fun, even when you have no idea what they’re saying. At least… I hope you think it’s fun. If not just turn down the volume. Also, the video quality isn’t great in some of these older videos. If you are really interested in a particular design but are having a hard time seeing exactly what I’m doing, send me an email and I will try to help you as best I can.
Silver & Blue Bell
Deck the Halls
The holly leaves in this video were purchased at Cartwright’s.
Green & Gold
The honeycomb sequins in this video were purchased at Cartwright’s.