This week I’ve been playing around with the Double Combination 8 Division. It’s the latest in my series of combination division tutorials which can be found over on the Combination Divisions Page.
Over at temarikai.com they have printable diagrams of the various types of divisions. They are especially helpful in brainstorming new designs. For this ornament I printed out their double combo 8 diagram and started coloring in the sections. This is the result.
I used this pattern to create my latest kimekomi ornament “Kaleidoscope”. The diagram is the view from the north and south pole. Just repeat the pattern using 5 different colors of fabric using the kimekomi techinique.
Watch out for the orange diamonds. I combined 2 separate sections as one. It’s easiest to find that section and white out the dividing line before you start cutting the foam. Otherwise you might accidental cut where you don’t need to. Also, I didn’t use batting for this ornament because the sections are so small. You will need to white out those extra lines so they don’t show through the fabric.
It was a gloomy rainy weekend and I was feeling a bit low, so in an attempt to cheer myself up I made this ornament.
This ornament was quite simple to make. I used a compass to achieve a nice clean circle for the sun and nice clean arcs for the rainbow. Otherwise is was drawn freehand. I didn’t use batting underneath the fabric of this one, but to make the clouds truly puffy I pinned and glued some batting to the outside over the top of the white fabric. Silver cord outlines the rainbow, clouds and sun. Black sequins are pinned to the center of the sun to make a smiley face. I added a blue and white satin bow to the top as an extension of the sky.
So what do you think? Would you like to see more like this? Let me know in the comments.
The bright colors in this ornament remind me of party decorations.
one 80mm smooth foam ball
1/2 inch sequin pins*
3/4 inch sequin pins*
15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
5mm sequins in silver hologram*, light blue, light pink, light green, and light orange*
clear iridescent “opal” glitter glue
5mm wide ribbon in dark green, dark blue, hot pink, yellow and orange
four yellow pearl topped corsage pins
small smooth round clear iridescent beads
three larger smooth round clear iridescent beads
one 15mm silver hologram plum blossoms*
*purchased at Cartwright’s
First, pin one row of each color onto your foam ball as shown in the video. Make sure ribbon is evenly spaced.
Next, outline all ribbon in silver hologram sequins.
Then, add rows of colored sequins. Rows of light blue that trace the blue ribbon, rows of light pink that trace the hot pink ribbon and so on. I didn’t have yellow sequins so I used orange instead and it created a really nice effect.
Once all colored sequins have been placed fill in exposed foam with glitter glue.
Once glue has dried, add accent beads on the ribbon using your 3/4 inch pins. This gives the ornament some dimension.
Using a corsage pin, create the hanging ribbon with orange ribbon and the bow using individual loops of each color ribbon you used in the body of the ornament. I used two loops of each color to create an eight looped bow. Then secure the bow and hanging ribbon with two more corsage pins and accent beads at the top.
Lastly, add the bottom cap using a silver hologram plum blossom, one large clear iridescent bead, and a corsage pin.