“Kaleidoscope” Kimekomi Ornament

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.

Sunshine and Rainbows

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.

“Celebration” Ornament

The bright colors in this ornament remind me of party decorations.

Materials Used:

  • 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*
  • craft glue

*purchased at Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. First, pin one row of each color onto your foam ball as shown in the video. Make sure ribbon is evenly spaced.
  2. Next, outline all ribbon in silver hologram sequins.
  3. 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.
  4. Once all colored sequins have been placed fill in exposed foam with glitter glue.
  5. Once glue has dried, add accent beads on the ribbon using your 3/4 inch pins. This gives the ornament some dimension.
  6. 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.
  7. Lastly, add the bottom cap using a silver hologram plum blossom, one large clear iridescent bead, and a corsage pin.

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“Bubbles” Ornament

This design was inspired by the “Bubbles” screen saver on my computer. It’s super easy and quick to make. Once the glue dried it only took a few hours to finish.

Materials Used:

  • drafting compass
  • one 70mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins in various colors
  • clear iridescent “opal” glitter glue
  • silver ribbon
  • pearl topped corsage pin
  • 15mm hologram plum blossoms*

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. Paint foam ball with glitter glue and let dry.
  2. Using drafting compass set at a half inch radius, draw random circles all over the ball.
  3. Place the silver ribbon with the plum blossom sequin and corsage pin at the top as shown in the video.
  4. Using different colored sequins, trace the circles that you drew, each in a different color.

“Painting Flowers” Easter Egg

Materials Used:

  • 1 smooth foam egg (about 3 inches tall)
  • 1/2 inch gold sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins, various colors including green, pink, orange, purple, blue, etc.
  • clear iridescent glitter glue

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

If you can’t watch the video above please click here to watch it on Daily Motion.

Directions:

  1. Draw 6 curving lines of various length radiating from the top and bottom of the foam egg.
  2. Draw branches on the lines.
  3. At the head of each line make a flower, using one color sequin for the center of the flower and 5 sequins of a different color for the petals.
  4. You can also make buds at the head of shorter lines by using 2 or 3 colored sequins.
  5. Trace the lines with green sequins to make the stems.
  6. After the flower and vine pattern is complete, paint remaining exposed foam with glitter glue.**

**Feel free to paint the foam first before you do the sequin pattern.

Here’s another variation of this design using florescent yellow glitter paint.