“Great Balls of Fire” Kimekomi Ornaments

My latest creation was inspired by the blazing hot summer sun many of us have been feeling this month. That, and the song Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis that I haven’t been able to get out of my head.

I started out with a simple idea of drawing a random freehand abstract pattern on a ball and then use red, orange and yellow fabric to mimic swirling fire. I wasn’t 100% satisfied with my first ornament (seen below on the right) so I made a second (on the left) with a more flame like design and I used only hues of yellow and orange.

Don’t think you are limited to straight lines and geometric shapes when making your kimekomi ornaments. Think outside the box and get creative with freehand drawing.

Jack-O’-lantern Ornament

Just in time for Halloween!

This ornament was easy, fun and quick. It only took me a few hours to make.
And, I think it looks great on my bookshelf!

Materials Used:

  • one 80mm smooth foam ball
  • orange cotton fabric
  • black cotton fabric
  • gold cord
  • 9mm wide green ribbon
  • one green plum blossom sequin
  • corsage pin
  • glue

Tools Used:


Directions:

  1. Draw lines on foam ball dividing it into 6 equal sections.
  2. Cut out 6 panels of orange fabric. The panels should measure just a little larger than each section on your ball.
  3. Draw your Jack-O’-lantern face on the foam.
  4. Cut out 4 pieces of black fabric in roughly the size of the eyes, nose and mouth you drew. Leave lots of extra on your pieces so there is enough for tucking. The excess can be cut off as you tuck.
  5. Cut along all lines drawn.
  6. Cover the eyes, nose and mouth of your Jack-O’-lantern with black fabric, tucking the fabric into the cuts along your drawn lines. You may use glue to secure your fabric on the foam. Just make sure the glue doesn’t seep through the fabric.
  7. Once the face is finished, cover the rest of the foam with the orange fabric panels. You will need to cut holes to allow the face to show. Be sure to leave enough fabric for tucking. I like to cut the holes for the face as I go, as opposed to trying to do it before hand. There is less chance of cutting off to much.
  8. Once all the fabric is in place, outline the black fabric with gold cord to emphasize the face. Use glue to secure it in place. You may also use gold pins if you have them available.
  9. Finish your ornament by threading a green plum blossom sequin on a corsage pin, then the green hanging ribbon and lastly the green bow. Dip the pin in glue and pin it to the top of the ball.

As you can see in the picture above, I drew the eyes a little too small and the mouth should be higher, closer to the nose. However, even though it’s flawed, I think it’s really cute. The small eyes make it look like it’s squinting because it’s smile is so big. I think it has character. I’m sure yours will too.

Falling Leaves Ornament

This week’s ornament is a basic design inspired by the autumn season.


I started making this ornament using an autumn color scheme and then remembered that I had these gold leaves buried somewhere underneath a pile of unused supplies. I can’t remember where I purchased them, but you can find something similar at Cartwright’s.

Materials Used:

  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins in orange*, gold and green
  • red and gold glitter paint**
  • 6mm wide gold ribbon
  • two pearl topped corsage pins
  • two 8mm red sequins
  • 11 gold leaf sequins (approx 9mm X 1.5cm)
  • gold thread
  • glue

*purchased at Cartwright’s
**homemade using loose red glitter and gold glitter glue.

Directions:

  1. Pin gold ribbon in two perpendicular lines around the foam ball, sectioning the ball into 4 equal parts.
  2. Trace the gold ribbon on both sides with 5mm orange sequins.
  3. Then trace the orange rows of sequins with a line of alternating green and gold sequins.
  4. Paint the remaining visible foam with glitter paint. You may need several coats of paint to get an opaque look.
  5. Once the paint is dry, add the hanging ribbon and bow on the top of the ornament. Thread a green sequin and large red sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon and then the bow, in that order.
  6. Pin two gold leaves in each painted panel. One leaf pointing up the other pointing down.
  7. Thread 3 gold leaves onto a piece of gold thread.
  8. Tie the thread to a corsage pin. Thread a green and large red sequin on the pin, and pin it to the bottom of the ornament so the leaves hang down.

Orange Ornaments

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.