Argyle Egg

I take inspiration for my designs from all kinds of places. This design was inspired by a series of novels I’m currently reading. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a historical romance about a woman who travels back in time and finds the love of her life in 18th century Scotland. I wanted to pay homage to a story that’s had me dreaming in tartan for the past several weeks. Argyle is a traditional Scottish pattern easily replicated on a kimekomi egg.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • strip of paper
  • liquid white out
  • glue stick
  • 14.5cm tall foam egg
  • purple, blue, black and white cotton fabric
  • 5mm pink and silver ribbon
  • 3/4 inch straight pins
  • 2 pearl topped corsage pins

Directions:

  1. Draw lines dividing the egg into 8 equal sections.
  2. Choose one line and mark 7 points on the line evenly spaced.
  3. Once all your points on the line are marked, use the strip of paper to copy the marks to all the other lines. If you did the Zigzag ornament you can use the same strip of marked paper for this ornament.
  4. Connect the dots in a diamond pattern (red lines).
  5. White out the vertical lines inside the diamonds.
  6. Cut all the remaining lines on your foam.
  7. Cut out the fabric using the patterns linked below. Just click on the PDF and then print. The color and number of pieces needed is written on the pattern.
  8. Argyle Fabric Patterns

  9. Glue the fabric over each diamond and tuck in the edges. You should end up with a color pattern like this:
  10. Pin the ribbon to the egg in a lattice pattern, over the fabric but not on the seams. It should look like this:
  11. Finish by adding 2 bows at the top of the egg.

Designs from 2009

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

Christmas Star

Deck the Halls

The holly leaves in this video were purchased at Cartwright’s.

Green & Gold

Sugar Plum

The honeycomb sequins in this video were purchased at Cartwright’s.