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.
It’s been a week since the biggest recorded earthquake in Japan’s history hit. I am extremely lucky to live outside the area that has been directly effected. I never lost power or water, and the only issues have been scheduled blackouts and irregular train service. So far these issues have had little effect on my daily life. Life is starting to feel normal again, aside from the occasional aftershock. So without further ado, here is my latest creation.
This idea came from a doodle pattern I used to draw all over my notebooks when I was in high school.
I added the sequins, beads and bow to give it my own special flair.
I don’t own the rights to this design and so I’m not going to tell you how to make it. I will however encourage you to take a look at this book if you haven’t already. This is just one of their sixteen basic designs.
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heart shaped sequins of different shape sizes and color
I used the Valentine Mix* from Cartwright’s, as well as some other heart sequins I found at my local 100 yen shop in Japan. Both pictured below.
Find the top of your ball and mark it with a pen.
Paint your foam ball with glitter glue and let dry.
Randomly pin heart sequins around the top of the ball, leaving a space for pinning a bow at the top later, and winding down the ball in a random pattern. The hearts should touch each other and not all face in one specific direction, interconnecting like mosaic tiles. I suggest putting a spot of glue on the back of each heart as you pin.
Once you are satisfied with the pattern of hearts on your ball, make a bow and hanging ribbon, and pin to the top of the ornament.
For an extra embellishment I threaded 2 pearl beads on each of 4 corsage pins and pinned them at the center of the bow.
That’s it! Super easy. The hardest part for was waiting for the glue to dry. Sometimes when inspiration strikes I’m not so patient.