“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.

Sequin Swirls

This idea came from a doodle pattern I used to draw all over my notebooks when I was in high school.

Materials & Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • glue stick
  • 14.5cm tall foam egg
  • navy blue and red cotton fabric
  • 5mm gold and silver hologram sequins*
  • 1/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Basic Instructions:

  1. Draw 2 perpendicular lines circling your egg vertically, dividing it into 4 equal sections.
  2. Cut foam along lines.
  3. Glue and tuck fabric on each panel alternating colors red and blue.
  4. Pin sequins on top of the fabric in a random swirl pattern. I did half in gold swirls and the other half in silver.

Hearts and Diamonds

Here’s another design from Suess and Hewitt’s book Japanese Kimekomi.

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.

“Random Hearts” Valentine’s Ornament

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • craft glue
  • 3 inch smooth foam ball
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 3/4 inch sequin pins*
  • clear iridescent glitter glue
  • red, pink and white ribbon
  • I used 9mm red and pink, and 4mm white.

  • five pearl topped corsage pins
  • eight 5mm pearl beads
  • 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.

Valentine Mix from Cartwright's

Directions:

  1. Find the top of your ball and mark it with a pen.
  2. Paint your foam ball with glitter glue and let dry.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.