Simple Four Crosses Sequined Kimekomi Easter Egg

I call this “Simple Four Crosses” because I use a simple 4 division and the ribbon and sequin pattern create 4 crosses on each side of the egg.

Materials & Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • smooth foam egg, about the size of a standard chicken egg
  • blue floral cotton fabric
  • dark blue 5mm slightly cupped sequins*
  • 1/4 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 2 blue pearl topped corsage pins
  • six 1cm silver hologram sequins
  • six 5mm blue hologram flower sequins
  • light blue satin ribbon
  • craft glue

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Instructions:

  1. Divide your egg into 4 equal sections.
  2. First trace along the mold line using your tape measure as a straight edge. Then measure the height of your egg from the north pole to the south pole. Divided the height by 2 to find the midpoint. Mark the midpoint on both sides of the mold line. Next measure the distance horizontally between the mold line midpoints. Divide that number by 2 to find the center. Mark the center clearly on both sides of the egg. Draw a horizontal line connecting the the points on the mold line and the center points you just marked all the way around the egg. This creates an equator line. Next connect the north pole, center equator point and the south pole on both sides of the egg to finish your simple 4 division.

  3. Cut foam along all lines.
  4. Lay the cotton fabric over the top of each cut section and tuck in the edges.
  5. Pin the satin ribbon around the egg covering all seams using the 3/4 inch pins.
  6. Using the 1/4 inch pins, in sequins along both sides of the ribbon.
  7. Thread a seed bead onto the pin first, then a sequin, dip the end in craft glue and then pin to the egg.

  8. At each ribbon intersection along the equator, pin a small blue flower and large silver sequin.
  9. Thread a seed bead onto a 3/4 inch pin, then a small blue flower, then the 1cm silver sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the ribbon.

  10. At the bottom of the egg, thread a small blue flower sequin onto a pearl headed pin, and then a large silver sequin. Dip in glue and pin to the bottom ribbon intersection.
  11. Top off your egg with a hanging ribbon and bow.
  12. First thread a blue flower, then a large silver sequin to a pearl headed pin. Next tread on the hanging ribbon and last the bow. Your bow should have 4 loops. Adjust the size to you like. Dip the pin in glue and pin to the top of your egg.

This design is very versatile. Here are several more ornaments made using the same basic design.

Satin and Tulle Video

I love the fat quarter bins at my local craft store. Sometimes when I’m having a creative block, all I have to do is go browse the bins to find inspiration. I was lucky to find several colors of satin and a few different types of tulle recently. My favorite is the black satin and this beautiful black and gold tulle. I knew that when I combined the two it would have a really beautiful effect, turning a simple 6 division kimekomi into something special.

The satin has very little stretch and is more difficult to tuck than cotton fabric. The tulle tends to slip around a lot on top of the satin and It will take some practice and patience working with these fabrics in combination. The tulle wasn’t very secure before the sequins were pinned into the seam. The sequins helps hold the tulle in place. Ribbon would do the same. If you tuck all the extra on the edges into the foam rather than trim it off it slips less.

Combination 8 Glitter Ornament

Update:
When I originally posted this I didn’t realize I was doing an 8 division wrong. I now have 2 types of 8 division instructions. Alyx’s 8 division and Normal 8 division. This one uses Alyx’s 8. You can find videos for both on the Combination Divisions Page.

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Several weeks ago I posted my “Flower Garden” Kimekomi Orament Video which showed you how you can create interesting kimekomi designs with the temari combination 8 division. These combination divisions are not just reserved for temari and kimekomi ornaments. You can also create great sequins and glitter ornaments.

Tools & Materials Needed:

  • ballpoint pen
  • tape measure
  • glue
  • drafting compass(optional)
  • paint brush
  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm green sequins
  • light blue glitter paint**
  • 9mm wide green satin ribbon
  • 16 pearl topped corsage pins
  • 16 hot pink metallic plum blossom sequins

*purchased at Cartwright’s
**homemade, using loose glitter and clear iridescent glitter glue. See FAQ page for more info on how to make glitter paint.

Directions:

  1. Draw combination 8 division lines on the foam ball. You can find directions on drawing the combo 8 division in Suess’ book Japanese Temari, or online at TemariKai.com. Rather than using pins and string to mark your ball, use a measuring tape and pen and draw your lines and dots directly onto the foam ball.
  2. Trace all lines drawn with green sequins, except leave about 1.5cm without sequins at each point where more than 2 lines intersect.
  3. Prep your glitter paint.
  4. Fill in all exposed foam with glitter paint and let dry.
  5. At each point where more than 2 lines intersect, pin a plum blossom sequin with a corsage pin.
  6. Finish your ornament by placing a bow and hanging ribbon at the top where you left some exposed foam. Thread a plum blossom sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow, in that order.

The most time consuming part of this ornament is waiting for the glitter paint to dry before moving onto the next step. You may need several coats of paint to get an opaque look.

I wasn’t completely happy with the color of the bow when I was finished so I removed it and added a purple bow.

For an even more interesting design change up the colors or use more than one color of glitter paint. Use star or holiday shaped sequins instead of flowers. There are so many possibilities.

Easter Egg Sagemon

Hey everyone! I know it’s been several weeks since my last post. I just started a new part-time job teaching English to kindergarten kids and have been busy with training and my first lessons. We’ve also been experiencing strong aftershocks here in Japan. We had a 5 + as I was writing this post. Life is still a little weird and it’s been difficult getting back into my old routine. Anyway, enough excuses.

Introducing Japanese Sagemon!


In the time of the Samurai, in castles and wealthy households, nannies made sagemon for the children in their care to enjoy. Sagemon literally means “hanging stuff” in Japanese. They are mobiles made of traditional Japanese toys and may included temari, kimekomi balls and little fabric dolls of popular insects, birds, fish, etc. A mobile with 50 hanging toys was made for a child in hope that he or she would live 50 years, which during the Edo period was full life expectancy. Each ornament and doll had a meaning of some kind. For example, a cicada has a relatively long life for an insect, living 7 years underground, and when they emerge from the ground their noisy singing means they are strong and healthy. Just as the strong cries of a baby at birth is a sign of good health. There is even a specific order the different items should be hung in. Birds and flying things should be hung at the top, and so on. (Info translated from http://sagemon.net/sandai/)

Nowadays they are typically hung for Hina Matsuri, aka Doll Festival or Girls Festival and the traditional meanings behind this ancient craft have been lost within the general population. However, they are still a popular craft and the craft stores carry kits for simple sagemon, as well as individual kits for the little cloth animals, simple temari, and kimekomi balls.

I’m not so interested in the little fabric dolls. They are cute but not really my thing. I did however like the idea of hanging ornaments in a mobile. Why just hang ornaments on a tree or put them in a basket? Let’s think outside the basket!

Since it’s April, I decided to make an Easter Egg Sagemon. Luckily the small foam eggs I use already have holes in them.

I made 10 random Easter egg ornaments of varying styles and colors, using designs and techniques I have shown you in previous posts. I then strung them onto 4 pieces of thin cord, along with some beads, and attached them to a hoop using tape.

I used a thicker cord for the top hangers. I measured the diameter of the hoop and cut the thick cord twice as long. I then I sewed the cords together in a cross and taped the ends to the hoop.

I then strung a key ring at the cross point and tied a bow of pink cord around the hanging cords to create a loop.

The hoop I used was originally intended as a handle for a handbag. The clear plastic hoops were much cheaper than embroidery hoops or the hoops being sold specifically for sagemon. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to use because you’re going to cover it up anyway. I used a long piece of wide white ribbon to wrap the hoop. I sewed the end of the ribbon on the inside of the hoop with white thread.

Then I remembered I had this green beaded fringe from a project I did years ago. I sewed the fringe to the ribbon on the outside of the hoop.

That’s pretty much it! Add some silk flowers or stuffed bunny’s and chicks if you wish. Hang a large egg in the center. There are so many possibilities. Be creative and have fun.

May I also suggest you do a Google image search for “sagemon” or “さげもん”. You might be able to copy and paste those Japanese letters into your search bar. There are hundreds of wonderful pictures to gain inspiration from.

Got a question about this or another project? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Picture Window Easter Egg

White rabbits are a common theme in Japanese art. Apparently, it comes from an ancient Japanese myth about rabbit that lives on the moon and makes mochi (Japanese rice cakes). The Japanese also adopted the Chinese zodiac in ancient times and according to that calender 2011 is the year of the hare. I’ve encountered a lot rabbit motif fabric in my search through the fat quarter bins at my local craft store. I bought some of this fabric earlier this year knowing it would be perfect for Easter.

The little rabbits on the fabric I got were perfect for a small picture window egg. I’ve seen picture window ornaments in various shapes and sizes throughout my kimekomi research. It’s a very common design. I was inspired by what I have seen others do but I came up with the “how-to” totally on my own. You can easily change the measurements to change the size and shape of your window.

Materials & Tools Needed:

  • ball point pen
  • tape measure
  • craft knife
  • tucking tool (I use a straight upholstery needle)
  • liquid whiteout
  • glue stick
  • smooth foam egg
  • cotton fabric, one with a rabbit theme and another complimentary pattern and color
  • 5mm sequins in the complimentary color of your choice
  • 1/4 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 2 pearl topped corsage pins
  • 2 plum blossom sequins in the complimentary color of your choice

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Basic Instructions:

  1. Divide your egg into 8 equal sections.
  2. Using your tape measure, measure the height of your egg from the top point to the bottom point. Divided the height by 2 to find the midpoint.
  3. Mark the midpoint on every other line.
  4. Divide your midpoint by 2 to find the quarter point.
  5. Mark the quarter point twice, once measured from the top and once from the bottom, on the lines without midpoint marks.
  6. Using your tape measure as a straight edge, connect the dots. Midpoints to quarter points, creating diamond shapes on 4 sides of the egg.
  7. White out the line in the center of each diamond.
  8. Cut foam along all remaining lines.
  9. Make a cutting pattern for your window fabric with tracing paper or clear vinyl.
  10. Cut out 4 panels of fabric, with your desired image at the center, using the cutting pattern.
  11. Spread glue on the foam, lay the fabric over the top and tuck in the edges. Do this for all 4 windows.
  12. Glue and tuck the second color of fabric onto the remaining exposed foam.
  13. Pin sequins along all the seams except for the seams along the midpoint lines.
  14. Pin a plum blossom sequin at the top and bottom of the egg with a peal topped corsage pin.