Hi, I'm Alyx, owner of Ornament Designs. I'm an American ex-pat living in Yokohama, Japan. I teach Kimekomi ornament making and sell digital tutorials in my Etsy shop.
Kimekomi was developed in 18th-century Japan as a doll-making technique. The word kimekomi means "to tuck into a groove." A pattern is drawn and cut onto a surface, such as smooth foam, wood composite material, or resin. Fabric is then placed over the cut pattern and tucked into the grooves.
My passion for handmade Christmas ornaments started at a young age. One of my earliest memories is of my parents making sequined and beaded ornaments from kits that were popular in the late '70s/ early '80s. I always admired those beautiful ornaments when decorating our family Christmas tree every year. As a teenager, I started making them with my mother's encouragement. At that time, beaded and sequined ornament kits were hard to find, so I designed them myself. Here are some pictures of those early ornaments. My mother still hangs them on her tree every year.
After graduating from Texas State University, I moved to Japan to teach English and discovered Kimekomi (tucked fabric technique). I eventually adopted and adapted the technique to make Christmas ornaments.
Ornament Designs started in 2009 when I posted my first time-lapse video on YouTube. That was the beginning of what has now become a YouTube channel with over 17,000 subscribers, this website, and a successful Etsy shop. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram.
Unless otherwise stated, all of the ornaments on this site are of my own design.
Quick Facts About Me:
Alyx Mazerov Yuasa
I live in Yokohama, Japan. My husband, two young children, and I live in a three-bedroom apartment, which for four people is considered pretty normal. Our apartment is about 65 square meters (700 square feet). Within this small apartment is my very tiny ornament studio. I’ve got one large bookcase for storage, a small work table with some drawers underneath and a computer. I get half a room, that’s it. The opposite side of the room you can’t see in the pictures, is stuffed with personal items like books and clothes. I dream of having more space, but for now, I make it work.