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Pompom-tastic

October 15, 2014

It’s official.
I am mildly obsessed with all things pompoms.

Last month, I went to the Handmade Fair, and took part in a pompom making workshop, as part of the world record attempt for the longest line of pompoms ever, in the world ever. Or World Pomination.
My childhood memories of pompom making are of winding wool round and round a cardboard circle for what felt like days. And I did try and make some with the Smalls last year, but we all lost interest after making just the tiniest one!
Well, no more!
I was introduced to the magic that is…. the pompom maker!

There are lots of different types available. Mine are similar to this-I got them from a stall at the Handmade Fair, but found these ones on E-bay to show you

There are lots of different types available. Mine are similar to this-I got them from a stall at the Handmade Fair, but found these ones on E-bay to show you

And I have to confess that I bought a set.
Yes, I bought something new. And something plastic. And probably mass produced in China.
BUT in my defence-making pompoms is a fab way to use up all the scraps of wool that I have, and I know that without this pompom maker wizardry, I really wouldn’t bother.
If however, you have more willpower than me, and are able to resist the lure of pompom makers, this is a great way for slightly speedier pompom making, old school.

Image from Pinterest

Image from Pinterest

So now, nothing is safe from being pommed.
I have plans for pompom rugs for the Smalls bedrooms; a pompom tea cosy;  pompom bunting, and even a pompom Christmas tree (if I can find enough green wool. I am in desperate need of green wool-if anyone has any in their stash sitting around doing nothing, please can I have it?!)
POmpom collage

Image 1 from 3 squeezes; Image 2 from Pinterest; Image 3 from Hus&Hem

I made pompom flowers for my sister in law’s birthday last week.
Pompom flowers1
(I’m not sure that she was as excited as me by them, but when I mentioned it to hubby, BigSmall interjected saying “I think homemade presents are always better than bought ones Mummy”. Bless him. Not sure I can manage homemade Lego though….)

You can make pompoms with yarn, obvs, but also plarn (plastic bag yarn) and tarn (t-shirt yarn), and tulle, and and and….!

Collage 2Image 1 from Etsy; Image 2 from Craftaholics Anonymous; Image 3 from Lulastic and the Hippyshake
Oh. My. Goodness.

Inevitably I have a pompom board on Pinterest, with more pompom ideas than you can shake a stick at.

Anyone else palming…?!

 

 

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  • Reply Lyn October 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

    You are not alone. I have recently re-discovered pom-poms too and am becoming a little obsessed. I’ve been making them the old fashioned way, but a pom-pom maker may make life a little easier now that I NEED a pom-pom scarf 😉

    • Reply Jen October 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Enjoy Lyn!

  • Reply pomplogs October 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Pom poms really are the best things, my obsession started with bunting and now my best sellers are my very cute pom pom hair bobbles!
    http://pompomsdeterre.bigcartel.com/

    • Reply Jen October 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Sounds great!

  • Reply Lovefromluna October 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Check out my Pompom scarves, garlands and trees! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LoveFromLuna?ref=s2-header-shopname

    • Reply Jen October 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

      They look great!

  • Reply Susie - secondhandsusie.blogspot.com October 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I love pompoms too! I bought myself some pompom makers and am working on some pomting (pom pom bunting!)

    • Reply Jen October 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Pomting! Love it 🙂

  • Reply Joanna October 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Wow, pom poms! What a great way to use up yarn scraps, and why didn’t I think of that? 😉 I don’t have any green yarn on hand either but I absolutely love the Christmas tree idea! Thanks for the great ideas.

    • Reply Jen October 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      No worries Joanna!

  • Reply lovinglymadeltd October 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    How scary is that – we are just about to refurbish, repaint, redecorate our Craft School and my mum and I are making…….. POM POMS – how groovy they are! We thought they would make a change and really liven the room up no end.! I will have to show them to you!
    Happy pommmmmm pommmmming…x
    love
    Trixie
    http://www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    • Reply Jen October 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Yay! Yes please, would love to see some pics when you’re done 🙂

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