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Pompon! I don’t know which makes me happier, the sound of the word or the tactile pleasure I derive from the object itself. Don’t they resemble coconut balls from a distance?

pompon scarf

Inspiration


Image credits: one, two & three.

I’ve been doing a lot of stash-busting lately, partly to make room for my Ice Yarn hauls (of which I have another to document), and when I saw this adorable pompon scarf from Anthropologie, it seemed like the perfect solution to some cream acrylic I had left over from my novice knitting days.

pompon winding

I made a template with outer circle diameter 11cm, and hole diameter 5.5cm, and began winding. I was quite happy with my floppy pompons, until my Mum decided to have a go…

pompon scarf

On the left is her perfect pompon, and on the right is one of mine. >_>

She wound hers so tight that it took a lot of effort to cut through, and my poor template looked quite battered afterwards, but she did create a pompon that all other pompons can aspire to, and that only needed some light trimming. Mine all needed shearing! Never mind, the offcuts will be good for stuffing.

pompon scarf

I made 10 pompons in total and used about 400g of aran-weight acrylic yarn. In my opinion, this is definitely a project for cheap yarn, even if you wear it around your neck.

Suggestions

I don’t think I need to teach any of you how to make a pompon, but I do have a few suggestions:

  • Use a surgeon’s knot when tying your pompon up. It’s just like a regular knot, but you pass the end of the yarn through the loop twice. This keeps the knot from sliding before you make another overhand knot. Useful for bows too!
  • Leave the ends of the yarn you use to tie up long, as this makes it easier when it comes to attaching your pompons together.

Assembly

This is really the trickiest part. Here’s the solution I came up with…

pompon scarf

Thread both ends of the yarn through a large tapestry needle. Align the next pompon so that its strings point up, and poke the needle into the bottom of it, pulling until the loop left is as long as you want the gap between your pompons to be. My idea in using two strands was that the pompons could be tucked through the loops to secure the scarf around my neck, so if the idea appeals to you, you might want to check that you can fit a pompon through the gap you leave.

Once the two strands are poking up out of the top of the next pompon, I tied all four strands two-by-two to each other. Just keep knotting until the pompon is secure and can’t slide up or down. Then repeat the same for all the other pompons.

ta-da!

You can experiment with smaller or larger pompons, different colour combinations (can we see an ombre pompon scarf, please?), and maybe even make use of some child labour. ;)

pompon scarf
pompon scarf
pompon scarf

When not around your neck, pompon scarves make really lovely garlands you’ll want to fondle constantly.

pompon scarf

And did you know you can trim pompons into a heart shape? It’s true! :)

Pom pom pom…

10th February, 2013  // How To, Style // tags: , , , .

Beaded Heart Garland


Yes, hearts again! I made this heart garland nearly 8 years ago and it’s been hanging on my wall ever since (you can actually catch a glimpse of it in this post). I thought some of you might enjoy making it as a pre-Valentine’s Day weekend project. It’s so quick and easy!

pink beads & sequins

For my hearts I used about 32cm of wire (any wire will do, as long as it’s thin enough to thread the beads through, but sturdy enough to hold its shape), 30 pink beads and 30 sequins. For some reason I tied them together with pink string, but I think transparent nylon line would be better, or, to make them even prettier, some organza ribbon.

bead & sequin heart

They look lovely on the wall, but for best effect, hang them in the window and watch the facets of the beads catch the light!

bead & sequin heart

Things to Try

  • Tie the hearts together side-by-side.
  • String the hearts on a length of ribbon.
  • Make a garland with hearts that decrease in size.

Love,
❤ Derya.

9th February, 2013  // How To // tags: , , .

Ric Rac Rose Roundup

ric rac rose

I’m absolutely in love with this simple technique for making dainty fabric roses, and as promised yesterday, I wanted to share links to my favourite tutorials, and a few tips along the way.

ric rac roses

Firstly, I came across 3 different ways to form these roses.

1. One length of rick-rack rolled up.
This technique is especially good for making rosebuds (like the ones in the photo above) and using up shorter lengths of ric rac. Here’s another blog with beautiful necklaces made in this way.

2. Two lengths of rick-rack twisted around each other and then rolled up. (here’s another tutorial)
This is the technique I used for my roses. The only difficulty is unwinding the twined ric rac which has a tendency to twist around itself.

3. One length of rick-rack folded in half and then rolled up.
This technique produces roses that look just as nice, but I’m not sure I’m adept enough with an iron to be able to press ric rac in half. Perhaps there’s a trick?

I had never realised how much fun ric rac is! So many sweet colours to choose from…

ric rac
ric rac
ric rac
ric rac

Tips

- I used 5mm ric rac, which makes dainty, relatively shallow roses. When I tried with 1cm ric rac, I found the rose was too tall.
- You can sew your rose if you like, but I think a hot glue gun is probably faster.
- Pretty hardware will make these roses even nicer as gifts.
- However, you can easily slide one onto a bobby pin for a pretty hair accessory, or a paperclip to make a bookmark.
- If you have hot glue strands on your rose, just hold a blow dryer over it and they’ll melt away.
- I made the purple rose with two shades of ric rac twined together, which produces a really nice effect.
- With furled petals I think the roses look rather like ranunculus (see my orange flower above).

ric rac rose
ric rac rose

I hope you enjoy making these flowers as much as I have! And don’t forget to finish your gift off with a printable gift tag

ric rac rose

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