Sep 15, 2013

tutorial - pom pom puffy heart

Everyone loves a pom pom and with their popularity on everything from clothing to cushions to rugs at the moment I thought it would be fun to create a project using them. This project is also suitable for crafters of all ages and skill levels.


Pom poms - homemade ones are best for this as you need the tail threads to tie them on with.
Plastic cross stitch/ tapestry material or canvas latch hook material. (Easily available at craft shops)
Yarn to make the pom poms.
Optional - pom pom maker


Make your pom poms leaving 2 long tail threads ( you would normally cut these threads off once the pom pom was tied up).

Cut your backing material to desired shape - in this case a heart.

Thread the tails of the pom poms through the material to the back of your project and tie securely.

Fill out your design with the require number of pom poms. Place them as close together or as far apart depending on the look you are after.

Once completed trim the back and if desired back with some fabric or cardboard.

You can scale this project up to make a rug or use tiny pom poms to embellish a notebook or for a small wall hanging.

Sep 1, 2013

father's day craft

Father's day here today in Australia. I received an order a few weeks ago for custom made daddy and baby beanies and matching scarves. In red and black - the dad's favourite team colours. After unsuccessfully looking in my large local supply shop I ordered 2 balls each of red and black from Bendigo Woollen Mill.

Whilst I'm not a bad knitter I'm not super fast so the scarves took me a littlw while to do. I was starting to get nervous as the deadline approached, especially when I realised that the date this year fell on 1st of September, not the following weekend.

Then our whole family caught a nasty bug and I wasn't able to do anything for a whole week. That left me a week to go with the scarves needing their finishing touches and 2 beanies not started. I warned my friend that the beanies might not make it on time. She was fine with that. It's not really beanie weather here anyway!

But then last week with just a few days to go I had a huge swell of energy and I motored through crocheting the two beanies and on Friday I made the pom poms, sewed them onto the top and delivered them to the very excited mummy and daughter with a day to spare.

This morning I received a text with this very cute photo of father and daughter in their matching gear.

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