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You may have noticed a lot of pompom action on my blog recently – well this is the reason!! My latest book Pompomania is out now (and on Amazon for only £6.94 right now)

It’s full of lovely projects that I had great fun making last summer. Every morning I’d wake up with some new idea of how an everyday object could be pompomified and I wouldn’t stop until I had worked out how to do it.  Here are a few of my favourites shot by the wonderful Joanna Henderson

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To celebrate the launch of the book I hosted a very special Pompom Party where we all made pompoms, ate sweets and drank gin (perfect pompom making conditions if you ask me). We had a fab night and it was lovely to make some more pompom converts – I am serious about taking over the world one pom pom at a time …

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I held the Pompom Party at the Smashbox Cosmetics shop and studio in London. Their super cool mural by artist Donald Robertson was the perfect backdrop

 

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There was a lot of concentrating (and cocktails) as first time pompomers gave it a go.

 

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Daisy Knights (jeweller extraordinaire) perfects her poms – and how cute are these scissors by Korbond?

 

Smashbox and Sewyeah Pompomania

Everyone should have this sort of flash when taking selfies!!

 

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My new pompom converts …

 

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A massive thanks to everyone who helped me make this party the best Pompom party ever:

Stylecraft  – for providing the yarn (their special DK is the best for making pompoms. Such bright colours and so so soft)

Loveknitting.com – for all their support and goodie bags. It’s the perfect place to by your Stylecraft yarn

Smashbox Cosmetics – for hosting the pompom party (thanks to them I am finally someone who has an organised makeup bag and routine -Their Always Sharp 3D Eyeliners are the best ever)

Korbond Care and Repair – I discovered their small general purpose scissors on about my 40th pompom experiment – they are just the right shape and size for perfect pom trimming. Available here

TalkingTables Partywear – A combination of Smashboxes amazing Ring Flash Lights and Talking Tables Glitterati gold foil curtain meant ALOT of selfie taking!

 

WIN WIN WIN!!

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I’ll be posting more about the book in the coming weeks but to be in with a chance of winning a copy right now head over to Loveknitting.com blog now and take part in their little spot the difference competition … (closing date Friday 15th April)

SEWYEAH EASTER POM POM BUNNY 2

There’s still time to get your Easter craft on! These cute little pompom bunnies are relatively quick and easy to make

 

YOU WILL NEED: Grey and White wool – I’ve used Red Amore from Loveknitting.com, Grey and pink felt, small scissors – Korbond do a nice little pair that are great for trimming pompoms. small length of grey and pink embroidery thread for eyes and nose.

 
FOR THE HEAD: Make a grey pom pom using the smallest pom pom maker. Trim it so it’s nice and round.

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FOR THE EARS:Cut two ear shapes from some grey felt. My bunnies have average length ears about 5cm on and 1.5 cm wide. Also cut some inner ears from the pink felt. Use a little fabric glue to fix the pink and grey ears together. To add a little more character add a blob of glue at the base of each ear and pinch together till dry.

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FOR THE BODY: Make the bunnies body using the second largest maker. To make his white tummy begin wrapping white wool around one half of the maker. Wind about 20 wraps of wool between the two outer dimples.

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Continue wrapping wool between these two points but gradually decrease the wraps so you begin to form a triangle wedges shape with the wool. Use about another 30 wraps to form this wedge. It should look something like this when you have finished.

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Fill the rest of this half of the pom pom maker with grey wool. Then use the grey wool to fill the other.

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Complete the pom pom and remove from the maker. You will see a big white circle on one half of the pom.

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Trim the pom pom so the tummy circle becomes more defined. Also trim the bottom of the pom pom flat.

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Make a small white pom pom for the tail. Trim quite a lot so it is smaller than his head!! Use a glue gun to fix the tail, and head to the body. Then glue the ears in place.

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To  make the bunnies eyes and nose, thread a length of black embroidery thread onto a needle making sure both lengths of wool are equal. Push the needle through the bunnies head where you would like an eye. Trim the wool very short at the back so you can’t see it and trim the wool at the front flush with the grey wool so it looks like a little eye! Repeat for his other eye.

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Make a nose in a similar way. Three or four strands of pink wool are enough.

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Finnish bunny off with some jazzy accessories – some glasses, an Easter bonnet or just a simple bow round the neck.

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These are some of the bunnies we created last week when I ran a bunny making workshop in association with Loveknitting.com and Stylist Magazine. They were all so cute!!

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Now hop to it!!
SEWYEAH EASTER POMPOM BUNNY

 

 

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It’s Easter soon – time for decorating eggs, making Easter Bonnets and cute fluffy bunnies and chicks… but if you are looking for some more sophisticated crafts then check out this selection of projects I did for Homes and Gardens magazines Easter Special.

My favourite project were these little egg transfers. I’d seen these done before and thought they were actual transfers you could buy but when I started investigating I found out about this amazing stuff called Lazertran which is a printable waterslide transfer paper. Basically all you do is find an image you want to print, print it onto the paper, cut it out, pop it into a shallow dish of water, wait for the transfer to slide off and then place it onto your surface of choice. Simples right?

The only hurdle in this project is finding an owner of a laser printer who is happy for you to put a piece of plasticy paper through their machine (FYI… my boss is not one of them!). Luckily Lazertran have a list of printers suitable for this process and also provide the name of a printers in the UK (Bear Print 118 High Street Porth Madog Gwyneth 01766 513920, in case  you were wondering)  who will happily print out your project for you at a very reasonable cost (I can’t remember what exactly but around £1-2 per A4 sheet).

 

If you want to make your own eggs then you can download the images I used here or visit the lovely Graphics Fairy site for more choices.

 

For more Easter projects visit the Homes and Gardens website here

 

 

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I love these tassels! They are super easy to make and are a really nice way to adorn anything from bags to cushions and curtain tiebacks. As they are made with garden string they are a bit more robust than ones made from wool. I have two tied to my back door key and the keys for the summer house. They are so large and bright that I never have to worry about losing them …

To make your own simply follow the steps below.

you will need

Scissors
String I’ve used one from Nutscene, they have loads of bright and cheery colours to choose from and these rolls are £3.60 each.
Gold thread or thin ribbon
Bleach (economy toilet bleach is fine)
Small china bowl
Piece of card approx 13cm tall

Tassel step 1

one: Choose your twine

 

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two: Wrap the twine around the piece of card about 30 times

 

Tassel step 3

three: slide another piece of twine under the top loops and tie a tight double knot.

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