16 August 2012
As I mentioned earlier this week, my parents are currently visiting, and not only did they look after the boy so we could have the weekend off, my mum also brought me a big bag of wool remnants. And what’s everybody’s favourite thing to do with random balls of wool? Make pompoms of course!
You probably all know how to make standard pompoms with two rings of cardboard as a template (at least when I was young we used to make loads of these at school), but when I was a craftworker at the Iona Community retreat centre in Scotland, we loved to make mini pompoms with the help of a fork. Yes, a fork! Here’s how:
It”s really easy. All you need is:
- a fork
- some wool
- a pair of scissors
Step 1: Wind your wool around the fork a good couple of times. You want enough wool to make a nice fluffy pompom, but not too thick that you won’t be able to tie it.
Step 2: Take another piece of wool, thread it through the middle of the tines, and tie a simple knot around the wool you wound round (see picture above). Don’t tie a double knot just yet!
Step 3: Carefully pull the wool off the fork. Now pull your knot really tight, then tie a double knot to secure it in place so it doesn’t come apart again.
Step 4: Take your pair of scissors and cut through the loops either side of your knot (see picture above).
Step 5: Cut the excess wool from your knot, fluff up the pompom and trim any other bits that are uneven or sticking out.
Voila! A mini pompom! You can do all kinds of things with them, like sew them on to hats, cardigans or other clothes for embelishment. We also liked to make loads at once and then string them up into garlands to decorate the common room at the retreat centre.