Or pompon, whichever you prefer. It’s been a crazy crafting month here, but in case you have last minute items that need pompoms, I have to share this new technique: steam them!
I taught a PomPom Popup at the Yarnery last week. I didn’t think anyone would come. It was cold. It was snowing. It was Saturday morning. It was a one-hour class on pompoms and tassels. Plus, everyone knows how to make pompoms and tassels, right? Well 16 people showed up. Everyone had made pompoms and tassels, but everyone felt theirs were weak, lackluster, missing the oomph that is the very nature of a pompom. My two top tips: Use LOTS of yarn. Much more than you think. And use one of these gadgets:
I am not typically a buyer of gadgets, and I’ve made many successful pompoms with the good old cardboard circles, but these babies are fast.
The real top tip, though came from a student, who clearly had no business being in the class. She told us she learned to steam them in Campfire Girls. Good idea. Let’s try it out. I ran downstairs and borrowed the electric kettle from the kitchen. I had a few forks for showing folks how to make tiny pom poms on a fork, (which we never did) so we stuck a fork in it and it was done!
Happy students with their pompoms:
Here is the brief photo tutorial I make at dark o’clock to show you how it works.
Pompom in Lamb’s Pride Bulky*, almost ready for a Christmas gift, but untrimmed. Notice that it is stuck on a fork being held over a pot of boiling water.
Lightly steamed and gently fluffed:
Trimmed and ready for the hat:
So happy pompoms to all, and to all a good night!
*I’d be careful with steaming acrylic or blend yarn. I’ll have to try it out and let you know.