25 Days of Handmade Ornaments, Day 4: Pompom Animal

Animal Pom Pom OrnamentI picked up a pack of pompom makers from Flying Tiger this week (only $4 for 3 sizes!). I have a vague memory of making pompoms at some point as a kid but definitely didn’t have a cool little pompom maker. I broke them out last night and tried a few:

Pom pomsPretty addictive. Also quite challenging. I found some great directions and tips on the Mr P blog – the flower tutorial is here and there are tutorials for fruit, houses, mountains and more, including some some cute animals which were what really sucked me in. And then I came across Tsubasa Kuroda‘s pompom creations – holy wowza, they’re all so cute and intricate and flat-out amazing. I knew I had to give it a go. I attempted a polar bear – whoo, not so easy. Not that I really thought that it would be, but still, I definitely need some practice. It’s darn fun, though, and I feel like I’m getting a better feel for it. Once you get the layering/mirrored symmetry concept down (explained in Mr P’s flower post), it’s yarn ratio, spacing and arranging and a heck of a lot of trimming. My “polar bear” doesn’t look like the one I pictured in my head, but it’s still kinda cute and has a vague resemblance to a polar bear. I learned a lot and am looking forward to trying another one soon. I’ll take more process photos the next time, too. And I really want to get some fancy-pants fake eyes and perhaps needle-felt up some ears. And maybe try some fruit and mountains, too. I’m getting excited all over again just thinking about it. Yippee!



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