Monday, March 03, 2014

Pom-poms & tassels with the Pattiewack tools

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It's the first Monday of the month - time for some blog-hoppin' with the Designer Crafts Connection! This month our theme is "ideas that blew me away." You know, because March is windy and all?

Of course making pom-poms and tassels are time-honored crafts, but I really was blown away by how easy and fun it is to make them with these tools from Pattiewack Designs.

Pattie is now making and selling her pom-pom and tassel tools under her own name, and she sent me a set to try. I used some variegated yarn to make this 3" pom-pom and then I attached a 4" tassel. I didn't make it too full or trim it too evenly on purpose, I really like how all the different colors look together when it's a bit scraggly.


The pom-pom tool (left) comes in two sizes; with both tools you can make pom-poms from 1/2" up to 5" wide. With the tassel tools (right), you can make tassels from 1-1/2" up to 7" long.
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These tools can be purchased on the Pattiewack site. I've been playing with string, twine, yarn and ribbon - the tools definitely make the process quick and easy and I've made some super cute pom-poms and tassels!

I only had a wee bit of trouble trying to make a wee bittie 1/2" pom-pom with string. I think I wound too much string around the tool and I couldn't quite tie the anchor string tight enough. So I'm going to try again with a little less winding and I'll use some wire to twist around the middle instead.

And for a super cool bonus, this close-up shot of my variegated yarn pom-pom is fantastic color and texture inspiration for my next mixed media painting!

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