Thursday, September 25, 2014

The world of PomPoms!

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The world of Pompoms has just exploded in a good way!
If you just type the word pompom into Google you are transported to a abundance of pictures, tutorials and posts about the not so humble round wooly ball!  

With the lead up to the The Handmade Fair held at Hampton Court Palace last weekend, the hashtag #WorldPomination was created by Kirstie Allsopp.

The word Pom-Pom derived from the French word Pompon, which refers to a small decorative ball made of fabric or feathers.
I know we see cheerleaders use them and we attach them to clothes but where did the pom pom begin its life, who invented it and for what purpose?

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We all remember our childhood days sat on a rainy Sunday with two cardboard rings entwined with mums leftover wool, cursing the hole as it got too small to push the ball of wool through!

Now it seems that there are many ways to make a pompom, who would have thought a simple fork would make the round fluffy friend we all love?!

With so many other different pompom gadgets on the high-street I was lucky enough to use one from Multipom in my latest tried and tested article for Making Magazine!

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My brief for the article was to create warm autumnal scarf using the Multipom kit. With its clear and very helpful instructions the process was smooth yet still fun.
If like me you found the cardboard rings of ye olde days irritating and time consuming, the Multipom dispels all those in a puff! (a fluffy puff!)

Oh my, how addictive was this kit, you can make so many pompoms in such a short space of time, perfect for so many other useful and fun projects.

Source :Making Magazine Issue 52

To see my article with the tutorial, buy this months Useful & Beautiful Issue 52 of Making Magazine and get yourself a kit, join in on the #WorldPomination bandwagon!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A mini break in Cornwall

At the beginning of the boys holiday we were lucky enough to join the lovely Philippa Stanton of the @5ftinf fame and her son for a few days down in Cornwall.
So with a hop skip and a jump (a long train journey infact!) we were greeted at the end of the line in Penzance by the chirpy Phil!

Spending time here was a real treat, the views from the cottage were breathtaking! 

The beaches were perfect for body boarding and hours were spent beach combing for shells, wood and unusual pebbles, so many types of seaweed in one small area too.
Philippa was in her element creating her beautiful table top scenes! 

I loved the shapes of the rocks too, do you see the whale?

We of course had to complete the walk over to St Michael's Mount whilst the tide was out, quite strange as we joined the like minded pilgrims across the well trodden blocks.

Now of course it would have been rude not to partake in other Cornish traditions!

One of the days we loaded our back packs with rain coats, bags of change and set of to walk to Penzance along the beach. A few showers didn't deter us, especially when one of the party was well dressed in her vintage Quant mac!

Such beautiful light, with clouds reflecting on the damp beach!

Once we had had a good old fashioned Fish 'n' Chip lunch we headed to the arcade with our coppers!
Oh my goodness, lets just say we were lucky to get out of there, we were like crazy wild possessed gamblers ! (It was a giggle though!)

 A great time was had by all and what a stunning area of Cornwall it is indeed, we shall definitely be returning soon!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Button the Needle Felted secret birthday commission and workshop dates!

A few weeks ago I had to be a secret squirrel and make a very special cat for a dear friends partner. They own the most gorgeous cat called Button, what a great name!

When I make to commission I start by looking at all the lovely photos a client will send me, ask questions about the character of the animal and anything special that might be attached to that pet, for instance a toy.

I find it quiet nerve wracking to get the expression of the pet when working to order as they are so personal to the client but from the start, creating Button I knew she has the most sweetest look on her face, as well as a lot of fur!

Button is an extremely lucky cat to have such adoring owners. 
She has a beautiful handmade spotty bow tie and used to have the most amazing cardboard castle to venture into (with bunting) made by her Daddy!

so when it came to make the box for Button it was in the shape of a castle along with bright bunting and her special embroidered name label on the top!

Dear little Button was a pleasure to make and was a lovely surprise for her new owner.
Yet again I found it hard to handover the final piece!

Here she is with her real life muse!

If you fancy having a go at making your own little 'Button' or any other little pet I now have some new workshop dates ready to be booked.
They will be held in Petworth by the lovely Charlotte of The Cotton Wool Store, either email her or visit the website to book one of the dates!

Needle Felting Animal Workshops
Monday 15th September 2014
Tuesday 7th October 2014

Needle Felting 2D Landscape Workshops
Wednesday 15th October 2014

Christmas Needle Felting Workshop
Monday 17th November 2014


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