Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Wired snowball pom pom
Making one of these with grass is a bit tricky... but not impossible. I show you how on page 385 of my book. Hint: the trick is in the very first step!
Draw circles onto cardboard.
Cut out the shapes...
Place the cardboard cutouts together.
Design note: Usually I would slip in a section of wool to sandwich between the two cardboard circles to secure the pom pom with at the end. But I wanted my pom poms to be wired so I left this bit out... for now. I will show you what I did instead below.
Wind wool around the cut outs.
Continue winding the wool all the way around...
And around and around...
And around for a second layer...
Continue winding the wool all the way around.
Cut a section of winding wire.
Slip your scissors between the two layers of cardboard...
And cut the wool all the way around.
Slip the wire between the two layers of cardboard.
And bend it around to catch the wool still wound on the inside of the cardboard.
Bend the wire so that the two ends come together.
Twist the wire tightly to secure.
Remove the cardboard and give the wire one more twist.
Your wired pom pom is now ready to design with. If you used wool instead of a wire like I showed you above, simply tie the uncut bits of wool that is still looped over the cardboard to secure.
Give the pom pom a trim to make sure it is the shape you want.
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