Having been a long time admirer of her work, I am absolutely delighted to have Laura from Circle of Pine Trees as my guest blogger today. From the crafty correspondence post she writes as one half of transatlantic duo Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows, to her own beautifully thoughtful Circle of Pine Trees blog reflecting on day-to-day family goings on through the seasons, her photography and writing always instill a certain calmness and unfussy beauty with the world around us.
Here Laura shares a tutorial for a last-minute pom pom garland to adorn your home over Christmas and perfect for making with the small people in your life, but mind you tuck your precious yarns away!
Pom Pom Garland by Laura Pashby
This year, I fancied adding a bit of colour to our Christmas decorations. I have a large basket of yarn scraps under my craft table just crying out to be used up, and, since knitting this hat, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with pom poms. What could be more cheerful than a pom pom garland?
If you fancy making your own garland, you will need to start by making some pom poms. You can do this the old fashioned way using cardboard circles (there’s a great tutorial here), but I invested in a pom pom maker, and I am so glad that I did – they are brilliant! You can get them in a range of sizes- I used a 1 inch one for dinky pom poms, but you could use a larger one if you prefer. You can buy them from yarn stores or haberdasheries- mine came from Clothkits. Follow the instructions on your pom pom maker (or the tutorial if you are using card) and make 12 pom poms in a range of colours (or more for a longer garland!)
Using the darning needle, thread the pom poms onto a length of cotton yarn (I used double knit weight), tying a knot just before and just after each pom pom to anchor it in place.
That’s it! You now just need to hang your garland- I used washi tape to secure it.
I made my garland using colourful yarn leftover from a crochet blanket, but if you prefer to make yours in more traditionally festive colours, you could use green and red. Or how about fluffy white pom pom snowballs? Just be warned, pom pom making is extremely addictive, you may find that one garland just isn’t enough…
Have a bright and beautiful Christmas!
Thank you so much Laura for sharing this with us, I think I know what I’ll be doing over the weekend! Keep up with Laura’s comings and goings, potterings and musings on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest
All images © Laura Pashby and used here with permission.