Product Review: Clover Pompom Makers by Annie
Posted in Product Reviews on Friday the 21st April 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
Pom-poms, fluff balls of wool scraps perfect for trimming gifts, jazzing up a beach hat with some colour or even adding to your shoes! My earliest memories of pom-pom making involved my mum showing me how to use two circles of cardboard cut from a cereal box. They were a quick and fun activity, especially on a rainy afternoon. Fast forward to a few years ago and I picked up a pack of the Clover Pom-Pom makers purely for their appealing craft gadget nature. Now Clover have expanded their range to include more sizes, from tiny 20 and 25mm diameter ones to the large 65 and 85mm makers. This means you can literally make them and put them on everything!
For this review I was presented with the extra small pack (20 and 25mm) and the small pack (35 and 45mm) which I had previous experience of. It had been a while since I had last pom-pomed so I was intrigued to see how the sizes would compare when it came to ease and the all important fluffability factor.
Once you get the hang of it they are pretty straight forward to use. Basic instructions in multiple languages and with pictures can be found on the back of the packaging, with a more detail step-by-step guide inside. You basically open up the maker “arches” and wind wool around one set. I found that how many layers you wrapped depended upon the type of wool you were using, but the more you wrapped the fluffier the outcome. You then close the arch up and make a start on the second arch in the same way.
Once that was closed, you firmly hold the maker in one hand and snip up the middle of the wrapped wool on each side with some small snips or embroidery scissors. You definitely need something sharp and pointy, especially for the tiny pom-pom makers.
All that’s left is to tie a longer piece of wool around the centre of the pom-pom to hold it in place, release the pom-pom from the maker by pulling the two halves apart and then snip to preen and shape your new fluff ball!
Once in the swing of things these makers could be said to be better than the retro cardboard rings. They also provide that consistency of size which comes in handy when making multiple pom-poms for multiple products. They are made of sturdy plastic with a steel pin in the centre and only scratch slightly with some aggressive snipping on the tiny pom-poms which I must admit I found too fiddly to use. Perhaps leave the extra small-sizes for smaller hands and get the kids involved!
Pom-poms are definitely on trend at the moment, with them popping up in colourful clusters around straw beach hats, on the edges of spring scarves and as key rings on handbags. For a fun do it yourself project, stitch a couple to some shoe clips and have some funky interchangeable, fluffy shoes!
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