Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 5, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #93,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #26 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Toys & Models > Stuffed Animals
Soon as I saw this book on I knew I had to have it. My Mom first taught me how to make Pom Poms from yarn when I was a little girl and soon after taught me to crochet. I loved making Pom Poms but never really knew what to do with my bags and bags of yarn pom poms I made. This book was oozing with cuteness by all the adorable pom pom critters you can make simply with a ball of yarn. There were a few things I disliked about this book and that was that it's not very detailed in the instructions. For example the pom pom head of the Blue bird on the cover it so neat and tightly compacted but the book does not explain how to achieve such a neat and compact pom pom.From my experience you achieve a neat and tight pom pom by trimming as closely to the center as possible without exposing the center where you tied the yarn strands together. But with experimenting and making a pom pom with a whatever goes attitude you'll learn how to make the neat and tight pom pom as in this book. Another tip I can share with you is after you've trimmed up your pom pom to almost perfect appearance ... roll the pom pom in your hands like you would if you were rolling dough into a ball. It helps fluff up the pom pom and help shape it into a round ball.Overall this book is very cute and even though the book gives you 25 pom pom critters to craft once you've learn the skills in this book the possibilities are endless and you can let your imagination run while and create other pom pom critters and even non critters like pom pom people or even zombies. (n_n) I Love this book and recommend it to anyone looking to try a *NEW* yarn craft or a pom pom lover like myself !! I have already created a few pom pom creations of my own using this book as a guide. Totally worth buying !! And making pom poms are so easy that it's very kid friendly as well. It'd make a great gift to anyone of ALL ages !!
These are some of the most darling little animals I've seen. Chick, bunny, mouse, kitten, bluebird elephant, ladybug...the squee factor is high all the way through to snowy owl and snow people. I like that she is old school on the making of poms- just card board and scissors, no fancy pom maker is needed. Directions are clear and photography is both nicely styled AND clear enough to learn from.There is one caveat,and its a big one. Most of the critters have needle felted parts. While needle felting supplies are availible at any craft store, they are not a kid friendly craft. I had hoped to teach this to a group of school agers- and I can teach them some of them- but no way am I letting the kids have access to the felting needles. Every on needs to decide for them selves of course, and it could be that I just have an abundance of caution. Completely fresh and adorable, though, and even though the book won't work for my group idea, I'm keeping it.
This book brings back my childhood love and nostalgia for pompoms - that you can easily turn a pieces of yarn into something fuzzy, fluffy and fun - then, into something magically adorable, like the wonderful creatures in this book. The animal projects in this book are CUTE! So cute, it is hard to choose favorites - but, the hedgehog, snowy owl and fox are some of the sweetest soft sculpture animals I have ever seen.I love it when it feels like an author has updated and modernized a craft. Nothing looks like the googly eyed, barely recognizable pompom animals I remember from childhood. Here you see pompom animals enhanced with needle felted body parts (arms, tails), cut felt parts (ears, beaks), wire armatures, and details like velvet ribbons. The instructions begin with a material list and instructions for making and shaping pompoms. Troubleshooting, material quantities, bases, armatures, attachment and facial styling are also covered in the introduction before you get started. The author suggests using high quality materials - wool - for desirable results.For each project there are color photographs that show the completed animal from several angles. The step by step instructions are clear and easy to follow, and start with an estimate of how much yarn will be needed for each creature. The materials list for each project includes the tools you will need and also the mm size for eyes. The few templates that are needed are included in the back pages of the book and are full sized.The value of this book at the current price is unbelievable. Included are a: chick, bunny, mouse, kitten, bluebird, elephant, lop bunny, ladybug, teddy bear, lamb, puppy, swan, seal, piglet, squirrel, raccoon, hedgehog, fox, pony, snowy owl, imp, bat, cat, turkey and snow people.(Note: Instead of using a cardboard sleeve to make pompoms, I am going to find my unused clover pompom makers.)
I couldn't believe how adorable everything in this book was was when I first got it. There is such a big Squee factor throughout! The author transform simple woolen yarn into these amazing and adorable fluffy creatures, each with a darling facial expression. It seems like they are just begging to be picked up and cuddled!Making the little cuties was easier than I thought it would be, even my daughter did pretty well! Basically I wrapped wool yarn around cardboard, cut it, shaped it and then trimmed it with scissors to get it even and in the shape that I wanted. The limbs are made with needle felting and I need to work on my technique with that a little more, but I'm having fun making different sized yarn ball pompoms and creating little creatures out of them!There are all kinds of animals and birds (bunnies, puppies, hedgehog, etc.) and also holiday creations, too. The cutest red devil ever, a turkey, a snowman are a few of the seasonal ones in that I think would work great for decorations.
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