I’m going to say this upfront. Pom Pom Pom is quite possibly one of the cutest books I’ve ever seen. Regardless of whether I was sent it to review or not. It’s absolutely adorable.
Now I’ve done Pompom workshops before. I’ve turned them into garlands and wreaths. Even worn them as earrings. But even still, I have NEVER seen anything quite like what Henry Le has down in Pom Pom Pom.
Henry is a Vietnamese artist and what he has done with Pompoms is out of this world. For a start – hope you’re sitting down for this bit – they’re not all spherical!
After that shock I’d better explain a bit more.
What Henry has designed is a way of showing you how to build up layers of different colours when you wind a pompom which means that you can actually make the colours of your yarn to turn your pompom into anything from an animal to a piece of food.
Henry uses Clover pompom makers which seem to be the secret to his designs. Now, if you’ve not used one of these makers before then they really do make pompom making so much simpler, and also provide much more reliable results too. Henry makes use of the 3.5cm and 4.5cm ones in this book, but there are loads of different sizes available.
For each design in the book he shows you how to wind your yarn on these makers to get the desired pattern.
It’s also worth noting that he spends a while in the book also talking about the yarn he uses. As someone that has used Stylecraft Special DK to make a million and one crochet blankets over the years, it is lovely to come across another use for the small bits I have left over in an assortment of colours.
As for the patterns in the book. Well, the word wow pretty much sums them up. There’s everything in there from Pompom emojis to cute animals. Pompom sushi to pompom hotdogs. It really is quite incredibly and has to be seen to be believed.
The instructions are incredibly clear and the sections on how to read the diagrams and how to make a basic motif are so straightforward. The only thing from stopping me jumping right in is that I can’t find which box in teh garage has my pompom makers in it!
Pom Pom Pom was published by GMC Publications in September 2019 and has an RRP of £14.99. ISBN 9781784945169. You can buy it online here.
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