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Pompoms and more – a mini adventure at a local museum

It started with Pompoms

Pompoms, pom-poms, pom poms. It doesn’t matter how you spell them, they seem to be everywhere lately. They are the DIY version of funfetti and I love them. Thanks to Pinterest, I want to make pompom (apparently the correct spelling) earrings, a garland, and a rug. I have a confession to make though; I never learned how to make them as a child. After reading several online tutorials and watching some videoes, I couldn’t bring myself to buy a bunch of yarn and jump in. That all changed after a drop-in class at my local art museum.

A night at the museum

You might remember that I went to Paint your pet night last month at the Taubman. That was a lot of fun, so I have been keeping an eye out for other classes to take. I get to learn new skills and work at being social and making friends!  I signed up for a fiber arts class, with no expectations other than having fun. When I walked in though, I saw the pompoms the artist had out and I squealed with delight! She had me making them immediately. I also tried my hand at tassels and necklaces, but the pompoms were the most fun. I got to try out several different kinds and weights of yarn and ended up with some funky pieces. Trimming the pompoms is definitely something I need to work on. Another woman in the class was able to trim hers into perfectly spherical fuzzballs of beauty. My pompoms have more character, shall we say?

Taking the class at the museum offered something that online videos and tutorials didn’t – hands-on practice and a person to ask questions. For $10 I got to play for a couple of hours with dozens of yarns and tools that I don’t have at home.  The class was small so the artist could give us all as much attention as we needed. If you are looking to try something new, I urge you to check out your local museums. They aren’t just repositories, but offer classes and other special events.

I’m going to start trolling the craft stores for yarn and practicing my pompom skills. It is fun, creative, and good for stress relief. While I perfect my pompom skills, I’m going to keep my eye on the class offerings at the museum.

A question for you

For pompom crafters out there – what is the consensus on pompom makers?