As a member of the BRIKA team, I have been encouraged to engage my creativity and to create projects that I can share here. First of these projects is a wintery, indoor use pompom wreath that I spent the past week making. Recently I was in an Anthropologie store and on my way out, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted this wool pompom wreath hanging on the wall. I thought it looked so pretty, and since I'm going through a bit of a pompom-making phase (sounds weird but it's totally true!), I thought I would try to make one of my own. The Anthropologie wreath was made in Nepal and made using wool, so it looks a little different than my knock-off, which was made with inexpensive acrylic yarn. Usually when making wreaths, one would start with a foam wreath base made specifically for the purpose. I didn't have the chance to get to a craft supply store to get one, so I made an impromptu base out of an embroidery hoop and some cushion foam that I had left over from another project. I cut the foam in strips, and used hot glue to affix the strips to the hoop. I also tied some pieces of yarn around to make sure the foam stayed in place (it didn't want to curl around, that's for sure!). Once that was ready, I looped yarn around to cover the base. My cat Pony found the wreath base irresistible and I caught her sitting in the middle of it a few times!
I used two different types of yarn that I found at a discount department store. One of the yarns I used was a chunky acrylic, and the other was roving in a wool/acrylic blend. I'm not a knitter, but I can see the appeal of knitting when the weather gets colder! These yarns were so soft and working with them made me feel ready for cozy winter activities. I used close to five skeins, for a total cost of around $20. Pompoms are so satisfying and relaxing to make. I cut circle shapes out of chipboard, cut holes in the middle, and looped the yarn around. For some of the pompoms I looped the yarn over mulitple times, and I ended up with pompoms in various sizes and thicknesses. Once the yarn was looped, I cut the yarn at the edges, tied a piece of yarn around the centre, and pulled the pompom out of the chipboard template. Some needed a little trimming to ensure a more uniform shape, and I fluffed them up a bit by rolling them around in my hands to give them a tufted look. Once I had all my poms ready, I stitched them onto the foam base with a needle and thread. I had tried using floral picks and securing them with pins, but neither of those methods were completely effective with the type of foam I had used for the base (if I had used a styrofoam base, floral picks would have worked beautifully). I made a little loop out of braided yard and attached it to the back, and ta-da! My wreath was ready for hanging. I'm really pleased with it...what do you think?