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Trend of the Month: “Playful Pompoms”






TREND

For instant boho status (or a girly twist, depending on your age) pompoms are this summer’s playful trim on just about everything: jewelry, accessories, sandals, sneakers, bomber jackets, bags—you name it, it has a pompom on it, and it’s making us smile.

We have the French to thank for these cute little balls: “pompom” comes from the French word “pompon.” Having spotted them on Hungary’s imposing cavalry helmets, Napoleon adopted them for the French infantry. But pompoms are a source of national pride all over the world—the Scottish Highland regiment’s caps, the Greek National Guard’s shoes, and the Roman Catholic clergy’s “biretta” hats are just a few examples.

Fendi made pompoms big in 2015 with its key chains that were seen everywhere and Chanel showed them as hair accessories for SS15, among other fashion designers who have embraced the flirty look. Now they’re a big-time fashion item. Like a lot of fun things, a little goes a long way, so apply your pompoms with caution. Use them as embellishments for bangles, or apply teeny-tiny flirty pompoms to a pair of earrings. Alternatively, reach for the pompom’s first cousin, the tassel, which adds a swooshy, swingy, somehow slightly sexy feel to earrings as it follows the graceful sway of the neck. Easy to make, and oh, so playful!

TECHNIQUES

How to make a pompom: This is like going back to school!

  • Cut two donut-shaped pieces of card with a diameter that roughly matches the size of pompom you want to end up with.
  • Wind the yarn around the rings, threading it through the hole in the middle and working round the circles until the cardboard is thickly covered—the more yarn, the denser your finished pompom.
  • Using scissors, slide one blade between the two pieces of cardboard at the outer edge, and start cutting.
  • Pass a length of yarn between the cardboard circles to the center, where the hole is located, and wind it around the wool in the middle and tie it.
  • Remove the cardboard rings (cut them, if you like) and trim any uneven strands to create a perfectly round pompom.


How to make a tassel:
  • Decide on your length of tassel, and cut a rectangle of cardboard that’s 5 inches wide and twice the length you ultimately want. Fold the cardboard in half.
  • Cut a 12-inch strand of yarn and insert it between the two halves of cardboard—this will eventually become your tassel tie.
  • Start wrapping the yarn around the cardboard in neat rows (the more times you wrap the thicker your tassel—aim for around 80 times).
  • When you’ve finished wrapping, take the 12-inch strand and slide it along to the open end of the cardboard (not the folded end). Now pull it around the bundle of yarn you’ve been wrapping and tie a knot in it.
  • Take your scissors and, at the opposite folded end of the cardboard, cut through the yarn strands.
  • Cut a 24-inch length of yarn, and thread both ends through an upholstery needle.
  • Fold the bundle of yarn strands in half at the knot, and wind your length of yarn around at a position that is approximately ¼ to ½ from the top to form a “head” from which the tassel will fall. Wrap it around 8–10 times, then pull the needle back through the wrapped threads and pull tight, trim off the end, and fix it with a small amount of fabric glue.
  • Trim the ends of the tassel to make sure they are all the same length. Done!



SPARKLING INSPIRATIONS

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Designs

The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “Playful Pompoms” theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Bangles Pompom

  • Earrings Tassel

  • Earrings Pompom

  • Collier Beaded Tassels

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