This year I’ve signed up for a few subscription boxes – I’m looking forward to trying new recipes and crafts. The Crafty Creatives subscription box offers subscribers the opportunity to learn new crafts or rediscover old ones: these boxes contain everything to make a whole project. Every box is different. The company work with suppliers all over the country – often small businesses who are experts in their craft – and they provide kits from wet felting to jewellery making, mosaic to willow weaving.
I was excited to receive my first box this week. I didn’t know what to expect because you don’t find out what’s in the box until you open it. It’s all part of the fun! So I opened the box to discover a pink drawstring bag, inside was a multipom kit. This kit contains everything (apart from scissors) to get me started and learn how to make multiple pompoms at once – reusable pompom maker, full instructions, 2 x 25g yarn, a chenille needle all packaged in a coordinating cotton drawstring bag (which may be decorated with the pompoms made). At first I was a little disappointed – pompoms! I hadn’t made pompoms since primary school but I was determined to relearn how to make them using the kit.
Included in the kit is a brief history of the pompom. I’ve discovered that the word pompom comes from the French pompom – a loose decorative ball of fibrous material. It’s interesting to read that Napoleon’s armies took inspiration from the Hungarians in the 18th Century and featured pompoms on their shakos caps to indicate regiment. Traditional garments worn in South America were decorated in pompoms, using colours to portray symbolic meanings. Roman clergymen had pompons on their caps to signal their order. Closer to home – traditional Scottish dress can include a beret which features a pompom known as a ‘toorie’. Pompoms were, and still are, a very thrifty way of creating decoration, as they can be made using any leftover yarn.
I spent a relaxing evening making my first pompoms and surprisingly I really enjoyed it. This kit is for anyone creative – I can use the pompoms in crafts, fashion, accessories, and soft furnishings. I will continue having fun making different colour and size pompoms and decorating bags and cushions. The cats are afraid that I will decorate them if they sit still long enough! 🙂
At £15 a month (no contract and not including postage) this box is worth a try. I’m looking forward to next month’s box and discovering another new craft that I can share with you.
What craft would you like to learn?
Keep smiling 🙂