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I posted this in the Ever so Sleightly section, and then discovered this part of the forum. This is over 24 hours of solid work!

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I've always wanted to make a set, and I even started it once, but other things popped up and I never finished it.

Very nice!
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Looks very good! I made a set many years ago. It is a LOT of work, especially pulling all that yarn through the donuts over and over and OVER again!! Ha!! The end results are well worth it, too.
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On 2012-03-08 10:39, Michael Baker wrote:
Looks very good! I made a set many years ago. It is a LOT of work, especially pulling all that yarn through the donuts over and over and OVER again!! Ha!! The end results are well worth it, too.


I know EXACTLY what you mean. Making the pom-poms were the most boring use of 20+ hours EVER! HAHA! But it was worth it for sure.

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Yeah, you don't just wrap the yarn. Every time the end goes through the center hole, EVERY inch of the yarn has to follow it!! In the beginning, you're sitting there with piles of the stuff around you, hoping it doesn't get tangled! Ha!
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On 2012-03-08 18:43, Michael Baker wrote:
Yeah, you don't just wrap the yarn. Every time the end goes through the center hole, EVERY inch of the yarn has to follow it!! In the beginning, you're sitting there with piles of the stuff around you, hoping it doesn't get tangled! Ha!


Don't remind me! HAHA
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When I was young, my sister had a pom-pom making kit. It comprised various different sized plastic pieces as per the attached sketch. The yarn was just wrapped around each pair of "half donuts" then they clipped together, before the yarn was cut. Might be possible to do the same sort of thing with cardboard?? (Not really something I aspire to though!)

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I'm not sure if that would work or not, because with the Tommy Wonder pom-poms, you literally have to keep poking through the yarn until you simply cannot fit anymore through. That's the only way to make them firm enough to work well for the trick. The finished balls have more the texture of really good carpet, rather than a typical pom-pom, as one might find on a stocking hat. They are surprisingly firm, somewhat like Sycamore seeds, just not as rough. Once the yarn has been completely wrapped and cut, there is really only one way to get the cardboard donuts off, and that is to destroy them. Then they must be carefully trimmed, which is how they get that really nice texture. The closer to the center you get, the tighter the yarn fibers are. The trick is to stop just before you get to the string that ties them all together.
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