Here, we show off the fuzzy tufts' sophisticated side, using pom-poms to bring bursts of color and texture to bedspreads, lampshades, pillows, and more.
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As universal as tassels, pom-poms have adaptable little personalities: They can go serious (atop the hats of clergymen), jubilant (in the hands of cheerleaders), or sweet (as homemade chicks or bunnies). Making them is a great way to use up remnants of yarn from other projects, and with the help of one magic little tool, the process is easy, bordering on addictive.
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Pom-poms can replace the buttons on tufted pillows, or tassels at the corners of basic square cushions. This works for either store-bought pillows or homemade ones.
Yarns for pom-poms, from left: Trio, by Brown Paper Packages, in Tomato Soup (T179) and Giraffe (T203), $5.50 for 14.4 yds., annieandco.com. Alpaca-blend yarn, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Pea Coat Blue, $10 for 100 g, joann.com. Blossoms, by Gumnut Yarns, in Terra-Cotta, $8 for 27.3 yds., purlsoho.com. Field bench with back, 6' long, in Gray Belgian linen, johnderian.com.
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Dress up a lampshade with a border of pompoms in muted colors. Make enough to be spaced every five or so inches around the shade's circumference. Apply double-sided tape to the lower interior rim, press the pompom tails on, and finish with a layer of twill tape. (Trim any excess from tails.)
Silk Purse 100 percent silk yarn, in Bronze, Clementine, Silver, and Wysteria, $32 for 50 g, alchemyyarns.com. Short buff-linen drum shade, in Beige, $86, justshadesny.com. Rise stoneware vasesBasso teapot, in Bone, $175; and linden wooden tray, $150; calvinklein.com. Fat jug, by Piet Hein Eek, in Cream, $47, thefutureperfect.com. Antique table with leaves, abchome.com.
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Depending on the yarn's thickness and the size of the pom-pom-making tool, you can create pom-poms of many different sizes. Use very fine yarn to make gumball-size ones, and tie them to key chains or the handles of buckets and boxes for a hit of color and whimsy.
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All the Trimmings
In Morocco, blankets lined with oversize pom-poms are a bedroom luxury. To make your own, create a four-inch pom-pom, leaving a tail of about eight inches. Thread both ends of the tail through an upholstery needle, stitch through the blanket and then back through the center of the pom-pom, and tie.
Roving wool yarn, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Snowdrift, $5.50 for 50 g, joann.com. Bridgewater and Vence standard pillow shams, from $81 each; flat sheet, $351 for king size; libecohomestores.com. Stonewashed Belgian-linen diamond-stitch quilt, in Ivory, $279 for king size, restorationhardware.com. Excel desk lamp, by Rich Brilliant Willing for Roll & Hill, in White, $390, thefutureperfect.com.
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