When an inkling of an idea inserts itself into your consciousness, sometimes it comes fully formed: I want to make a pompom garland.
In this case the next step is clear. There are questions to be answered. What method of making pompoms shall I use? What size? What colour? How am I going to string them? Will I add ribbons? Bells?
Sometimes your inkling is less formed. You may wake up one morning with the word “pompoms” emblazoned across your brain, with no clue where to go next.
Whether your inkling is a word or an idea, the next step is common to most crafters. Research. And this can come in many forms. You could root through your own craft supplies. You could take a stroll to your local craft store. There are a multitude of books and magazines available for nearly all crafting endeavours. But, if you’re anything like me, your first port of call will be this wonderful world wide web.
I LOVE the internet. It is responsible for 99.99% of my hobbies, and for the many scrapbooks of ideas I have floating around waiting for me to work on. And my first port of call when I have an inkling of an idea is Pinterest.
Pinterest is a wonderfully ingenious, horribly addictive website. Be warned – it is a bit of a rabbit hole. Click one link too many and you’ll find yourself emerging 3 days later with a to do list a mile long.
I personally don’t pin things, but millions of other people do. So when you search for something you’re presented with so many options you’ll have your idea fleshed out in no time. Just searching “pompoms” presented a plethora of ideas.
Like this multi-coloured pompom, from the Minieco website. The idea was pinned by 22 different Pinterest users.
And this idea for making pompoms in bulk, from Flax & Twine. Pinned by 43 people.
Then there’s these adorable little sheep, by Mum in the Madhouse. Pinned by 28 people.
And these cute little Valentines bugs, from the Hobbycraft blog. Pinned by 89 people.
And that’s just a sample. I now have a nice long list of things I want to try. Keep your eyes peeled for the results.