BOOKLIST Nov 15, 2018
Fashion designer Macdonald (Fabulous Pompoms, 2015) takes a bead from his fellow crafter-author Emily Dawe (Paper Christmas, 2018) with a focus on holiday-themed pom-poms, a popular and quick craft to adopt. In fact, speed seems to be the essence of his 33 designs, perfectly suited for most careful hands to make at home. Nonetheless, all include color photographs, materials, tools, and instructions. What can a pom-pom be transformed into? His and hers gift toppers, a colorful garland, and, as a nod to his expertise, bauble napkins that could be spotlighted on the pages of Better Homes & Gardens. Includes templates. — Barbara Jacobs, BOOKLIST Nov 15, 2018 issue
JESSIE at HOME Nov 27, 2018
Pompom Noel: 33 Festive Pompoms to Make for Christmas by Alistair MacDonald will help you create decorations, gifts, accessories, and lots of fun this Christmas season. There are cute creations that are clearly for Christmas, and there are also creations that are winter themed or even year-round appropriate, so this book will always be useful! Before the patterns start, you are taught 2 different ways to make the pompoms. There are instructions for the plastic pompom makers, and instructions for using homemade cardboard disks. The patterns found in Pompom Noel are very unique. There are a some that are very easy with just a few steps, and there are those that are more intricate and will take more time to make. Many can be made by kids, some on their own, and some with a little help. No matter which ones you make, they are sure to bring joy. Most of the pompom creations in Pompom Noel are pretty quick to make. This means they are perfect for the busy crafter, and also for the last-minute crafter. They are also reasonably small, so they make great gifts for people on your long-distance list; they fit in smaller packages and don’t weigh much!