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Dec 20

Snowball Garland

Designed by Stephanie Flynn Sokolov

Make snowballs without freezing your hands! Then hang them all over your house for winter décor. Pom-pom snowballs will never melt and the whole family will enjoy making these garlands.

I spun low-twist yarn from wool and glittery Stellina. Some of that yarn became sparkly fluffy pom-poms—the yarn untwists as it’s handled for extra floof. The remaining yarn was twisted into rope with gold and silver sewing thread. (You can substitute commercial yarns if you don’t want to spin.) Then I tied pom-poms onto the rope for a festive garland. No matter where you live, you can enjoy some snow that you’ll never have to shovel!

Equipment

  • spinning wheel or drop spindle—I used a Schacht Cherry Ladybug
  • 72 psi hand carders, any size
  • The Incredible Rope Machine
  • Clover Pom-Pom Makers—I used 1-3/8″ and 1-5/8″ sizes
  • sharp scissors or X-acto knife

Snowball Garland around window

Materials

The roving and Stellina made about 145 yards of yarn at 8 to 9 wraps per inch (worsted/Aran weight). If you substitute commercial yarn, look for something with low twist and high sparkle. Any yarn weight will work, though you will need more yardage for skinnier yarns.

  • about 4 oz of Brown Sheep Company white roving (2.2 ounces for pom-poms, 1.6 ounces for rope)
  • less than 1 gram of Stellina in silver and gold
  • gold and silver sewing thread, 14 yards of each color
  • strong white sewing thread or fine yarn to tie pom-poms—I used white upholstery thread

Download the Snowball Garland PDF.