Here at Woolyknit, we love to see what you create with our yarn, so we’ve decided to start a ‘Meet the Maker’ series so that we can get to know our Woolyknitters and share their amazing creations. This month we’re talking Rachael, pom pom extraordinaire and owner of the gorgeous Etsy shop, Doris Poms.
Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi there, my name is Rachael, and I am the woman behind Doris Poms. In 2018 two life changing things happened, I left a very stressful and demanding job, and I went on a trip to Peru. I think leaving the pressures of work gave me the freedom and brain space to be creative that I hadn’t had before, and the trip to Peru left me with a love of pom poms, tassels and fibre art.
What was your first ever wool project?
My first ever wool project was a huge pompom & tassel wall hanging. I have a big wall at the bottom of the stairs in our home that needed a statement piece. I was soo inspired by the wall art I had seen in Peru, I knew I had to make my own.
Which project are you most proud of?
The creation I am most proud of, without a doubt, it has to be that huge wall hanging.
What’s your favourite Woolyknit product to work with?
The merino roving is my favourite product from Woolyknit, it is soo soft and fluffy and adds amazing texture when I am weaving.
What’s on your Woolyknit wish list?
The extreme chunky wool from Woolyknit is currently on my wish list, I would love to have a go at arm knitting one of those chunky throws! Maybe that could be one of my winter projects.
What is your top tip when it comes to making wall hangings and pom poms?
My top tips for making the perfect pom poms are, wrap your pom pom maker tightly & fully, and then it is all about the trimming, you just have to keep trimming for that perfectly round pom, and of course good sharp scissors are a must!
What are you doing when you’re not working on your wool creations?
When I am not creating I am probably thinking about creating! I also love the cinema and meeting up with friends, but obviously not so much of that has been able to happen this year.
What do you watch/listen to while you create?
I love to listen to a podcast when I am creating, usually something true crime based.
Where does your colour inspiration come from?
I think my colour inspiration comes from soo many different areas, I am always taking pictures when I am out and about, flowers, a shop window display, paint swatches, fabrics.
What do you enjoy most about running your own creative business?
What I enjoy most about running my own creative business is the freedom to do exactly what I want & bring all my quirky ideas to life, and also, the great community of creative people I have met through Instagram, I just love it!
If you love Rachael’s creations as much as we do, you can find her Instagram at @DorisPoms and her beautiful Etsy shop here.
If you want to be a part of our meet the maker series, make sure you tag us using @Woolyknit on your Instagram photos, and use the hashtag #woolyknit.
All images are taken by Doris Poms.
I love the creations by Doris Poms. I especially like her weaves which often include the odd pompom. The textures and colour palette make them so attractive to me.