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Alistair MacDonald studied fashion design at Central St Martins School of Art in London and set up his own womenswear label, House of Alistair, in 2008. Working from his own studio in Savile Row, he has become a highly respected and well-known fashion designer, and his clothes are stocked by Liberty. Alistair's love of Liberty fabric has fuelled his imagination to design and create a range of craft and textile products and gifts, available at www.houseofalistair.com. Stockists include Liberty and the V & A, and Alistair has distributors in Norway and Japan. www.houseofalistair.com

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Deck the halls with pompoms in this follow-up to the previous Twenty To Make Fabulous Pompoms (also reviewed on myshelf.com). Make decorations for tree, table, walls and more using just leftover yarn, pipe cleaners (aka chenilles) and those cardboard circles.

For those unfamiliar with making pompoms, there are two pages showing how to use both the traditional card circles and the modern pompom makers. The rest of the book is filled with twenty projects, each featuring a page-sized photograph of the finished item displayed, a smaller picture of it on its own, instructions, and what you need. This includes tools as well as materials, always a good touch so you have everything you need before you start. The instructions are very detailed and can look daunting beside a fairly simple model, but include everything for foolproof crafting. Projects include a robin, snowman, Santa and Mrs Claus, bunting, a Christmas tree, stocking, party glass markers, napkin ties etc. All use inexpensive items, many of which crafters might have left over from other projects and show that you can do a lot with a little. Children and adults will both have a ball (or perhaps a bauble) making their holiday decoration personal with this wee book.

* Rachel Hyde - Myshelf.com *

Ideal as cheerful decorations or mini gifts, these designs can be made using a pom-pom set or cardboard templates and oddments. With 20 lovely projects from Santa and Rudolph to garlands and snowflakes, there's something for everyone in this great little book.

* Machine Knitting Monthly *

If you have yet to see any of the books in the Twenty to Make series from Search Press, we urge you to pop to your local bookshop and see what you've been missing. These little books of crafting magic are a great addition to anyone's book shelf, with an accessible price point too.
Pompom Christmas is exactly what it says on the cover, 20 pompom projects for Christmas. The fabulous Santa Claus on the front cover is a great indication of what's to come. For those of us that haven't made a pompon since national school, Alistair has provided instructions to make them at the beginning of the book, using either the traditional cardboard method or the not so traditional plastic pompom makers (which I can't praise enough).
Pompoms are a great source of amusement for young and old alike, children can happily get involved in the creative process. As we've already mentioned, the Santa Claus is fantastic and our other favourites are the angel, Christmas pudding and Mrs Claus is a cutie too. The Pompom Party Glass Markers would be a welcome addition to any gathering, all year round. We'd recommend the book to for all ages and abilities. Some of the little people might need a bit of help, but they'll love it none the less.

* Olann and -http://olannand.ie/book-reviews/ *

December 2015

Now here's a little book bursting at the seams with great ideas for Christmas - all made from the humble pompom. These projects have oodles of charm and are easy to make, so ask the children to join in the fun too- you'll be able to create a whole host of Christmas characters -including Santa and Rudolph- and decorations. All designs are easy to follow and can be made using the traditional cardboard ring method or a modern, plastic, pompom maker. So pick up your yarn and get making.

* Love to Make *

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