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Meet Pom-Pom Sensation Trikotri

If you're looking for a little fluffy pick-me-up, look no further! We speak to the Japanese Insta star who's taking this crafty trend by storm – and find out exactly how she is changing the shape of things to come...

Meet Pom-Pom Sensation Trikotri

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You're officially a member of the pom-pom glitterati! What first inspired you to get started? When I was younger, I loved drawing and crafting, and I kept up my creative side with various hobbies throughout the years. I used to work at a craft shop, and first started making pom-poms to use in shop displays and as samples for workshops. I didn’t ever dream that it would eventually lead to me publishing a book!

Image: Trikotri

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Your designs have a distinctive life-like look. Where did you find the inspiration? When I first started, I used to work with just two colours to create animals, such as sheep and birds. But one day, I decided to try and make a squirrel instead – this was when I first discovered the joy of making patterned pom-poms. I've always liked needle felting so working with yarn came quite naturally to me. I was also influenced by Steiff’s range of toys: I'd seen some images on their website and thought their products were simply adorable!

Meet Pom-Pom Sensation Trikotri
Image: Trikotri

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So tell us, what's the secret behind creating your fabulous makes? I tend to skip the sketching stage and start working on the project right away, referring to photos as I go. I take notes: recording yarn colours, positioning and how many times I've wrapped it around. I create a sample first, then try to improve on it by changing the position of the colours and the volume. It usually takes a few trial runs to come up to the best possible method.

Image: Trikotri

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Pom-poms have led you to become 'Insta Famous'! How has the app influenced your work? I think my designs have become popular as they have the heart-melting sweetness that real animals possess but at the same time, combine the quirkiness of stuffed animals. Instagram has been such a helpful way to showcase my work. It's not very common for a Japanese craft book to be translated into English, and I believe this incredible opportunity has been thanks to the support I've received online.

Meet Pom-Pom Sensation Trikotri
Image: Trikotri

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Speaking of your new book, can you give us a taster of what we can expect to find inside? There are 40 different projects in Pom Pom Animals to choose from, including a bear, rabbit, sheep, squirrel and a seal to name just a few. There's a real mix for every skill level – if you're a complete beginner, I'd encourage you to have a go! While the yarns I've used in the book are made in Japan, you can easily swap these with ones from your stash in similar colours and weights.

Image: Trikotri

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Finally, if you had to pick one – what's your favourite animal from the book? While it doesn't play a starring role in the title, it has to be the little sparrow. I love it, and I hope that it will be well-received by my readers. I've got so many more ideas that I would like to try out though. My main motivation is to keep on creating; I will hopefully be writing more books and designing more pom-pom making kits soon. Watch this space!

Meet Pom-Pom Sensation Trikotri
Image: Trikotri

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Learn how to create your very own adorable critters with help from Trikotri's brand-new book Pom Pom Animals. On sale from June 21st at amazon.co.uk

Meet Pom-Pom Sensation Trikotri
Image: Trikotri

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