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11 April 2020 – Easter Saturday

11 April 2020 – Easter Saturday

Today I got a bit turned around by some pom poms. Today is Easter Saturday aka St Guthlac’s Day and I decided to make an Easter Bunny. I thought about using felt, felting, macramé (I once made a very fetching macramé owl), dough, crochet, more knitting, before finally deciding on pom poms. 

Which might have been fine, had it not been for the resulting cognitive dissonance. Anyhow, I set about my pom poms as one would normally. The only change to the ones I created last century seemed to be the brilliant idea of cutting a notch in the cardboard disks so I no longer had to thread the wool through and through. 

My first attempt did not go well. I thought I would try a fine rough twine and make a soft teaselly kind of bunny. 

Nope. So I returned to wool, the pom pom material of choice. And for some reason I chose a golden yellow colour. The making went well, but I could feel something wasn’t quite right. Pom poms finished, I started the topiary. When they more or less resembled balls, I heated up the glue gun and began cutting the ears out of pink felt. The feeling of unease increased as I made raffia whiskers and found beads for the eyes. But it wasn’t until I started sticking everything together that I finally realised what the matter was (don’t judge, it’s been a long week), Easter Bunnies aren’t golden and sit like snowmen, Easter chicks, on the other hand…

Plus I’d made it look like a psychotic mouse. My crafting A game was way out of whack.

I tried pointing up the ears a bit more and widened the eyes and it did look a bit more rabbit-like, but not by much. Eventually, I resigned myself to the fact I’d created a Franken-bunny-mouse-chick pom pom monster. Albeit a cute Franken-bunny-mouse-chick pom pom monster. 


Cooper, Q. and Sullivan, P. (1994) Maypoles, Martyrs & Mayhem: 366 Days of British Myths, Customs & Eccentricities, London, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

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