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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Muppet Style Puppet Tutorial on: January 27, 2012 01:30:25 PM
Re: courage w/ puppets,

I thought of it a bit like puppet therapy. Bringing a puppet to my friend's "Circus"-themed b-day party also helped. Also, going to fetish nights. I figured that all these guys are in various bondage and leather contraptions around me so me having a puppet on my hand is really on par.

It came from talking to my puppets as well. Derek is kinda my inner-gay boy coming out (so to speak). All my puppets had a lot more chutzpah than I did that I just embraced it.

Also had the line that went something like (coming out of Derek's mouth), "I'm strange? You're the one having a conversation with a puppet."

I also live in a big city.  Grin
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Muppet Style Puppet Tutorial on: January 18, 2012 07:23:25 AM
Regarding the body, since my guy was shirtless, I did the Henson stitch along the sides (fluffing up the fleece really does make a difference... Also, I think I used the same you tube video tutorial for that!)

I DID do machine stitching for the arms it went back to fluff the fleece so it'd blend better.

SO excited to see the body!


3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Muppet Style Puppet Tutorial on: January 17, 2012 02:17:00 PM

Derek 1.0 with thrift store fleece and hot glue instead of sewing (foam everything though)

Not the best pic of him but



Version 2.1. Done with high end fleece, the special puppet stitch, etc. I redid the head once. I can't get the shape right. The first head was better overall shape but some imperfections in the mouth area (mostly inside where I put in a foam strap to hold my hand closer to the mouth plate). This head is better up front but the profile and overall look has a lot to be desired. Hence the interest in your head pattern.

2.1 got roughed up since the main places I brought him to was a gay bar in Chicago and one guy decided to try to break my hand while it was inside the puppet. Yeah. He also has his own Facebook page and has had long discussions with people on a city bus. Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: No-sew tutu for doll/statue (link to tutorial) on: January 17, 2012 09:26:46 AM
Thanks! The more I cut it, the better it looks. It was nice and fairy-like when it was unfinished but this fits for the piece better.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Muppet Style Puppet Tutorial on: January 17, 2012 09:19:52 AM
Awesome job. I've assembled a couple using patterns I've cobbled together online (it's really hard to find them for free!). You use all the same methods I did as well. I may have to go back to my Derek puppet and make version 3.0
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Russian Nesting Dolls on: January 17, 2012 07:59:00 AM
Nice job! It would be awesome to do one with all the incarnations of the Doctor.

Love Doctor Who!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / No-sew tutu for doll/statue (link to tutorial) on: January 17, 2012 07:57:36 AM
First completed project post ever!



Done from a tutorial found here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2011/11/01/no-sew-tutu-tutorial/

Used 1- 1 1/2 yards of tulle though I certainly could re-do it with a lot less.

I had tried to do one with some tulle-like mesh that I found at the Dig N' Save but....



... the mesh was too stiff and large to really work with the smaller scale of the doll. I also doubled up a lot of the tulle when I put it on the elastic.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Junk in the Flamingo Trunk - tutorial included! [picture heavy] on: January 14, 2012 10:09:54 AM
This was inspiring to see! I went to the St. Vincent's Dig 'n Save and picked up all the little pieces in the toy bins. Under $4.00 for half a reusable bag of objects PERFECT for this. Doing one now using the sillhouette of Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.

I started out using the hot glue gun because I couldn't find any Elmer's.

Has there ever been an issue with pieces chipping or falling off the finished piece?
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