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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: A poodle moth! on: July 17, 2013 12:58:33 AM
Far out, I love that little guy! He definitely rocks.   I make moths too :-)  I live in New Zealand and we have these amazing, huge (bigger than your hand)  moths called "Puriri" ... they spend years as catepillars and emerge for only 4 days, before they die. Mine are textile creations.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hogwarts Castle Dollhouse and Harry Potter Friends! on: July 06, 2013 02:30:55 PM
I'm sure that there's nothing I can say that hasn't been said already ... but that is utterly, completely, stupendously awesome. Well done!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Daryl Dixon. Again. :P on: July 06, 2013 02:27:51 PM
Whaoh, the hair is almost disturbing! Its awesome!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Foxy Lady - art doll swap on: July 06, 2013 02:26:29 PM
Really well made. I especially admire your painting skills
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harold Rabbit - completed softie on: July 06, 2013 02:24:34 PM
Harold Rabbit is a soft toy, made from an old shift and calico off cuts. He has an embroidered face, long limbs and a cute fluffy butt. You can see photos

and read more about him here: http://carolinelarnach.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/hoppity-home-harold-rabbit/
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finger puppet confusion!!! on: November 17, 2005 01:11:12 PM
Hi there
I'd recommend a mixture of sewing and gluing. I would make the bodies of the puppets in felt, sewing together a front and back in blanket stitch. Keep the facial features really simple - use black embriodery thread to make French knots or short downward stiches (like " I ") for eyes; no noses; perhaps a black felt " O " for the singer's mouth and simple straight horizontal stitches "----" for the others. 'Curving' a smile can be tricky; an easy way to make a smile is to do a two-stitch shallow V shape.

To make the hair, I'd use wool in long strands than you think you need. Lay several strands across the puppets head and stitch them down along what would be the centre or side parting. Then, you can trim the hair to the style you want. This is a good time to employ that glue - using it to secure the hair in place.

Beware that glue and felt can be a combination tricky on something as small as a finger puppet - as felt is fiberous (sp?) it tends to pick up the glue where you don't want it to be and its also difficult to get the edges sealed down without getting glue everywhere. Plus, it can soak through and make the felt kinda hard or crusty.

The accessories will be fun - match sticks for the drummer ... ummmm ... guitars for the others!

Finally, I'd suggest making a single one first as your test puppet, to get the shapes, face, and technique right before you start cutting the rest. Good luck and show us the pics!
7  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: A/S/L on: November 14, 2005 10:55:57 AM
30/f/North London

Cute cinnamon - you're on the wrong page, pal! This is the England subsite of the UK
8  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: London Sewing Partners on: October 28, 2005 08:49:45 AM
A Stich & Bitch? Brilliant. Easier to meet up and hand sew, can't see it being too easy to lug a machine around on the tube or to set up a bunch in someone's front room. Unless anyone's a school teacher and we could set up in a classroom...?
9  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Your own labels on: March 20, 2004 01:14:17 PM
I have sourced my own, personalised sew-in labels from Cash's http://www.jjcash.co.uk/person.htm and they look pretty damn nice.

I ordered them at Wimbledon Sewing Centre but I know you can also order at John Lewis and it looks like you can do it from anywhere in the UK or the world online.

Don't get put off by the simplicty on site. You can choose wording, font, colour text, colour background, etc. I nominated 2 lines of text "Handmade by/[my name]" and got 30+ for something like 7 incl deliver UK.

Don't quote me on price, it's kinda vague!
10  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Craft Rocks! at the V&A (26 March, London) on: March 20, 2004 12:39:09 PM
I picked up a flier today (checking out the craft at Portobello; report = could do better) for CRAFT ROCKS!  at the V&A on Saturday 26 March 2004.

Looks like a knitting and crochet extravaganza, with tutorials, free wool and needles, DJs, freestyle knitting circle (?!), a tour of craft at V&A and more...

Details off flier:
18:30 - 22:00
Victoria & Albert Museum, SW7 (South Ken)
Booking +44 207 942 2211
http://www.vam.ac.uk/exploring/contemporary/friday_late/
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