So I went to BCB (best crafting buddy) Eliea
's house last June and she got me started on my first (and probably only) poppet. She had this great gold embroidered fabric and I envisioned a lioness. A steampunk lioness.
We dremmeled and painted the eyes, put them in beautifully with felt liners patterned after actual lion photos, made the hair wefts, sewed her up, did everything just so, and she came out looking like...a mouse. Wide doe eyes, wimpy little nose and mouth. Oh, and big pointy goblin ears. I wish I had a picture. It was terrible.
I was so devastated I hid her, naked, on a shelf for a year. She laid there sadly, until one day two weeks ago I woke up with an idea for cosmetic surgery. The ears were reshaped and repositioned, the forehead and bridge of nose taken in to bring her eyes together like a true carnivore, the nose enlarged and the pathetic little mouth unstitched.
When I was finished, she arose, triumphant and wild...Cleo! She demanded clothing, enraged at the indignity of a year in the buff. With her lush Homespun hair and exotic eyes, she defied the steampunk vision I originally had, speaking instead of a free spirited, perhaps a north African, sort of bedoin vibe. Surprised but pleased, I got to work.
This is her in her first outfit, finished today. Nothing fancy, but she isn't one for a lot of frills. Or shoes, for that matter.
Last night I took Cleo to a friend's house. This friend had an old box full of vintage doll clothing that happened to fit pretty well. We had a great fun dress up session and photo shoot, Cleo snarling the whole time.
"Am I supposed to like this?"
"No. Please no. Take it off NOW."
She's much more comfortable in her own clothes now.
Two Wild Cats
The moral of the story is...a Poppet's inner beauty can't be hidden forever, nor can you predict how she will turn out in the end. Thanks Eliea for the beautiful fabric and for getting me started!