Alright. First off, when I went to make my poppet (first one!) this afternoon, I realized I didn't have shank buttons for the joints. SO! I went to my doll book Creative Cloth Doll Faces
by Patti Medaris Culea and flipped through it ,thinking I had seen something like that before.
Here's what you do:
1. Take a LONG sculpting needle and double (or triple, or quadruple, whichever you feel necessary) thread and stitch a knot where you want your leg/arm. Trust me, you'll want a long needle. I stitch in the same place three times to anchor the thread, it's the same as a knot and not quite as unsightly.
2. Push the needle through the leg/arm in the middle. Go up, and then back through the leg a little ways away from the entry point. Push through the leg/arm AND the body to the other side where you want the other leg/arm. Pull tight.
3. Insert needle into second leg/arm in the middle. Go up, and then back through the leg, and push back to the other leg/ar, around the same place you did before.
4. Do this two or three times, and then anchor off. Your doll should be able to move its joints!
THINGS TO WATCH FOR:
DON'T make the stitch too big! If you make the stitch that you do on each leg/arm before going back through too big, it will be a little harder to move the joint. This is because you want to have a small space in which the thread moves as the joint.
Make sure you anchor the thread well! You don't want the thread to come out after all your hard work!
Make sure to double the thread! Again, you don't want the thread to break or come undone after you're finished!
Well, I hope this helps some of you out there who don't have the right materials for poppets/dolls/whatever!