After making many mistakes on my first poppet, I tried again, with rather different results. I stuffed this one a thousand times firmer (I'm not really sure I like the super-firm stuffing, I like my stuffies to be a little...slumpy.) She's also got a bamboo skewer spine, her hair is heavy! Its a handspun yarn, and it is a lot redder in person, with bits of super red and some blue. I kind of forgot to sew her ears into the head seams, so her ears are sewed on in a C shape to the sides of the head using a ladder stitch. Her dress is the easy peasy dress, the only difference is that I lined both the skirt and bodice, the shiny fabric was too slippery to work with on a small scale. (though I managed to break my first needle ever sewing the bodice to the skirt!)
She has no name because she's going off to michigan to live with a good friend of mine, and I'm going to let my friend name her.
Also, I dont think I'll needle sculpt the fingers and toes...I kind of like how she looks without sculpting.
May I ask how it is you sewed on her hair? It looks like there's a lot of it, where on her head did you sew it on? Thanks!
I wefted the hair, using the tutorials from the on-going poppet along thread, and then I sewed on one long weft in a circle around the head, and two shorter ones on either side of the center seam on the back of her head (this will let you have a center part for pigtails). there is also a small weft in front of her ears for her bangs. It probably looks like there is more hair than there actually is, she has quite a bit of scalp showing if her hair doesn't sit right. Hope that helps, if it doesn't make sense...let me know and I'll take some photos.
I'm working on my 2nd poppet already...but I have a question!
how tight do you all stuff the arms and legs? If I stuff my legs as tight as I did the body, the leg gets all long and shapeless...but leaving it stuffed looser feels odd, like the legs dont belong on the body because they are so much lighter.
I've attempted stuffed toys before with varying degrees of success...but never tried a human-oid type doll before. I've admired poppets for a really long time...and with my birthday money I bought supplies to make one! I am hooked!
She's made of alova suede (I think, I've had the fabric for quite some time.) Her hair is wefted out of some green yarn I spun when I was first learning to spin, its very uneven, and there wasnt enough of it to knit with, so it made perfect hair! her eyes are a little far apart for my liking, but she's still cute. Her dress is made out of a green polka-dot, with ghile's easy peasy dress pattern.
She has no name yet, so any suggestions will be accepted!