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« Reply #5820 on: May 10, 2008 05:53:26 PM »

metal shank buttons also work in place of the the dritz ball cover buttons.  Plastic shank buttons could break.  Doll needles are just needles that are loooong.  It's hard to needlescupt and to joint a doll when your needles are so short they get lost in the body.  Look for the longest needles you can find - maybe look in the upholstery section.

How stretchy is the jersey?  It's fine if it's rather firm, but if it stretches alot, you will end up with an gangly poppet.
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« Reply #5821 on: May 11, 2008 04:45:15 AM »

Okay! I just sent the pdf of the gnome pattern to Mloopy!  Whoot!

Yeah Garden Gnomes soon to come!!  Grin

Please feel free to PM me with your email if your interested in the pdf and I'll send it to you.

These are just the pattern pieces, if you don't have the original instructions from Ghilie you'll need those to. All I did was play with the scale of her pattern.

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« Reply #5822 on: May 11, 2008 07:07:38 AM »

I bought a pack of 4 inch needles in the needle section at JoAnns. This is what I use to joint my doll. I've not been able to sculpt them well enough to leave them sculpted >.> Wrinkled bums and pulled through belly buttons = no thanks.
The half ball cover buttons are the type you cover with fabric, I see them used for upholstering stuff most often.
I use curtains from WalMart for my girls. Look at their "Mainstays" Curtains for "Chino", it stretches on the bias slightly... But makes a nice looking poppet...
New girl is assembled! I might redo her arms at some point. One sees a tad higher than the other.
Here is the Henna Poppet:



and Henna with two of her sisters, JuneBug and Maeve. Ishtar _still_ needs legs...

All are "chino" curtain poppets >.>
Now for hair for Henna. I'm looking for a pretty reb/brown fuzzy yarn for her. She might wind up haired temporarily with something similar to JuneBugs hair...
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« Reply #5823 on: May 11, 2008 08:37:01 AM »

I am loving the henna tattoos!

About the needlesculpting - All the bums are a little wrinkled.  If the belly button pulled through, you just pulled a little too hard.  With each time you go through the belly button you can pull a little harder.  I often go through the belly button 5 or 6 times, same with the bum.

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« Reply #5824 on: May 11, 2008 10:08:46 AM »

Fearyfae- How much do those types of curtains cost? Also how many poppets can you make from 1 curtain? If they are about the same as the poppet skin I will have to get some! I can't get the "real" poppet skin near me and have had to swap for my stash, but curtains I can get since I have a walmart 2 minutes from my house.
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« Reply #5825 on: May 11, 2008 11:24:31 AM »

I used one panel of a tan two panel set and got about 5 poppets out of it, might manage another. Measurements on the package are for the 80' x 63 curtains. I spent about 15 dollars. With a seam ripper you can open the side seams and even the tabs at the top to winkle more fabric out of it. They seem fairly cost friendly, there is a small amount of fray, but not horrendous, omg, it's gonna fall apart. I like that it's fairly firm when stuffed and I get a good "sharp" nose with it.
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« Reply #5826 on: May 11, 2008 11:53:33 AM »

this may be in the instructions that i have not read yet, but is the official poppet skin something like ultrasuede? that's what i keep imagining from the pictures, but then the descriptions sound like it's more cottony...

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« Reply #5827 on: May 11, 2008 11:55:20 AM »

It's easiest to work with alova suede, a firm polyester knit with minimal stretch.  It's fuzzy on one side and smooth on the other.
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« Reply #5828 on: May 11, 2008 12:03:51 PM »

this may be in the instructions that i have not read yet, but is the official poppet skin something like ultrasuede? that's what i keep imagining from the pictures, but then the descriptions sound like it's more cottony...

confused.

No no no! Not ultrasuede! Bad stuff for dollies! Imagine a fake suede that doesn't look like suede on the wrong side of the fabric. There are a lot of fake suedes to choose from. They'll group them all together at Joann's. Sometimes they're with the "suitings." Alova suede is by far the easiest to work with because it doesn't fray, and you can stuff it tightly without your form stretching out of shape. Still you have to be careful about placement of your pattern pieces. If you place with the stretch going vertically, you'll end up with a thinner poppet, with the stretch going horizontally, your poppet will be chubby, with a rounder face.
That's how I ended up with my Gnome poppet. She still turned out great, but I was wanting something different at the time, and had to start over for the intended doll. No regrets, though. I love Gretchen.
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« Reply #5829 on: May 11, 2008 12:23:14 PM »

ok, got it.  sorry, as soon as i saw "alova suede", i knew this was a repeat question. 
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