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Topic: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along  (Read 1633179 times)
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« Reply #9420 on: June 03, 2009 07:42:14 PM »

So, I got all my stuff (my fabric store didn't have any of the reccomended fabrics so I got a stretchy suede) and started in.  As soon as I finished the first foot, I found that when the fabric was cut at the store, the edge that I'd used had been nicked, so I had to redo.  *le sigh*  Anyway, I fixed that, made arms and legs with no issues, then the torso.  I will admit, it kicked my butt.  Somehow, my shoulder seams ended up wonky as all get out, though my oh-so-patient roommate has assured me REPEATEDLY that they aren't as bad as I think they are, LOL!  I just finished sewing the head and I'm going to stuff it tomorrow and assemble.  Cheesy  At that point, I'll get some photos of it, despite being pretty sure that I won't be able to get clothes made tomorrow as I've got 2 kids running around and a swap I need to work on.
I've got two quick questions before I pass out for the night, first of all, I can't tell if this is a gender-specific pattern.  I've got an idea (a sneaky one) and it needs boy patterns.  Any thoughts?
And has anyone used felt to do this?  I know it's not stretchy, but for less than $2 for what I needed, I figured it was worth a shot.  Thanks!!
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« Reply #9421 on: June 04, 2009 05:38:58 AM »

I can't tell if this is a gender-specific pattern.  I've got an idea (a sneaky one) and it needs boy patterns.  Any thoughts?
And has anyone used felt to do this?  I know it's not stretchy, but for less than $2 for what I needed, I figured it was worth a shot.  Thanks!!

Ghilie's poppet pattern has somewhat of a more girly figure, with wider hips. Alot of people in the poppet along have adapted the pattern, de-widing the hips, placing the shoulders farther back, etc. to give the pattern a more male appearance. I haven't made a boy (yet), but I feel as if when I joint the poppet, I do it so tightly that you cannot tell that the poppet has wide hips or anything, so I think that as is the pattern would be fine for a boy. 

As for felt, I use felt all of the time to make poppet clothes (in fact I pretty much only use felt), because I am not the world's greatest sewer, but I have never attempted to make a poppet out of felt. I guess it would depend on the quality of felt (ie. not something that was going to rip/ make a hole in it when you tried to turn the piece inside out), and it might be more difficult time wise turning the felt pieces, like the legs or arms, the right way without any stretch. It could be possible though.
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« Reply #9422 on: June 04, 2009 07:53:14 AM »

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« Reply #9423 on: June 04, 2009 07:58:39 AM »

I was thinking the same thing about turning, but I'm going to give it a whirl just the same.  Cheesy  I use the end of a pen to turn, so I'm hoping that the lack of sharpness will keep the holes down.
Another thought/question:  I know that most of the poppeteers use yarn for hair, has anyone thought about using Saran/nylon traditional doll hair?  My roommate (who claims to not be crafty, but is totally lying, I'll have posts later to show what she's been up to) commented yesterday that it would be cool if there was a way to knot the hair and pull it through the actual head.  I told her that is what you do with normal doll hair and that yarn would probably not hold up so well.  Which got me thinking, despite the utter volume of the hair required, WOULD that style of hair work?  Once I've done a few I think I might give it a shot, unless someone knows that it just doesn't work.  I know it will be more labor intensive, BUT I figure that for quality/variety of colors it would be totally worth it in the long run.  Especially since I've been thinking about how to make spiky hair.  So, thoughts anyone??
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« Reply #9424 on: June 04, 2009 08:19:30 AM »

I think your best bet would be to use the wig cap idea mentioned on here quite a few times. Ghilie's yarn doll wig tutorial is very good. Here is a link.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8542954@N07/sets/72157606651877346/

A lot of craftsters have used regular hair spray to make the mohawks, and made different welt lengths to accomplish that. The same method could be used for spikes I would think. Even those that use regular wefts for making hair use various colors and lengths.
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« Reply #9425 on: June 04, 2009 09:02:07 AM »

........  I know that most of the poppeteers use yarn for hair, has anyone thought about using Saran/nylon traditional doll hair? .....

I used curly doll hair for a poppet for the last swap


I just used cotton the same colour and sewed it on .... if you took the hair off you'd be able to see just how bad I've sewn it on  Grin
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« Reply #9426 on: June 04, 2009 10:07:20 AM »

OK, I made a fancy kimono with what Hancock's calls "China Silk."  It was NOT easy!  That stuff is slippery and fray-tastic.  So if you guys want to make a kimono, I'd suggested doing a cotton one first.





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« Reply #9427 on: June 04, 2009 10:26:30 AM »

Ohh, pretty!
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« Reply #9428 on: June 04, 2009 02:29:36 PM »

Wow thats awesome!

What fabric would you say is best suitable for poppet skin?  I found some woven fabric I am trying out but its harder than sin to sew, it keeps freying..  Im thinking about picking up some simple cotton fabric, but not sure if that would be ok or not.
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« Reply #9429 on: June 04, 2009 02:40:18 PM »

Go with a knit, slightly fuzzy. I just used a stretchy suede and it's worked really well I think, lol!
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