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« Reply #10870 on: April 24, 2010 09:24:33 PM »

I am almost done reading this thread, and I think I am prepared for my first poppet.  These are the things I need to know.  If you think I am missing something, please tell me!  

-Fabric should have a slight stretch, but not to much stretch, and it shouldn't fray to much
-Freezer papper is also known as butcher paper
-It doesn't matter what it is called, you just need a needle that is long enough to go through the poppet's shoulders and hips for jointing
-Don't worry if the poppet's head doesn't look good when it's not stuffed yet
-Don't worry if the toes look pointy and deformed, because they are supposed to be that way before you needle sculpt them
-Don't worry if the entire thing looks strange after you complete it, you are probably imagining it because all poppets look cute!
-For jointing, any shank button with a metal (not plastic, because it will break) shank works.  Teddy bear joints also work.  
-For jointing, try to avoid flavoured floss and waxed floss goes for stronger knots.  
-When jointing, pull the floss TIGHT
-Stuff it a lot
-Stuff it A LOT
-Stuff it A LOT
-The head won't explode in the oven when you bake the nose clay
-But the eyes will melt
-To turn fingers, tail, ect, you can use tweezers, straw+dowel, crochet hook, knitting needle or a pen
-There are many helpful links on the first page of this craft-along
-If you need help, your fellow Craftsters will be sure to help you!
-Ghilie is terrific for sharing the poppet pattern so freely!!!!!!!

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« Reply #10871 on: April 25, 2010 12:44:56 AM »

*rolls in cause it's the cool thing to do*

Just finished sewing my first poppet i need to do some sewing up of seams that were left open but i have the head on... it was a little tricky to sew on. Maybe i could have read the directions and gotten some great insight but im more of a cut out and go type of girl XD. I have the shanks in and contrary to the happiness of my thumbs i have done some needle sculpting with a rather smallish needle, and probably will do the joining the same way... i do ocassionally love on my body, but i am a strong believer in earning love. It looks great so far. I learned one thing though.... when you dont have freezer paper or money to get some, Oil based color pencils, such as prismacolor, will transfer to your fabric with no issues and avoid the fifty milion resews i had to do because my fabric and my paper were way outta wack.... thank god for prismas again... I will update with pictures when im done. Gunna try something else kinda cool next, kinda wanna make a centaur and a faun so we will see how it goes.

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« Reply #10872 on: April 25, 2010 05:39:28 AM »

does butcher paper have a waxy side and a paper side?  if so, they are similar.  i hear you can also use the paper that reams of paper come it.
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« Reply #10873 on: April 25, 2010 07:55:53 AM »

Any shank button will do so long as it's the right size. and yes, the needle has to be that long to reach all the way through the body without getting lost inside. I'll send you one of my spares, I still have ur digits somewhere... need anything else while I'm at it?
Awe hon, your so generous!  you don't need to send it, I just heard of a craft store in the other city I don't go to often (but will start now LOl)  I'm betting they have things I need..  Just need to get away without the oldest children... Cheesy
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« Reply #10874 on: April 25, 2010 08:07:49 AM »

My tip of the month/age/ etc is to use a curved needle to sew the hair/wig on. It makes such a difference. A fellow poppeteer posted that in one of their finished projects and I've done it since. And it makes my life easier.
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« Reply #10875 on: April 25, 2010 09:16:07 AM »

I agree Ghilie is terrific. Just wondering if she has any clue how many poppet patterns she has given out over the years and are there any poppets that have been made that are her favs?
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« Reply #10876 on: April 25, 2010 09:29:14 AM »

I agree Ghilie is terrific. Just wondering if she has any clue how many poppet patterns she has given out over the years and are there any poppets that have been made that are her favs?

lol, well, I am partial to the ones I've made, haha.  The new one, the red headed victorian lady was just smashing.  I cant remember who made it, but the boy with the shaggy fur hair was super cute too.

I've probably given the pattern out a couple thousand times, judging from the amount of pages in my inbox...
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« Reply #10877 on: April 25, 2010 10:43:07 AM »

Speaking of that shaggy haired little guy (if the one I made is the one you're talking about), I never got around to posting a thread for him. I made him a really cool guitar and everything so he could be a rockstar and now he just sits and gazes, in a very cute tutu that lovesclutter sent me, at Blair the love of his life who really doesn't want to give him the time of day.


Ghilie is terrific.

Make sure you use the stretch from side to side and NOT up and down, unless you want a really long and skinny poppet.
There is a tute somewhere on making the toes round-less-pointy, did you see that one?
One tip, if you get frustrated or less your mojo, check out this thread using the 'images only' option Wink.

Well, if you're using something that stretches a lot I say use the horizontal stretch, but if you're using alova or doe/deer suede I like the vertical stretch. The first way looks a little more chubby and sweet, the second a little more sleek and 'adult-like'.
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« Reply #10878 on: April 26, 2010 09:03:31 AM »

this is probably a really redundunt question and has been asked before a hundred million times I'm sure...for that "I'm sorry"  but here's the question

How tall is a poppet supposed to be?  I've heard 16" but the two I've made were only maybe at best 12".

What did I do wrong?  not that it's wrong,I guess, but I would like to make a poppet the size everyone elses is and haven't got a clue how to do that?
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« Reply #10879 on: April 26, 2010 09:47:34 AM »

this is probably a really redundunt question and has been asked before a hundred million times I'm sure...for that "I'm sorry"  but here's the question

How tall is a poppet supposed to be?  I've heard 16" but the two I've made were only maybe at best 12".

What did I do wrong?  not that it's wrong,I guess, but I would like to make a poppet the size everyone elses is and haven't got a clue how to do that?

We just had this discussion a bit ago, here are some of the responses (also found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.11060):

The ones I've made from alova are all around 14".

I wanna say they're about 14 too. The ones I make are about 75% of the pattern and they're about 11-12 inches.

Which way do you make your fabric stretch? That could make a difference as to the height of your poppets (I always horizontal stretch) and I put a lot of stuffing in there, like honestly pretty rock hard, and I find doing that doubly stretches the fabric out, making my poppets pretty tall (16 plus inches). Here is some info on the stretch:
Make sure you use the stretch from side to side and NOT up and down, unless you want a really long and skinny poppet.

Well, if you're using something that stretches a lot I say use the horizontal stretch, but if you're using alova or doe/deer suede I like the vertical stretch. The first way looks a little more chubby and sweet, the second a little more sleek and 'adult-like'.

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