So I was told that tomorrow (April 30th) the winner of the craft contest that I made this poppet for would be announced, but as I am impatient, I have been clicking on the link for a couple of days to see if there was any results, and today when I clicked, I did find that the winner was announced... Sadly, I did not win It is a bit of a bummer, but the winning project is pretty cool, you can see it here: http://www.atv.ca/london/promo/ThatsCrafty/index.html
Thanks everyone for your support (and votes)- I really appreciated it!
About a month and a half ago my parents and me were watching our local news channel when the station announced that they were hosting a craft contest. They asked viewers to submit an idea of a craft that they would like to make using $100 worth of craft supplies from a local craft store. From all of the submissions they would then choose 5 finalists who would receive the $100 and would have a week and a half to make their submission. Voting would then occur as to who the news viewers thought had made the best craft and the winner would win A $1000 GIFT CARD TO THE CRAFT STORE!!!
At the time I was in a poppet kick, so I submitted my idea of making a gigantic poppet. A few weeks went by and I forgot about the contest, but then! I received an email that I had been chosen that I was a finalist and I was to make a poppet, however, as mentioned, I would only have a week and a half... EEK! I actually almost declined being a participant in the contest mainly because school is wrapping up now and I have had to write a gazillion essays and exams to study for. BUT... Then I thought, "Am I crazy? A thousand dollars would fuel my craft addiction for like what- two months
So I then set out in making the poppet. Because the news viewers are the voters, I wanted to make something that would really appeal to them, I was thinking of current relevant topics that people would relate to- like "Avatar" or "Alice in Wonderland"
. Then my mom suggested our local OHL (Ontario Hockey League) Team, the London Knights. The Knights are pretty kick ass and they have taken home gold for a number of years. I thought that this was a great idea, as their supporters are pretty crazy, and it helped that they were in the play-offs at the time (however, they were kicked out yesterday). When I make something I typically don't feel attached to it or am not super proud of it, however I am pretty proud of her and super attached to her. Unfortunately while I was making her, my grandmother unexpectedly passed away. She was one of those crazy 80 year olds who would constantly be running around here and there, super active who everyone thought would kick around forever. My Grammie was a major London Knights fan, and a few nights before she passed away she was at one of the Knights play-off games. The day of her funeral the Knights won and it was really nice because everyone said that they won for her. So I think that that helps with the attachment thing... If anyone wants to vote for my submission (pretty, pretty please! ), you can vote here: http://www.atv.ca/london/promo/ThatsCrafty/index.html (unfortunately in the picture her hair is a tad messy )...
Anyways, one to the poppet...
I wanted to make her gigantic, so I made her two and a half feet tall... She is HUGE! Honestly... She is made out of 2 metres of velour and 210 yards of yarn for her hair. You would think that $100 gift card would equate to lots of poppet supplies, but alas, I actually left 1/4 of the cart behind because I could in no way go over $100. I based her outfit off of this jersey: http://www.sportslogos.net/logo.php?id=uggmaopgfg8gh7eh6ehr23svd
. The Knights have 5 different jerseys, but I thought that this one would match her skin tone the nicest.
Here she is in all of her glory:
Side view. I really love the yarn I used, it had tons of great streaks in in and it is super soft. I individually sewed on each piece of hair. I think that the yarn is by Red Heart:
I handpainted her eyes. I was really shocked to find some in Canada:
I am really happy with how her jersey logo turned out. I hand painted it on a piece of canvas like material:
Here she is holding a pom-pom. They are removable and attach with velcro:
With a measuring stick (and without her pom-poms):
And here she is with one of my regular 16 inch tall poppets. As you can see one regular poppet is about the same height of one of her legs:
And here is a silly picture of me holding her (don't mind my pjs, I was working on her before school one day
). Holding her is like carrying a small child.
Thanks for looking (and maybe voting
PS. Here is the link to the poppet along: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0