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« on: August 08, 2010 05:38:42 PM »

I am in the Tentacle swap and my partner mentioned that she liked the two mermaid poppets she had received in other swaps. So I decided to try and make a half girl, half octopus poppet for her.

So, yeah... it was a bit challenging.  I first drafted up a pattern and sewed the body and tentacles together, turned it, stuffed it, and then realized it only had 6 legs.  And there were a couple of other things I didn't like about it. So back to the drawing board.

The second try worked out better although I think the tentacles came out a bit too skinny. And they were really hard to turn and to stuff.  I used a pipe cleaner in each one as well which just added to the difficulty in stuffing them.  Once I had the body together I used standard poppet pieces for the rest although with human hands and ears instead of the paws and cat ears.

And then I though she looked really creepy. Once I got the hair on that helped. And then I needed a dress for her and last some eyelashes.  I think those last touches kept her from being really creepy in the end.  I stuck to a color palate that my partner had in her room of sand, barn read, and navy blue. Finding something to use as the hair was the hardest.  I didn't want just a straight one color yarn. 

I have to say I'm not sure I'd make another one of these just because of how long it took to turn and stuff all of the tentacles.  Although I do have some fabric that would work pretty well for the sucker side of the tentacled. 

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In her dress:

Without her dress:

Before her head:

Underside of the tentacles:

In progress shot:


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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010 05:46:28 PM »

Wow! You did a fantastic job with a very challenging project! I love that you did a smooth transition from torso to tentacle.  I can only imagine how much of a pain they were to turn.  Her face is so sweet too!

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He is such a little stinker!

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2010 05:57:25 PM »

I think she is awesome and not at all creepy in the progress shot!

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2010 06:01:40 PM »

Wow that is too cool! You are very creative, and very courageous! And I thought one tail was bad to turn! Wink

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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2010 06:49:29 PM »

Wow! She is amazing. You did a great job. She has a lovely face, and kudos on the tentacles. I don't even do tails because I don't want to turn them.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2010 07:12:51 PM »

thats really cool!!  I can see how she'd be creepy without the hair and such.  But I love the way she turned out!  She's beautiful!

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2010 08:56:31 PM »

I am so jealous of the awesome poppet, and poppet mods. This is truly wonderful and very cute! Well.. I'll admit, the one without the head is a little weird. I like weird, though!
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2010 09:05:18 PM »

Thanks everyone! 

That torso/ tentacle transition was a pain and I think would come out better if I did it again.  Although stuffing always help smooth out some of the oddities.

I think this patter could go weird pretty easily.  But I like weird and have a minor obsession with cute evil so I might have to attempt this again and not shy away from creepy and just embrace it.  And I have some great green yarn that would look like seaweed I could use as hair.

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2010 09:38:39 PM »

This is an amazing Poppet. You did such a great job.

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2010 09:49:46 PM »


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