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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Alice in Wonderland Poppet on: July 08, 2010 06:16:34 AM
So in the process of organizing The Poppet Mini Swap one of the participants received the Mad Hatter Poppet (seen here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=351153.0). The receiver of the Mad Hatter and I then decided to do a personal swap and I knew right away that I wanted to make Her an Alice in Wonderland doll to go alongside the Mad Hatter.

I made her legs a different colour than the body so it looks like she is wearing stockings and I made my first pair of poppet shoes!

I gave her the little black signature Alice bow/hairband:

And I used alwaysinspired's technique in painting safety eyes (seen here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336044.0):

22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Poppet Mini Swap Round 3??? on: June 20, 2010 06:48:01 PM
So we are currently wrapping up The Poppet Mini Swap Round 2 and quite a few people have expressed interest in another round!

This is an easy-peasy swap... All that is required is sending your partner one completed and clothed poppet!

I was thinking that if there was enough people interested I would open the swap on July 1st. Sign-ups would go til July 10th (I learned from the last round not to have sign-ups too long Wink). Participants would have one month to craft and therefore send-outs would be August 10th. I leave for Europe July 19th- 27th so I think with the dates as mentioned above, so the timing works for me, but heck... Let me know if this works for you too!

Here is the discussion thread of the previous round (round 2): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345805.0
The gallery of the previous round (round 2): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=347781.0

The discussion thread of the original round: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307049.0
The gallery of the original round: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310633.0

Remember, if you want a copy of the poppet pattern PM ghilie at: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=99532
And as always, the Poppet Along thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0

23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Amarinth the Poppet and Mooglie the hedgehog on: May 23, 2010 07:29:26 PM
I finished this little gal last week for the poppet miniswap I am organizing. My partner was pretty open minded about what type of poppet she wanted, so when I was reading her questionnaire and saw that she liked to think of herself as an eco-chick I thought I would run with that theme/ boho-ish. After determining the theme, however, I was somewhat stuck as to how to execute it... So when I went to the States with my dad last week I had him take me to Jo-Ann Fabrics, a craft store I was unfamiliar with, to see if I could find anything inspirational. I was in awe when I saw all of the fat quarters that they carry, here in Canada I can rarely find fat quarters except in specialty quilting stores and they run on average $5-10 a piece. When I saw the batik I knew that I had to have some (I dunno about anyone else, but whenever I see batik I think of nature), especially when I saw one in my partners favourite colours, greens, blues, purples, and browns. The eco-chick then started developing in my head... And here is the result, her name is Amarinth:

I gave her wings, as I figured when she wasn't saving the environment she could flutter about. They are attached with velcro. This was my first time attaching them with velcro, I think I will stick to this method from now on:

The bodice of her dress and the top layer of her dress skirt are made of the same piece of batik (even though it doesn't exactly look like it- this was my favourite piece of batik, it combined all of the colours together). The second layer is a blue and purple piece and the bottom is a brown, green and yellow piece of batik. I made her a belt out of the blue batik to tie in her inner ear colour and her eye colour (and the blues of the batik):

My family and I wer debating about which belt looked nicer on her, so I sent both to my partner to let her and her poppet decide Wink. This belt is made out of faux patterned suede:

I didn't want her to get lonely on her journey so I made her a little friend, which the receipent named Mooglie:

And here is a close-up of her little friend. I completely hand-sewed him out of fax suede and fun fur and handpainted his features. He is pretty little, prolly no bigger than a golf ball:


Here is the poppet along link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Poppet Mini Swap Round 2 Gallery on: May 17, 2010 02:33:03 PM
The Poppet Mini Swap Round 2 Gallery!
Send by June 12th 2010

Discussion Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345805.0

Sent and Received
Feedback Given
Late with communication
Late without communication, contact me ASAP

bobbiemay- blue_lalita
sunflowersmiles- puamelia
mommythemaid- ckchan
rasita -kwiltykate
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ebert the House Elf (first time needle sculpting) on: May 10, 2010 06:48:08 PM
When I was cleaning out my computer's history the other day, I came across a pattern that I had bookmarked a few years ago, hoping that one day I could make use out of it, lootsvele's elf pattern: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whymsicallotus/719865607/in/set-72157600417995081/. I also love all of her various characters, including her finished elf: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whymsicallotus/758017888/in/set-72157600417995481/, her fairy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whymsicallotus/580522851/in/set-72157600417995481/ and her hobbit-like creature: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whymsicallotus/812052341/in/set-72157600417995481/.

As I have been making poppets for about a year now, I thought that I would give her elf pattern a go, as the patterns are quite similar. However, I was somewhat intimidated as I believed that the elf's face was very, very expressive in lootsvele's use of needlesculpting, something I had never attempted before (and had very little knowledge of)... But being a Craftster-er, I decided to give it a chance- trial and error right? Wink

This is how Ebert the House Elf was born... I constructed him out of a superbly stretchy faux suede that I picked up the other day (which I happen to really, really love and hope to make poppets out of in the future). He is about 22 inches tall, I enlarged the pattern by 150%. As I was needlescuplting his face, I joking placed some brushed out yarn around his head, making him look like Cyrus from Gossip Girl (http://static.episode39.it/character/2283.jpg). My mom and I thought it was hilarious, and therefore his monk hairstyle stuck Cheesy...  He is my favourite doll I have ever made before (even though my little sister may think he is creepy Wink ).

Ebert is a very well-mannered house-elf that I treat very well (no dirty dish towels for him!). He has an adorable British accent and he is always so excited to take a guest's jacket for them:

Here is another view of his sculpting, I like to think that he looks like he is smiling Smiley:

Here he is in all of his glory (he is a very light mint green colour, it is a bit washed out in this picture):

He often enjoys a cup of tea after a hard day of work (he has pipecleaners in his fingers to make them poseable):

And as he is so well mannered and loves to clean, cook, etc., he is quite the ladies man Wink:

26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Sign-up period? on: May 05, 2010 06:30:55 PM
I was just wondering if there is a general minimum length of time for swap sign-ups? I understand that some swaps like the Ongoing Wish Swap or STS have sign-ups for the majority (or all) of a month, or in some cases sign-ups are void or disregarded in swaps where there is only a limited number of swapper spaces available and they all fill up before the sign-ups are over... But for a typical swap is there a general length? I personally found when I was looking at various swaps that the sign-up periods were typically one and a half to two weeks long.

Also, if you find that after the initial participant boom of launching your swap there are no more swappers interested in joining your swap, can you shorten the sign-up period from the time line you initially set out? I don't think that you could, as there could be first time swappers waiting their months time to join or swap, or similar situations- I was just wondering and thought that this would be the perfect place to find out Cheesy. I haven't had any swappers join my swap in almost half a week (?) and there is still a week of sign-ups. I know that the swappers in my swap are all set to get going, and I am just afraid that having such a long sign-up period may have actually been detrimental to my swap, as I am afraid that people will lose interest in it. I personally am a fan of longer sign-ups periods as I don't want anyone to miss out in joining...

Or maybe, we are all impatient (me especially) to get going...

27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Poppet Mini Swap Round 2 (Sign-ups April 28th-May 12th) (Send-by June 14th) on: April 28, 2010 04:25:18 AM

Swap name: The Poppet Mini Swap Round 2
Craftster members who are organizing this swap: averyg and amigurl55
Sign-up date range: April 28th-May 12th 2010 5 PM EST No one will be excepted into the swap after this time. Partners will be posted after this time period.
Date to send item by: June 14th, 2010
Limited to a certain number of people? (Optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? 16+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
***International participants, please take note of this! You MUST keep a record of your postage receipt, if for any reason your package is not received, we will need a copy of this receipt!***

Details of swap:
In this swap you will just be crafting one completed and clothed (if applicable) poppet for your partner. ***Just to clarify, this swap is considered a poppet mini swap in the sense that we are simply about sending a single poppet, as opposed to sending a poppet with supplies and whatnot, as would be required in a larger swap. However, if you would like to make or receive a mini (or smaller sized) poppet, please indicate it in your questionnaire and we will do our best to partner you accordingly*** If you want the poppet pattern, PM ghilie (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=995320) with your email address and as always, check out the poppet along which will help you with any questions in creating your poppet or give you inspiration https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0. As we would like to keep this swap as fair as possible and not have anyone feel as if they sent more than their partner, please just keep the package to the one completed poppet, unless you discuss swapping more with your partner beforehand!

Things to keep in mind:
1. Flakers will not be tolerated.
2. This swap has a mandatory weekly check in. This means that you must post (at least) once a week in the discussion thread in order to keep both your partner and us, the organizers, in the loop as to how your poppet is progressing and in order to reassure us that you are still alive in the world of poppets. We will be keeping a record of such posts and if you have poor communication, it will be noted in your feedback.
3. If you have not heard from your partner for awhile or notice that your partner has not been active in Craftster for a while, and you are feeling concerned, PM us! Or if for any reason whatsoever you have concerns, feel free to PM us!
4. We will not approve anyone who has multiple feedbacks stating that they have poor communication, have not used a DC#, or is a consistent late sender.
5. Everyone is expected to send on time.  If you are going to be late, you must notify us ASAP. Those who are late and do NOT notify us, will receive negative feedback which will not be removed or corrected until the poppet is sent, we receive a DC# and the package is received.
6.  Posting photos in the gallery is a rule of this swap.  Failure to do so will result in a comment in your feedback. A big part of swapping is posting your goodies in the gallery and acknowledging your partner's work, plus, we want to see all of the new additions to the poppet family! If you do not have access to a camera, please contact your partner and ask if they can take pictures of both packages which they send/receive.
7. If you are an international swapper or sending internationally and are unable to get a DC# you must retain a copy of your shipping receipt. If for any reason your package goes missing and you do not have a copy of the receipt to provide us the organizers, you will have to resend to your partner.

When you send averyg a PM, please label it as Poppet Mini Swap Approval/ Sent/ Received/ etc.

If you want to participate, send this information to the averyg only labelled as The Poppet Mini Swap Round 2: Approval:
Name of swap: Poppet Mini Swap Round 2
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (please break this up line by line like you would write on an envelope)
Would you be willing to ship
1) Out of your country
2) Out of your continent
3) Other
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (yes/no)
-What crafts are you most interested in and what crafts do you feel most comfortable in/ are the most skilful in?
-What type of poppet would you most like to receive from your partner (ie. a specific themed poppet, boobie poppet, mini poppet and so forth)?
-What type of poppet would you most like to make/ feel most comfortable making for your partner (ie. a specific themed poppet, boobie poppet, mini poppet and so forth)?
-Tell us a bit about yourself...  Are there interests or things about yourself which you believe would aid your partner in creating your poppet?
-Do you have any allergies?
-Do you live in a household with any possible allergens?
-Favorite colors:
-Least favorite colors:
-Do you have a wist? If so, please provide it.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Participants: Canadian American European Australian
1. averyg (organizer)
2. amigurl55 (co-organizer)
3. blue_lalita
4. McBec27
5. bobbiemay
6. Lindag35
7. Ilianora
8. SunflowerSmiles
9. Silverwing
10. Wildfyre
11. Mommythemaid
12. mummynat
13. rasita
14. puamelia
15. ckchan
16.  kwiltykate

28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Poppet Mini Swap Round 2??? on: April 21, 2010 03:11:36 PM

I was just wondering if anyone would be interested in participating in a poppet swap. I organized this swap last year (thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307049.0, gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310633.0) and it turned out pretty awesome.

Now, to help with any confusion which may arise... This swap is not about strictly swapping smaller sized poppets (unless that it, that is something you and your partner agree on), this swap is all about simply swapping one clothed poppet. Unlike the larger poppet swaps, this swap does not require you to swap any supplies or whatnot. Cheesy

I was thinking that if there was any interest sign-ups could begin at the end of April (so in about a week, week and a half), they would run for about a week and a half or two weeks, and then participants would have one month to simply craft one poppet. Here is the updated proposed timeline: sign-ups would start next Wednesday (April 28th) and if there was a two week sign-up, then the swap would officially start on May 12th, and since the 12th of June (one month) is actually a Saturday, I would give everyone the weekend to tie up any loose ends and therefore send-outs would be Monday June 14th.

First time swappers would be welcome in this swap... Cheesy

Any takers?

PS. Here is the link to the poppet along: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The 2 1/2 foot poppet that $100 made- Updated with results... April 29th/2010 on: April 13, 2010 06:30:47 AM
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  Undecided 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! Smiley


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 Wink ?".

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" Wink. 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... Smiley

If anyone wants to vote for my submission (pretty, pretty please! Wink ), you can vote here: http://www.atv.ca/london/promo/ThatsCrafty/index.html (unfortunately in the picture her hair is a tad messy  Undecided)...

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 Tongue ). Holding her is like carrying a small child.

Thanks for looking (and maybe voting Wink )...
C/C welcome!

PS. Here is the link to the poppet along: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lil' Owl Bag... on: March 07, 2010 06:59:33 AM
I recently made this owl purse for a swap. Luckily, A few years back I had actually had a bag similar to this on my wist (found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292065.0) and I ended up receiving one in a round of the OWS, so I was able to bag I received as a reference when making this bag.

The bag wasn't super hard to make, I just made it more difficult for myself because instead of using interfacing in it, I used super thick wool felt. The felt and the fabric didn't match up when I was sewing and it kept shifting around... Therefore the bag took me a lot longer than it would have if I originally used interfacing. :/  BUT! I really loved how it turned out...

I used stiff felt for all of the features (which I first hot glued on and then sewed) and I used backpack strap material for the handles and I made the strap adjustable. I made the bag about the side of an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper and 2 1/2-3 inches in width...

My partner really liked butterflies and fortunately I had this perfect cotton fabric. I also used polar fleece on her belly:

The inside, my only regret was not putting a pocket on the inside:

The entire thing:

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