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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake sihoette cards on: January 16, 2011 06:46:42 AM
I have been house sitting and thus have a lot of time to do lots of crafting. Because it's the beginning of the year I thought I'd start making cards for the year's worth of birthdays (and maybe Christmas cards some time along the way). I try to keep things as simple as possible as i'm still quite new to this. But it was a nice way to keep me entertained and work through my pile of unused paper and ribbon. I designed the silhouette by drawing a stylized cupcake and just cutting around the edges.

(these two are my favourites)

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Finally, my poppet Autumn on: July 26, 2010 02:45:38 AM
She's utterly beautiful! Such soft hair!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: First Poppet! 5 images on: July 12, 2010 05:53:35 AM
Thanks beth8144!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My first EVERYTHING cake! on: July 10, 2010 09:56:37 AM
Well done!!! I'm totally inspired by ace of cakes and cake boss, hoping to do a similar first of firsts cake soon too. Any reason why you didn't brave using modelling chocolate? Smiley
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: homemade Girl Scout Cookies-Samoas on: July 10, 2010 09:48:42 AM
Oh my goodness! How delicious!!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Ongoing Poppet-Along on: July 10, 2010 09:42:37 AM
Good job katara! Perfect summer sandals! (if only South Africa's weather were appropriate!)

My finished, much loved poppet

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: First Poppet! 5 images on: July 10, 2010 09:38:17 AM
Thanks SunflowerSmiles, means a lot! Those clothes nearly added a member to the insane asylum!

Averyg, no pattern for the pants which turned out quite wonky and were elasticated, so i used Craftewoman's jacket pattern and modified it for the material and slightly for shape.

Bexieboo: thanks a lot!! Smiley
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First Poppet! 5 images on: July 10, 2010 12:30:41 AM
So here is the final product of my Sunflowersmiles-inspired mad hatter poppet. The original can be found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=351153.0. His clothing and bow tie as well as his hat and shoes are not completely the right colour due to using off cuts but i'm hoping the shock of red hair will help identify him!

He was made with upholstery suede and took about a week of intensive work to complete. He has tapestry wool hair that i untwisted and made into pom-pom like tufts and sewed them on. His eyes are teddybear eyes and his nose has a popcorn kernel in it to help keep shape. His hat and shoes are felt while the clothing is off-cut silky type fabric. He is a gift for my boyfriend's birthday since after seeing the movie in 3D recently, i thought he loved it. Unfortunately i mistook his love for the movie for my own love of the movie and he mentioned (after the poppet as already finished!) that he actually didn't like the movie all that much. I am contemplating making another poppet for him but am hoping he likes the poppet for the character and work i put in rather than the movie itself.

Thanks to everyone's help on the poppet along! And especially to Ghillie for the pattern, Sunflowersmiles for the inspiration and Craftewoman who's jacket pattern helped tremendously.

The mad hatter cat

Edit: fixed the pictures, hopefully you can see better now!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Ongoing Poppet-Along on: July 03, 2010 04:27:19 AM
Thanks katara! The jacket is mostly finished now, just a bit of the collar left. I glued the edges of the fabric to prevent fraying and still being able to have a tiny seam allowance which seemed to firm the material up. Only the boots left and then pictures Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Ongoing Poppet-Along on: July 01, 2010 08:37:22 AM
My goodness! Sewing that head onto the neck is *difficult*!!!! Still not sure if i understand sewing the head together, min came out with a very lop-sided head and a very funny right ear, character perhaps?? I have a dull throbbing in my fingers from all the pricks but it's worth it to see it shaping up. Perhaps using upholstery suede was not the best idea for my first poppet, but we live and learn Smiley

I have found that I dont like to sew my ears on before stuffing the head and doing the eyes so I hand sew them on before I do the hair so that I can decide

That"s truly brilliant! I will definitely do that next time. Am I right in saying it would be easier to sculpt the ears themselves if attached afterwards?

So far i have completed the body, made a hat and hand sewn a pair of pants of of extremely tricksy and slippery satin type stuff. I also made, with difficulty, pom-pom like hair to try and get it to stand up while unwrapping the wool to get it to be somewhat curly. All has worked fairly well while creating a great learning curve. His hair was frequently cut off and re-sewn. All that is left is a jacket with same said tricksy slippery material and shoes from felt which should hopefully be easy with the tute. Any tips on working with such small clothing parts with such tricky material to help sew it by machine???
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