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« Reply #10430 on: January 07, 2010 11:23:13 PM »

why can't you poppet along with us? did something happen to your machine?

i don't have room to take the supplies with me... its a 2 day long train trip and there's no checked baggage so my luggage can only be "carry on" size.... I'm a big person and so my clothes take up lots of room and those "space bags" really don't do me any justice. I've been hand sewing a couple inches a day and finally have a head but its not stuffed or anything, I could take pictures sometime the next couple days.

Edit: and Ill be away for a month, at least.. high chance I'll be moving which would postpone a lot of little crafts. Hrmm... I wonder if I could make key chain sized Poppets? those wouldn't take up too much space.
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« Reply #10431 on: January 08, 2010 01:28:42 AM »

Oh my, I'm so excited to finally be posting in this thread!
About a month ago, I decided to read the entire Poppet-a-long thread. I had just taught myself to sew (by hand) and kept hearing about how this thread was filled with lots of useful information. I figured "why not?" I didn't think I'd be able to actually *make* a poppet...I figured that was more like an "ultimate" project for me (if that makes sense, lol.)

Anyway, I'm so happy to have read the whole thing. It's been so helpful teaching me about sewing/plushy making/doll making in general! Thanks to everyone that's contributed to this thread!  Grin

When I reached around the 500's or so, strange things started to happen...I'd come home and discover that some supply or another for poppet making somehow appeared in my shopping bag, lol. Once I finished the thread, I finally sucked it up and asked Ghilie for the pattern (thanks so much, by the way!)

I got a sewing machine for christmas and am still learning how to use it, but all those curves in the poppet pattern gave me nightmares about trying to attempt it, sooo I'll put that off for when I can drive that puppy better, haha. I think I'll stick with hand sewing for this first attempt.

I'm now staring in admiration at my first poppet leg! Yay!

So do I get to officially be a poppeteer with just one leg made?  Wink

WARNING poppets are addictive!!! lol
Welcome to poppet making. Well done on stitching your leg, can't wait to see the rest.

« Reply #10432 on: January 08, 2010 12:24:52 PM »

When you make a poppet, do you have to put joints in?  Huh

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« Reply #10433 on: January 08, 2010 01:17:31 PM »

You dont have to do anything you and your poppet dont want to. I think there are several popppets that dont have the joint the pattern call for. they are not hard to do but there have been some poppets with out.

So many ideas so little time. Will I ever get them all done?
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« Reply #10434 on: January 08, 2010 01:24:29 PM »

You could just sew the limbs on if you wanted, but what fun would that be?  Wink

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« Reply #10435 on: January 08, 2010 07:57:29 PM »

Well, I'm on a bit of a tight budget right now, but I really want to make a pair that look like my boyfriend and me for Valentine's day. I have fabric and stuffing and yarn, but I don't have eyes or joints or any of the fancy stuff.

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« Reply #10436 on: January 08, 2010 08:04:21 PM »

Embroidered or painted eyes work well. You can also use regular buttons to joint on the outside of the doll, or get some buttons with a shank and do them inside just like the directions. You can often find buttons with shanks on old clothes.

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« Reply #10437 on: January 08, 2010 08:09:03 PM »

AlwaysInspired- you took the words right out of my mouth. I had also theorized a long time ago that you may be able to create a faux shank out of wire and a sturdy button. It's all still theory though.

Oh yeas, drawing the facial features on with a colored pencil can be a lot more forgiving than paint. Afterward you can refine the details with paint, once you get it to look exactly like you want.

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« Reply #10438 on: January 08, 2010 08:10:58 PM »

Thanks!  Smiley

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« Reply #10439 on: January 10, 2010 03:17:08 PM »

I finished my first poppet today.  Smiley It took all day of work (from about 11 am till evening, off and on). She was a test run so that I wouldn't mess up too much on the couple I'm doing for my boyfriend. The only thing I'm really not happy about with her is her eyes. I used completely round beads because I didn't have half circle shank buttons that matched or would look good. I guess it adds to her 'trollness', as my mom has dubbed her a troll. Some of the stitches in her neck are showing, because I messed up and completely sewed and stuffed the head and had the body done, and then realized I had to cut open her neck and stick the neck stub thing into her head. All's well and good though. On to the pictures!


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