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« Reply #5820 on: May 11, 2008 11:53:33 AM »

this may be in the instructions that i have not read yet, but is the official poppet skin something like ultrasuede? that's what i keep imagining from the pictures, but then the descriptions sound like it's more cottony...

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« Reply #5821 on: May 11, 2008 11:55:20 AM »

It's easiest to work with alova suede, a firm polyester knit with minimal stretch.  It's fuzzy on one side and smooth on the other.
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« Reply #5822 on: May 11, 2008 12:03:51 PM »

this may be in the instructions that i have not read yet, but is the official poppet skin something like ultrasuede? that's what i keep imagining from the pictures, but then the descriptions sound like it's more cottony...

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No no no! Not ultrasuede! Bad stuff for dollies! Imagine a fake suede that doesn't look like suede on the wrong side of the fabric. There are a lot of fake suedes to choose from. They'll group them all together at Joann's. Sometimes they're with the "suitings." Alova suede is by far the easiest to work with because it doesn't fray, and you can stuff it tightly without your form stretching out of shape. Still you have to be careful about placement of your pattern pieces. If you place with the stretch going vertically, you'll end up with a thinner poppet, with the stretch going horizontally, your poppet will be chubby, with a rounder face.
That's how I ended up with my Gnome poppet. She still turned out great, but I was wanting something different at the time, and had to start over for the intended doll. No regrets, though. I love Gretchen.
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« Reply #5823 on: May 11, 2008 12:23:14 PM »

ok, got it.  sorry, as soon as i saw "alova suede", i knew this was a repeat question. 
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« Reply #5824 on: May 11, 2008 12:48:46 PM »

Yes, be very VERY careful picking out fabric! Otherwise it can be a nightmare. I bought some stretchy suede feeling stuff at Walmart.. kind of like ultra suede.
Well it frayed like crazy, even after an entire bottle of fray-check, and when I inserted the eyes and attempted needle sculpting the fabric developed long "runs" just like pantyhose!  Angry
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« Reply #5825 on: May 11, 2008 02:52:25 PM »

I just finished a poppet for my little niece! It took me about three days, and I actually put clay in her nose - something I didn't do with Kella. Since my niece is Chinese, I gave her poppet a Chinese name, Mei. (She's 2.5 years old, so I don't think she'll mind my naming her.) All she needs now is some clothes of her own - Kella's dresses are a little too big - and she can go "home" to her girl. Yay poppets!
Mei:

Kella and Mei:
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« Reply #5826 on: May 11, 2008 03:43:46 PM »

Aw Mei is so cute. Great job!
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« Reply #5827 on: May 11, 2008 04:26:30 PM »

Mei is very sweet.  I really like the little toes.
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« Reply #5828 on: May 11, 2008 05:15:34 PM »

They're both cute.  And Legwarmers!  ACK CUTE!
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« Reply #5829 on: May 11, 2008 06:08:56 PM »

inez - Mei is very sweet and born in May! That little girl is going to have so much fun with her. I think Kella's  already had her viewing but she is still cute. You are turning into a poppet making machine. so fun.
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