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« Reply #9150 on: June 04, 2009 09:02:07 AM »

........  I know that most of the poppeteers use yarn for hair, has anyone thought about using Saran/nylon traditional doll hair? .....

I used curly doll hair for a poppet for the last swap


I just used cotton the same colour and sewed it on .... if you took the hair off you'd be able to see just how bad I've sewn it on  Grin
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« Reply #9151 on: June 04, 2009 10:07:20 AM »

OK, I made a fancy kimono with what Hancock's calls "China Silk."  It was NOT easy!  That stuff is slippery and fray-tastic.  So if you guys want to make a kimono, I'd suggested doing a cotton one first.





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« Reply #9152 on: June 04, 2009 10:26:30 AM »

Ohh, pretty!
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« Reply #9153 on: June 04, 2009 02:29:36 PM »

Wow thats awesome!

What fabric would you say is best suitable for poppet skin?  I found some woven fabric I am trying out but its harder than sin to sew, it keeps freying..  Im thinking about picking up some simple cotton fabric, but not sure if that would be ok or not.
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« Reply #9154 on: June 04, 2009 02:40:18 PM »

Go with a knit, slightly fuzzy. I just used a stretchy suede and it's worked really well I think, lol!
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« Reply #9155 on: June 04, 2009 02:54:42 PM »

Amigurl55, that's so pretty. I know exactly what you mean about the "so called silk" or silk like fabrics. I got some from Joann's and it practically started to fall apart as soon as I cut it!

I think you did an excellent job with it though. From that Kimono I would have never known that you had problems.
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« Reply #9156 on: June 04, 2009 03:23:32 PM »

I think you did an excellent job with it though. From that Kimono I would have never known that you had problems.

Agreed... it looks really great!

Wow thats awesome!

What fabric would you say is best suitable for poppet skin? 

I can't find faux sueded in Canada that has stretch, so I use velour, I am utterly in love with the fabric now. You can also try fleeces, like polar fleece, with some stretch to it.
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« Reply #9157 on: June 04, 2009 03:39:57 PM »

Your kimono is great! Do you have a picture of the back so I can see your obi?
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« Reply #9158 on: June 04, 2009 04:08:32 PM »

beautiful kimono! I like them both your test and "real" one. Smiley I'm glad to know about that fraying! I plan to make a shirt and use a simillar fabric for the front and back peice and I think I will interface with lightweight just to help with fraying.

For the poppet skin cotton is totally doable I made one. It is helpful if the fabric has a slight stretch. Test it by tugging the fabric on the bolt in a few different directions. If it stretches then "bounces" back then  it's safe. Also examine the cut edge. Look for a fabric with very few threads hanging off. Also rub the cut edges jsut a little between your fingers if it starts to fray stay away! You can also place your hand under one unfolded layer and if you can see though it stay away. Basically you want it to be thick enough you can't see through, have a bit of stretch and not fray much.
Some good things to try that you may have at home:
an old t-shirt
bathrobe
microfiber or fleece blanket or shirt/skirt

If none of those are available, try fleece, thick flannel (if thin interface!), alova suede or stretch suede, micro suede works but can be tricky to sew for some. Also try using the directions above to pick a totally unique fabric!

Oh if you go with flannel avoid hobby lobby's like the plague. Walmart's is thicker and won't get holes when turning or stuffing. Smiley And it's cheaper!
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« Reply #9159 on: June 04, 2009 04:36:42 PM »

Thanks, everyone!

Regular suede stuff works fine for poppets, that's what my first one is made out of.

The obi isn't a real obi...


I just tied and manipulated the fabric so that it sort of looks like an obi.



And holy dang cow, I'm making a poppet right now and the head just doesn't want to cooperate.  Arg!  It got so bad that I had to throw a head away and I need to make a whole new one.
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