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« on: April 07, 2010 05:31:46 PM »

Hi.  Fellow Craftsters, I need your help!  I want to make a poppet and I got the pattern from Ghilie.  On the weekend, I went shopping for fabric, ect. and I couldn't find what I needed.  I live in Saskatchewan, Canada.  Now, I know Saskatchewan doesn't exactly have a variety of supplies, but I can not find safety eyes anywhere!   Angry I have read that lots of people use alova (or is it alove?) suede for their poppets, but the stores didn't have it.  Do I have any options besides buying some fabric and eyes online, or out of town?  Thanks in advance for all of your help!   Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2010 06:26:20 PM »

Hey! Welcome to the world of poppets!

As a fellow Canadian, I totally understand how you feel :/. Alova suede as far as I know is not carried in Canada. The closest thing we have is faux suede (I'm pretty sure that Fabricland is nation wide), but it has no stretch and it is about $30/m.

I personally use velour (here is am image: http://www.simplesimonbaby.com/fabric/velour.jpg). It has really, really great stretch and it is super cuddly- and inexpensive, it typically runs for about $4-$6/m. If you can't find velour, some people choose to use fleece, it also has some stretch and it quite inexpensive. Or, some people even choose to use felt, I have heard that felt is somewhat difficult to use, especially when one is turning it rightside out, and it can pill, but if you can get a really good quality felt, it should work out a-okay.

As for eyes, sometimes you can find them in totally random places, last week I found them in a junky sorta dollar store thinger. If not, garage sales are sometimes good places to look at. But as garage sale season hasn't really started yet. Here is a Canadian online store which carries the eyes. They are quite inexpensive on here (and being Canadian, shipping should not cost you as much): http://www.discojoints.on.ca/safetyeyes.asp. If not, I would suggest buying them off of etsy.com, such as this store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/6060. However, as it is American, you will pay more.

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2010 10:51:03 PM »

Dollar's pretty much at par right now, actually. So if you're gonna order do it soon. I get all my eyes from 6060 on Etsy, they're an excellent seller.


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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2010 09:16:21 PM »

Thank you so much!  This helped a lot!   Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2010 06:06:59 AM »

Here in Ontario, I've actually managed to find safety eyes in Wal-Mart, but they only had brown. The clerk actually said to me "well, it's not like they're used for anything except teddy bears". ARRGH!

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