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« on: November 14, 2012 10:16:59 AM »

This is Narin-Ja. She is an Ottoman Elf. All of the Ottoman Elf women are dancers, it is a major part of their tribal affiliation. In addition, Narin-Ja is trained as a gold-smith and makes beautiful jewelry and other ornamental items.

All of the Elf tribes live in a universe parallel to ours, and are able to cross over freely, although we dont often see them because they are shy creatures (and are only 14 inches tall.) When the are in our universe, they dress as we do, and love to be fashionable. However, when they are engaged in tribal functions, they dress according to their tribal affiliation.

Narin-Ja is made from my adaptation of the basic poppet doll pattern, and the Elenore Poppet pattern. She has a positionable head. It will turn right and left, and has some up and down movement. Her wig is removable so she can dye her hair other colors, and change the style. Her arms and legs are jointed with dental floss strung through her body and ball buttons inside each limb. Her fingers and toes are soft-sculpted and she can stand on her own.

I made this poppet as a birthday gift. The owner of this doll is in the SCA and the type of elf I chose to make reflects the owners SCA persona. She is a dancer, and she is also a jewelry maker. I chose to make the doll orange, because it is her favorite color.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012 04:43:59 PM »

She looks great! I love her clothes, and the texture of her hair.
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012 06:28:51 PM »

Wow, she's lovely! Her hair and her eyelids are especially pretty to me, but everything about her shows off so much personality.

« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2012 04:36:56 AM »

Thank you so much! She was so much fun to make. I even painted her eyes, and I loved they way they came out!

It took me a while to figure out the curly hair. I knitted the yarn, then steam ironed the piece. To make the wig, I unraveled it and attached it to a crochet cap.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012 09:07:16 AM »

I love your Poppet Doll! Her eyes are gorgeous & I think her outfit is very cool!! Her shoes are great! How did you make her head to turn? Great job!!

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2012 10:52:39 AM »

To make her head turn, I stuffed it normally, then I used dental floss and a large needle to attach the head. I went through the neck, from front to back. The I took the ends of the floss and ran it up through the stuffing in the head to come out the top, where the seams all come together.

I ran each set of ends (I used doubled floss) up separately, and came out about 1/4 inch apart. Then I pulled hard, just like attaching the arms and legs, until the head was seated properly on the neck.

I tied several tight knots in the ends, and then using the needle, ran the ends back down into the head, coming out at the back. Then cut off the ends so they were "buried" in the head.

It works great, and the tiny bit that shows on the top of the head is covered by her wig!

I hope this helps, I'll try to take some pictures on the next one!
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2012 06:02:56 AM »

Nice job!

May I ask where I can find the poppet pattern
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2012 06:44:34 AM »

The basic poppet doll pattern is available here:


The Elenore adaptation

These are basically what I used!
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2012 04:08:57 PM »

She is gorgeous and her is is so unusual.

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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012 04:12:31 PM »

This looks amazing!!! Great job!!  Smiley

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