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« on: April 08, 2006 04:20:53 AM »

Does anyone have any tips on making crochet toys poseable? Smiley

I'm making my friend a monkey for her birthday & want to make the tail & maybe the limbs poseable. I figure pipe cleaners are a good bet but am wondering if I need to anchor them somehow.

Any advice would be great.

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2006 07:04:07 AM »

I wonder if you bought pipe cleaners that were the same color as the yarn for the monkey and worked them into the tail as you were crocheting, if that would be enough. I'd want to buy long pipe cleaners and work a bunch in. The plus side there might be that the fuzz of the pipe cleaner would mimic the hair of the monkey. Perhaps start crocheting at the tail and work them vertically, allowing enough extra pip cleaner to remain coiled at the top, you know, so that it doesn't slip out. Does that make sense to you?

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2006 08:41:32 AM »

Slip some heavy wire into the tail?

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2006 08:04:56 AM »

I use pipe cleaners.  They work great.

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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2006 10:13:00 AM »

I know this probably sounds complicated....buuut, I used to make these dolls, and I would make a separate torso, then separate arms and legs... THEN I would use tiny lentils for the stuffing(makes them have a really neat feel when you squish them, like a beany baby)

 then I would just use a large upholstery needle, and go through one arm (Shoulder)  through the upper body, then through the opposite arm with some thick/strong yarn or a double strand of the same yarn used to MAKE the arm so it blends in (fishing line works great too!)

Then knot it on the outside to keep the tension, then I cut off the excess and tuck it back inside. (Your hook works great if it's hard to get back inside)

This gives a nice shaping to the arms so they have "muscle definition" instead of a plain round arm, know what I mean?Huh  Plus they move really smoothly with no worrying about wires poking out or poking someone else if it's for a kiddo  Wink

Hope that made sense! LOL  Good luck Grin

« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2006 05:25:52 PM »

Thanks for the tips. I ended up finding some long pipe-cleaners which i stitched to the inside of the tail.

Muchos Gracias.

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