Monday, June 2, 2008

My Poppet Zola

I have recently become poppet-obsessed. I received the pattern from the wonderful Ghilie
on Craftster and after spending some time collecting all the materials, went to work on my first poppet.

I named her Zola, an Italian name meaning "earth".

Her body is made of Alova Suede (great to work with!), with thrifted yarn in 2 colours for her hair, and silk leaves for her inner ear. Her eyes are from suncatchereyes (eyelids of felt and jewelled lashes courtesy of the beauty section of my local dollar store). She is fully jointed (oh what a pain! will use teddy bear joints in the future because I SUCK at jointing using the buttons!).
I have been busy making poppet clothing for her as well as her upcoming siblings. I will also be making them to help raise money for the Strive For Life Foundation (to benefit Romanian street kids and orphans). I am working on finishing the element series (Lahni, the sky/air poppet; Shula the fire poppet and Mizu the water poppet), as well as my Manny Ramirez poppet and an Alice Cooper poppet for a friend. I will post pics when they are all complete.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

My hand-y pincushion (with pattern and tute)

Here is the basic pattern for my hand-y pincushion as posted on

Trace the pattern onto freezer paper and iron onto your fabric. Cut 2 of the hand and one of the end piece. Make sure right sides are facing, and it is time to sew!

Sew all around hand leaving bottom open. Sew end piece to half of wrist area leaving it open, and turn right sides out. Sew a line down from either side of the middle finger so that each of the 3 fingers is defined (do not do this before turning!).

Stuff hand firmly with polyfil, using screwdriver or pen to get stuffing into the fingers and thumb.Ladder-stitch the end piece closed.You now have a hand pincushion that you can leave plain or decorate as you choose!