So I spent a lot of Saturday trying to figure out how to get the snout right and by the end of the night I thought I had a workable pattern. So today, after baking apple pies, going to church and grocery shopping, I have been sat in the kitchen making up the practice puppet. It's not too bad but I managed to stitch the mouth in wonky, and it's not stiff enough (the mouth). I also haven't figured out how to stuff the head and nose (I'm not using a foam base this time) to keep the shape, without it getting in the way when you put your hand in. The preferred way in commercial puppets seems to be an extra fabric piece inside to hold the stuffing in place or a bag of stuffing secured by a few stitches. I haven't worked out which is going to be best. It's all taking a lot longer than I thought it would.
So next step is to unpick the mouth and re stitch it in. I think I should rethink the snout fabric too. It's too stretchy. Ho hum, onwards and upwards.
So no lovely crafty pictures to share with you this week, instead I've decided to share this lovely picture of the sunlight on Lake Garda. Just because I like it!