Sunday, 12 October 2014

Pattern frustration

Perhaps the title should have been pattern development but it has really been more of a frustrating weekend than anything else.  I have a commission for four puppets and a picture of what they need to look like. Unfortunately my pattern making skills are letting me down a bit.

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!
 




14 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate! What a wonderful skill to be able to create patterns! I'm sure they will be totally fantastic and can't wait to see your finished pieces xxx

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    1. Thanks Jenny for the vote of confidence

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  2. I feel for you. The design process of any craft item is always the most time consuming and frustrating. Looking forward to seeing the pictures when you get the result you're looking for.

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    1. Thank you. Let's hope I get there so One!

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  3. *hugs* it's so frustrating when you know what you need to do but can't work out how. Fingers crossed you find your way soon.

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  4. I'm sure you'll be able to work it out. Love Lake Garda Anita

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  5. Gosh that does sound frustrating. But you have given us a lovely photo to look at.

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    1. It's a very soothing photo isn't it.

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  6. I hope it all falls into place quickly. I'm sure it will be worth the while you puppets are always so gorgeous.
    Ali xx

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  7. hmm, I really sympathise with your frustration as I've also been having a lot of trouble with patterns recently (well trying to turn them into PDFs). I think you have to just take lots of deep breaths and realise that the only way you can fail is if you give up and you're not going to do that! In the mean time, you are learning more about your craft and the things that don't work. And that's really useful and helpful even though it can make you feel like howling!
    I hope you get to the bottom of it soon and whip those little snouts into shape!
    Ruth x

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  8. Thanks Ruth. So feel like giving up sometimes but I will not let it beat me!

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