my puppets

I TAKE ORDERS

The projects I display on my blog are not for sale but if you are interested to purchase story characters or bunnies, teddies as hand puppets email ME.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

mama bear finger puppet






This is about 3 hours work crafting pieces, sewing by hand, assembling.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

puppet bears from rags



Behind the scenes in my puppet studio.Today on my working table, fabric scraps I am considering in designing my three bears in Goldilocks story.I sketches the bears but I'd rather not disclose all my secrets and spoil the surprise.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New doll Gigi










This new doll was born today, head and hands only; the dress is an old doll dress I made and never used.

Tom and Jerry hand/finger puppets



This duo made from rags can be played on one hand or both hands.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mimi on You Tube





This morning Mimi was hungry and I gave her a carrot, and also found a pink ribbon to match her skirt. She was really happy and wanted to go on air ;)


Friday, April 23, 2010

meet Mimi



Yes, I have a name.My name is Mimi and I am a rag bunny girl and a puppet.Can't wait to go to Vienna and make someone special happy.

to animate a rag puppet you basically need 3 fingers and 2 for movement of dress, skirt.

rag bunny girl is a puppet



Finished my bunny girl.She is now a hand puppet and happy to be so.As a puppet she can do many things: move her head, her paws, her ears and skirt. It takes three fingers to do so.But when she is resting she looks like in this picture.

Entirely made by hand from rags.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

first commission ;)

A friend of mine in Vienna, Austria, saw my blog the other day and asked me for a cute bunny for himself.Since in May will be his birthday I am designing actually a bunny girl for a gift. Today I started with the head. Here she is.






I am sewing by hand this piece. Here she is wearing a skirt.Maybe I will decide tomorrow whether is going to be a puppet or a doll bunny.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

close up of my kitty







This close up of my puppet shows how to insert two fingers in the head and two in the paws to handle the puppet.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

finished my kitty

but not as happy as anticipated.I will show it to you and you will agree with me.





a new project

This kitty wants to be a hand puppet and here are my fisrt steps started yeasterday afternoon.






The face, I am not sure about, maybe i will try more versions of eyes.

Monday, April 19, 2010

my toy/laundry bear bag

This is a project I started in the '80 and it's fun to do and very easy.It's about having a child laundry, shoes or toy bag featuring a teddy or a bunny. I made a teddy face for it.All you need to craft is the head and paws of the animal and attach them to a pillow case or a summer skirt in my case.Here is hanging on my bathroom door.








and here as a toy bag




I have plans to improve this one and give it a new twist.Also I am going to try a bunny bag, a kitty bag for a change.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Zenaida

Zenaida, of Russian name and inspiration, was born in California, in 2002 as a doll head.I added a shawl and became a hand puppet.

Here is shown with its support, a plastic bottle when not used as a puppet.
To assemble just wrap her in her shawl secure it with a pin and play with her as a hand puppet.








You can tell beautiful Russian stories (made up is OK) of snow and harsh winters.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Max, my first hand puppet









Max was born on paper in the '80 in Bucharest, Romania. Here are the two sketches of the original Max. Through the years I changed his hairstyle and gender ;)Could be Maxine since 1990.


Friday, April 16, 2010

welcome to my doll creations


I created this blog for my rag dolls and puppet creations.I started this passion of doll making in 1975 and through the years I made many dolls and puppets which I offered as gifts to children of my friends, colleagues and neighbors.Here is my full body bunny, called Charley, born in 1975 in Bucharest, Romania.

Charley was entirely handmade, at the time I didn't know how to use the sewing machine.The thrill of these dolls was also the fact they were my own creation, no pattern and no machine to help me.

Later I made patterns of my own designs but I still couldn't make two dolls alike after the same pattern; I found I can have more fun if I changed the elements, keep my creativity fresh and my interest vivid.