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Mrs. D

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Hi everyone,

I went to the dollar store this week, and spent time at the big display box of colorful pool noodles.   I think these yard stick length $1 pool noodles could be carved to specific lengths and used as packing supports to ship machines.  

I've used pool noodles before to flesh out my life size sculptures, (see photo of Sweet Lucille, and Jumping Jack Flash). 

Question: What other things can one do, with the pool noodles?

Lucille1.jpg  Jumping Jack Flash.jpg 

Definitely, I'm going back to the dollar store today and buy pool noodles.  




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Last spring I sold a 401 (for much less than it should have gone but oh well) on eBay and used 'pool noodles' I dumpster dived from an Office Depot. I cut them into pieces and made buffers between the machine and the inner box, between the bed and the box, inside the front cover to the take'up, between the bed and harp...basically anywhere that couldn't take a slight flex of the box or jarring during shipping. I even made sure the handwheel had a few surrounding it for the above reason. I over-prepared and didn't care. AND I was worried about the drip pan below the bed so I cut pieces to put between connecting rods, shafts, between the bed and drip pan, up in the arm between the rods/shaft, etc.

That buyer was probably the happiest customer I have ever had! Wonderful rating from her!

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None have been as creative as your's Mrs D. I filled in the gap on the table top when I inserted a 1960's White in a made for long bed Singers cabinet. Also stuffed one in the gap under the cross board of a Singer number 65 cabinet so the foot pedal wouldn't get lost underneath.

In my mind's eye I can see Sweet Lucille sitting in an Adirondack chair on my porch. She would add a lot of character!
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Mrs. D I do believe my headless, armless dressform, Clarissa, could use some pool noodle arms and legs! While we are in a generally quiet neighborhood, we do get criminals going through the area breaking into vehicles and an occassional house. I think a modified Clarissa by a front window might be a nice touch. Maybe she's sitting at a desk taking notes??? 

I never thought of using the noodles as packing material. Great idea!
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Congratulations Beautiful_Sound.  Glad to hear you got well deserved praise for perfect packing!

Hi Penny.  Filling in cabinet gaps on your machines is a great idea.  How did you slice them?  Donut's, Cookies, or Hot dog buns?  Sorry for the lame description--I guess I have food on my mind.  Go for it, make a Lucille for your chair and porch. 

Wish I'd kept a good photo (life-size) Earl in his green 3 piece suit, red hair, and Blues Brothers sunglasses and hat.  This is the only photo I have of him--from a distance.    

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Hello kewpiefrog.  I love your idea about giving your dress form Clarissa security status.  Keep those criminals guessing!  Next step, let's make some automatrons!  




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I cut them to length needed with scissors, so I guess they would be hot dog buns.  Thank you for the picture of Earl. If I ever attempted to make a Lucille or Earl they would have to be named Sarah Elizabeth or Jacob Eli because I've never done soft sculpture.
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I cut them to length needed with scissors, so I guess they would be hot dog buns.  Thank you for the picture of Earl. If I ever attempted to make a Lucille or Earl they would have to be named Sarah Elizabeth or Jacob Eli because I've never done soft sculpture.


Hi Penny.  It's been 15 years since I made Earl, Sweet Lucille, and Seth.  Speak up if you want to instructions how I made them.  It requires some machine sewing to make a fabric head, and fabric tubes for the thighs, arms, and legs, pool noodles, and clothing.  A bit of hand sewing, but nothing complicated.  Seth sat in a chair in the living room for a quite some time, before I made Lucille.  Every once in a while I'd walk by the living room forgetting Seth was there, and stupidly would startle myself.  

Funny story about startling myself: (another time). 
I went to an event, and the first thing I did was fall down.  The ground was uneven, and I twisted my ankle.  I hobbled on home to soothe my ankle with an ice pack.  I went to bed, and got up in the middle of the night to P and my ankle was so painful that I crawled down the hall to the bathroom.  Along the way I passed the spare bedroom that had a full length mirror hanging from the door.  The mirror ever so slightly illuminated by moonlight through a window.  I was suddenly startled . . . by my own face.  I did the terror scream thing.  Then laughed at myself.   Life gives us all kinds of humor when we least expect it. 



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Earl and Lucille remind me of a time when I was a kid and we were visiting my grandmother in Michigan. My dad and the other guys went fishing and Grandma got out some old clothes and stuffed them so they looked like a person and sat him on the front steps as though waiting until the wee hours for the guys to get back. I think the idea was to give them a shock (knowing how late they were) when they drove up. Mom had a photo of it somewhere but I don't remember if it's one she passed on to me or to someone else. I remember thinking how funny it was even though I was a small kid.

So now I think it is a must that I make one! If you don't mind, I would love instructions on how to make yours. Hopefully I don't startle myself when I have a moment of distraction and walk by - or drive up to the house and see the shadow in the window. That would be so embarrassing to call the police and then realize the shadow was of my own doing!
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Mrs D it is so kind of you to offer instructions. I will not be able to make anything for a while. I currently have a cast on one arm. It hampers my fine dexterity skills so I know I couldn't make the head at this time. The rest of the body I pretty much figured out. 

I was certain you were going to say that you had a visit from one of your guest. You are an excellent storyteller.
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Hi Penny. Here's s some insight to making life size doll heads. If you slice an orange into 6 to 8 sections and peel away the fruit--you'll have the right pattern shape. Lay an orange peel section on a piece of paper and draw a template. Enlarge the template until you are sure you'll have it big enough pattern to construct a melon.

Once your fabric melon is sewn and stuffed, imagine it as a life size head. Eyeball where you think ears will be and sew a button at both ear locations

Thread a long 4-5" doll needle with heavy duty thread. Penetrate the melon head in front of the button at the ear lication. You are going to used the thread to cinch the head.

I wrap the thread ends around the buttons to cinch to make the head flat on the sides of the head. Cut 2 circles of fabric in half, sew and stuff to make ears. Sew ears just in front of the buttons.

Sew two buttons on front of the head for eyes, and sew two buttons on the back of the head. Use same long needle cinching technique, wrapping thread around the buttons to secure. Less cinching required to inset the eyes.

Nose-- I make is overly simplified. Three triangle pieces of fabric sewn together and stuffed, resulting in a 3D triangle nose. Sew nose in place.

Make hair pieces from faux fur. Decorate with hats, sun glasses, whatever you like.

I will make some drawings later for you. Long day and I am recovering from some surgery. I am taking a break for a while. You get well and take care of yourself too. Lots of time for us to play dolls later.

My house guests? Are you referring to our ghosties?

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... Eyeball where you think ears will be and sew a button at both ear locations



Ha ha ha!!!!!  I read this three times before I figured out why you were putting eyeballs where the ears should be, lol!!!   Sigh.  More coffee, please.

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Yes house guests=ghosties.

Thank you for the instructions. Light bulbs went off with your descriptions. The head shape reminded me that I have seen stuffed fabric pumpkin patterns like this https://www.positivelysplendid.com/plush-patchwork-pumpkin-tutorial/  .  The ear and eye shaping is very much like tufting an upholstered chair or couch back.  I have been sewing and crafting since I was a child but I never would have thought of how to do this on my own. 

The dolls can certainly wait, our health comes first.  Hope you are back on your feet soon. Take care.
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