1. Paint the wooden spoons white to prime the wood.
2. Paint the spoons your preferred colours.
3. Carefully paint oval faces into the centre of your spoon. They need not be white, I only painted them like this for effect.
4. Wait for all you paint to dry, then taking a pencil mark out the faces on the spoons.
5. Paint your faces onto your wooden spoons.
6. When all the paint is dry, out line all the features with a permanent black pen.
7. Collect together all your scrap fabric to make clothes for your puppets.
8. fold your fabric into quarters, then snip a very small corner from the folded tip. This is to allow the spoon handle to be feed through the puppets outfit.
9. open the felt up so it is folded in half with the hole on the fold. Cut out the out fit you would like your puppet to wear. Using your glue spread glue on all the edges except for the bottom, so your hand can fit up the skirt.
10. Firmly stick together the decorate as necessary.
11. Place glue around the spoons neck and firmly attach the puppets out fit onto the spoon. Allow to dry.
I have had this dress for a while, around about six years now. Initially I got the dress as I loved its flirty 20s feel with its dropped waist. However I knew that the time would pass and I would no longer love the style, but still be in love with the poppy print.
This is a print that I feel even if a large floral print is not in fashion, will still be loved. A timeless pattern that can travel through any era.
This alteration is really not the most complicated in the world it has just been one of those jobs that has been put off and put off.
But as I am quickly running out of any blouses that I really want to wear this Autumn Winter I have had to get my seam ripper out and get on with it.
The most annoying part of any alteration is the initial unpicking of any seams. It is time consuming and often very messy when you end up with endless threads all over you, your carpet the sofa........................
However seam ripper at the ready I finally got around to changing the dress.
I first took the skirt off, then folded and tacked my new seam line. Pressed the seam, whipped around the edge on my sewing machine, pressed again, and then told myself off for having left it so long.
A really simple alteration which has already given the dress I had not worn for 5 years an instant new appeal to my wardrobe.
Having graduated in Costume design from Wimbledon school of art, London, in 2001.