Saturday, October 22, 2011

Oh, Boy!

We are debuting my entire line at the 2011 Fall International Quilt Market and Festival in just one week in Houston. (gulp.) (!!!) (hurrah!) I have been crazy busy for months designing and finalizing and preparing...

I just can't wait any longer to reveal my newest puppet pattern—the Oh, Boy!™ Finger Puppet pattern. It was completely inspired by the interests and passions of my son. Five year old boys are just so cool. And the thing is, every time he picks up my other puppets, he makes them clobber each other. Aah, the lovely inherent violence of boys. I am the non-violent sort—more of the peace-loving-hippie type, really. So it has been quite a lesson in gender differences for me to see how boys are so innately warring and keenly interested in all things that can launch, hurl, shoot, or fling. Not to mention their love of heavy machinery, espionage, gadgets, and Star Wars (even if they haven't actually seen the movie).

I thought it would be grand if he could have his own set of puppets with his favorite archetypes: a sneaky ninja, a gold-toothed pirate, a low-tech robot, a not-so-scary monster, and most importantly, a spy (inspired by 1970's films). I didn't include weapons (because I'm not that crazy!!)  but I'll bet the kids will make their own. Oh, and the pirate has his own word bubble puppet—ARRGH!

Don't get me wrong, these puppets aren't just for boys. Girls will love them, too.

The whole set is simple to make and is made almost entirely of felt. The storage pouch is my favorite part. The puppets stacks like baseball cards inside a pouch shaped like a—ah hem—like a plastic block! Be still my heart.

The photos were taken by our lovely and talented photographer Jill.

1 comment:

Melinda said...

These are adorable! I can definitely see R's influence in them. He is lucky to have such a creative and committed mom.