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THE SHOP FLOOR PROJECT

Hand Puppet Kit: RIBBON MAN

£24.00

THE SHOP FLOOR PROJECT

Hand Puppet Kit: RIBBON MAN

£24.00

Fabric Hand Puppet Kits.

Each kit contains:

- A cloth pattern piece
- Two sewing needles
- Pins
- Thread
- Lambswool stuffing

You will also require scissors (not included)

A wooden stand can be purchased for £12 by selecting one from the 'drop-down' button above.

PLEASE NOTE: This product is not a toy. It is designed as an adult craft project, and requires basic sewing skills. The kit contains sharp objects (pins and needles).

THE STORY

The Shop Floor Project hand puppet kits, designed by Samantha Allan, have two distinct inspirations, as she explains:

“I have had a copy of the book Paul Klee, Hand Puppets on my studio table for five years. Between 1916 and 1925 Klee made over 50 hand puppets for his son, Felix, of which 30 are still in existence. For the heads, he used materials from his own household: beef bones and electrical outlets, bristle brushes, leftover bits of fur and nutshells. Soon he began to sew costumes, using his wife’s collection of old clothes. They have such a presence and really speak of that time in the early 20th century, when toys were made by artists in their homes, busy with visitors from all corners of the avant grade.”

“I combined these hand puppet designs with a love of folk customs and characters (below). My hope is that people will sew the kits and add their own embellishments; scraps of fabrics, embroidery or old buttons. I imagine winter evenings with folklore stories being told around a fire, brought to life with these puppets.”