Thanks very much for the positive repsonse, everyone!
I'll be sure to let you all know when the book comes out. Right now I'm in the middle of getting my first book--about ghosts!--to print, so I'm becoming more familiar with the publishing process. It will probably be a few months before my puppet book hits the shelves. puppetsinmelb wrote:
"Well Dressed Puppet, can you put me on your mailing list for when you start selling your book?"
Absolutely, I'll be very glad to!
I'll PM you for your e-mail address.
"Incidentally, if you have info about materials/tools, can you please also include ideas for substitutes (ie. in Australia we don't get antron fleece; although you mention you're not discussing that, it's an easy example for me to use) that other nationalities might be able to find, if you know of them. Also, it would be great if you use both metric and inches/etc. for measurements. It makes things so much easier for us who use metric."
Do you know, I didn't even think about that, but it's a very good idea. When I do my rewrite/revision, I'll make certain to include that. Thanks for that input!
"Another question: does the book focus just on foam puppets, or could we use it for other types of puppets too?"
I've tried to include ideas and techniques for costuming a wide variety of puppets, from simple hand puppets to hand-and-rod puppets to marionettes, and everything in between.
I use Herbert to demonstrate these--he's shown as each of these type of puppets throughout the book, and I explain the modifications and techniques used to costume each one. I also include examples of non-people-shaped puppets (I was able to use some of my favorite puppets from Grey Seal, such as Blackbeard the Pirate made from a scrub brush and Humpty Dumpty made from a large plastic egg). It's my hope that all puppeteers from beginners on up to more advanced crafstman would be able to find some
info in the book that would be useful to them!