This cat offers good advise to the children of Wolverhampton! Designed by Marieta Bables, she reminds us not to give up, and to keep on trying and be resilient! Headstart Wolverhampton ran this competition to design a charcter promoting their core values. Headstart Wolverhampton promotes wellbeing and resilience among ten to sixteen year olds. This winning design has been made up as a glove puppet, a hand puppet and a cuddly toy.
At Leith Toy Hospital in Edinburgh, we offer the latest advancements in puppet medicine!
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Does your child have a favourite cuddly toy who’s just been loved and cuddled that bit too much? A teddy full of holes, a bear with missing limbs, or someone who’s just lost their smile?
Don’t panic! Here at Picture to Puppet I’ve seen worse! I can give them a careful operation (under anaesthetic of course), and make sure that they come back to you healthy and strong enough to withstand many more years of love and hugs.
I make toys all day every day, so have a very thorough understanding of how they are made. I know how favourite cuddlies are the centre of a child’s world, and how upsetting it can be when they become damaged. I know how important it is that retain the same character and expression, so will make absolutely sure that this is preserved.
Here are some things I can do:
Patching – from £15
Limb replacement (matching fabrics as closely as possible) – From £25
Darning – from £15
Re-embroidering facial features – from £20
Replacing safety eyes/ noses – from £15
Restuffing – from £15
Or, in the most drastic of cases:
“New skin!” Well, snakes do it, so why not teddies? I can make a new skin in a very similar fabric to exactly the same size and shape as your teddy, and put the original teddy inside the new skin (including the soul, of course.) It’s the same teddy, but with a complete makeover. – from £50
I’ll chat with you before I do anything to make sure you’re getting a repair that you’re happy with. I’ll even send your toy back with a doctor’s note stating how long the teddy will need off work to recover fully and what exercises they need to do.
Mr Greebles is a custom made puppet by Picture to Puppet with a movable brow.
Mr Greebles from Leith showed us around his shabby-chic house boat on the Shore.
“I came here as a teenager and got a job selling stuff door-to-door. I bought this boat with my life’s savings and spent six months doing her up. She was the most beautiful boat in the whole world. Then one night when I was out working some boys came by and threw stones through the portholes, the broke the door down and made a fire inside. They chalked “Hobo” on the side of my boat. I got back and all my possessions were destroyed, but the boat was still floating, because the shell is made of metal. I haven’t managed to save enough money to do it back up yet – in the winter the boat is cold and damp, and water comes in through the port holes and I’m very worried about rust. But it’s all worth it to feel the motion of the boat under me when I’m sleeping, and to wake up in the morning to the sound of water lapping against the side of the boat. The most important thing is that I’ve still got the boat and she’s still floating, and one day I’ll get her back to being the most beautiful boat in the world.”
Pablo is a custom puppet by Picture to Puppet with moveable eyebrows and blinking eyes and moveable hands. Recently I’ve been making a lot of puppets with blink mechanisms and moving eyebrows. Here he is playing the piano (with a little bit of help from his friends!)
We offer lots of weird and wonderful mechanisms at Picture to Puppet!