(Advent Calendar: Day 4) Barnabas Collins Finger Puppet

Continuing the linear trend of my vampire finger puppets (and their Altoid tin coffin), I decided to tackle Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows next.

–Photo courtesy of Crypt of Wrestling

Prior to the Ben Cross and Tim Burton re-makes, Dark Shadows was a daytime soap opera (1966-1971) centering around a family plagued by supernatural woes — and relatives. The most infamous relative was “Cousin” Barnabas Collins (above left), a vampire whose cover story was that he descended from the English line of the family that traveled back across the pond in 1795 (in reality, Barnabas was actually the family’s ancestor who had been chained in his coffin in the basement of the Old House less than a mile away).

When I was choosing the look for his puppet, I decided to go with the grey overcoat and red tie the character wore in the show’s 1897 storyline.

Black embroidery floss
Grey embroidery floss
White embroidery floss
Black felt
Antique white felt
Cranberry felt
Charcoal felt
White felt
Tapestry needle

Using the template I used for Orlok and Dracula’s puppets, I cut out three large pieces to make up the body of the puppet, two charcoal for the front and back of the coat, white for the shirt front. Using the scissors and black floss, I created a front opening and button placket for the coat. Once that was completed, I cut out a facsimile of Barnabas’s red and black ascot tie and fixed it to the shirt front with black embroidery floss. Once that was completed. I whip-stitched the entire body together with grey floss.

For Barnabas’ head, I used a smaller template than the one I used for Dracula and, using the head pieces as a guide, used the black felt and scissors to create a wig by hand. Once the wig was completed, I used the black embroidery floss to create the character’s deep-set eyes and the white floss to stitch both sides of the face together.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how he turned out! Onto the next bloodsucker…

~ by blackmoodcraft on December 4, 2012.

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