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Foam & Fabric Patterning with guest artist Steve Troop, March 6th AND 13th, 2pm-6pm MST
Foam & Fabric Patterning with guest artist Steve Troop, March 6th AND 13th, 2pm-6pm MST

Foam & Fabric Patterning with guest artist Steve Troop, March 6th AND 13th, 2pm-6pm MST

Regular price $70.00 Sale

Sometimes you meet a puppet builder & you think, "wow, I wish I could do that thing as well as that person!" Steve Troop is one of those people, and patterning is one of those things! He's brilliant at what he does & I'm really happy to have him as a guest-teacher at Puppet Pie! (Scroll down to see all of his credits!)

WHAT: Learn the secrets of creating your own patterns with guest puppet builder, Steve Troop! In this two-part workshop, you'll create foam and fabric patterns from scratch as you follow along, learning to modify simple shapes into any style or shape you can imagine. You’ll also learn how to create truly symmetrical patterns that you can use over and over again. You’ll never have to rely in other people’s patterns again!  AND Steve's going to teach you how to cover your puppet, too!


  • 1st Session: Saturday, March 6th, 2021 from 2:00pm-6:00pm MST (please consult your local search engine for the time zone in your area)
  • 2nd Session: Saturday, March 13th, 2021 from 2:00-6:00pm 


WHERE: Zoom! Which means ANYWHERE!

SKILLS REQUIRED:  Sitting for up to 4 hours (with breaks--please self-advocate if you need a quick break!); excellent fine motor skills; (optional) use of a hot glue gun; tracing; measuring with a variety of tools; (optional) using an X-Acto blade; and cutting various materials with scissors

WHO: This workshop is designed for humans, ages 15+ who are capable of safely achieving the skills listed above. This is for the beginning-to-intermediate puppet-builder who would like to improve upon their budding skills.


  • 1/2" thick polyurethane foam sheet (at least 30"x30")
  • 2 different colored sharpies (or 1 black sharpie and one pencil)
  • Scissors suitable for paper/foam
  • Fabric Scissors (scissors that have never cut (or rarely cut) paper/foam)
  • Surface on which to work like cardboard or a cutting mat
  • Large sheet of craft paper, butcher paper, newsprint, or parchment (if you don't have access to large paper, you can sturdily tape printer paper together.) 24" craft paper works best (check your local dollar store for doodle rolls!)
  • 36"x36" (or larger) piece of cheap polar  fleece fabric (light enough in color to see ink on it)
  • Contact cement (or fabric tack or hot glue if you’re not in a well-ventilated area)
  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Thread in the same color as your fabric 
  • A scrap of cardboard, about 8"x8" (an old cardboard box should do!)
  • A large piece of corrugated cardboard, a piece of foam core, or an old bulletin board (off the wall)

ABOOUT THE GUEST ARTIST: Steve Troop has worked as an animator, cartoonist, puppet designer and builder for over twenty years. He’s the creator of the Melonpool — one of the first online comic strips (predating the word “webcomic”). He has worked as an illustrator and storyboard artist for both television and movies and designed and built puppets for Nike, American Greetings, Glee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Teen Titans, Go! and The Big Bang Theory, among others. Recently, he co-wrote and built puppets for the off-off-Broadways show Alien v.s Musical and currently lives in Northridge, CA with his dog Tilly, who looks like an alien.

EXTRA/TECH DETAILS: One purchase is required for each person in attendance.
You do NOT need to be in the Phoenix area for this workshop, however you DO need a computer/device with a camera and microphone so your instructor can see what you’re doing as well as a stable internet connection. Headphones are also a good idea (as in, please use headphones).  You’ll receive an email with a zoom invitation/link a day before the event. There will be separate links for each day.