Well, not really my first. I used to make puppets when I was in high school. However, this is the first puppet I've made in over 20 years, and it's by far my most ambitious: Janken Fraggle. He's the guy in my userpic. I've been wanting to build him for a while, but when I found out that Dragon*Con (which is on Labor Day weekend) has added a puppetry track, and that Peter Linz (who I went to high school with) was going to be there, I decided to stop wembling and start sewing. As I was working from scratch, no patterns but the ones I made on scratch paper, it was quite a learning experience. With very few exceptions, I made every part of him twice! Once with a "close but no cigar" result, and again to get it right. (However, I made a number of hands before I got one that didn't suck. If there is an afterlife of eternal torment and suffering for puppet builders, it involves sewing hands.) So, here's what he looks like now: Naked Fraggle Fashions by Old Navy I still have to do a little more work on him. He needs more hair on the left side of his face so he doesn't look like he has bed head. I need to put a little more fluff in his baloobius and connect his head to his body. I've been debugging his neck for a while now, shape versus ease of inserting and removing hand. Arrgh. I see a lot of things wrong with him, such as his flat feet and cheap-fleece skin. (Oh, how I wish I'd made him from Antron!) But there's a lot right about him too, so I'm fairly proud. Not so proud I won't welcome constructive criticism from those more experienced than me, though. I want the next one to be better!