The initial character design
Choosing fabrics for the clothing. I used old felt for the mittens, blue pleather for the boots, red cotton (tinted with a bit of turmeric for an orange-ish tint) for the pants, and some sort of vintage fabric with the perfect scale of weave for the coat. It was originally a pinky-purple, which I then bleached, dyed fuchsia, bleached again slightly, and tinted with turmeric to create the pale peachy-pink colour seen here. Her hat (not seen here) was hand-crocheted under the tutelage of my roommate the pro, and also dyed with turmeric and a bit of beet juice.
Sculpting the head (plumber's epoxy, foil, super-sculpey), pre-baking stage
Baked and painted!
Foam-upholstered body, trimmed to shape
Tailoring some winter clothes...
And the finished puppet, minus her toque