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Online, Your place of choice


Tabletop People Puppets is the latest online workshop from Judith Hope - puppet maker.

The course will focus on designing and constructing  tabletop puppets in human form. The structure is suitable for both realistic and caricatured designs.

Judith will be constructing the puppet from the materials listed in the FAQs section but will also suggest other alternative materials on the course. It is not necessary to have the materials in advance as you will be doing the making in your own time, but you may do so if you prefer.

Courses will run from Monday to Friday, one session per day, each session lasting for an hour.  There are 3 different time slots to choose from, 12 - 1pm, 5 -6pm or 7 - 8pm GMT.

Please be sure to read the info in the FAQ’s section below (before booking), just to be sure it’s right for you!

Once you have made a booking you will be sent the zoom link (a couple of days before the course begins) to join us in the zoom class. (Please check your spam folder if you can't see it).

If you miss out on a place, please message me as I may be able to fit you in somewhere.

Please note that the course will be coming from the UK and all times listed are GMT.

For ages 18+



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Your place of choice

Workshop designed and delivered by Judith Hope.

All puppets created by Judith Hope.

Here’s the important info - please read before booking!

The course will be coming from the UK and the booking times listed are GMT. Please be sure what time you need to log in if you are from outside the UK.

The course will cover how to design and construct a human tabletop puppet. We will cover design, movement and construction. We will make reference to clothing and dressing techniques but there will not be time to teach these on the course. An optional short course may be added later to cover these.

There will be 5 sessions in total (1 session per day for 5 consecutive days). Each session will last for 1 hour.

Judith will demonstrate the techniques and skills required as well as giving lots of tips and advice.

This is a making course. Due to the time available, the focus will be on making rather than performing (at times we will make reference to performing but there will not be any tuition in performing techniques).

Sessions will be designed for participants to observe and learn (as well as taking notes). There will also be lots of opportunities to ask questions.

It will not be necessary to have all your materials in advance (as you will be doing the making in your own time), although you may aim to do this if you choose.

Participants may choose to progress with making in between sessions, or to absorb the information given and to make at a later date, there are no specific requirements.

The course content is adaptable and therefore suitable for makers of varied experience (some making/craft experience is helpful but not essential as you will be making in your own time at your own pace).

Participant numbers will be limited to ensure a friendly atmosphere and to allow for ample opportunities for asking questions.

Regrettably it will not be possible to issue refunds.

More dates may be added according to demand! (If you miss out on a place, please do message me as I may be able to fit you in somewhere).


Suggested materials (these are the materials I will be using on the course – I will also make suggestions for alternative materials in the lessons).

Polystyrene balls or eggs ( I used 8 cm and 10 cm)

Fimo air light

Dowel (preferably hardwood) I used 12mm - 15mm)

Plumbing pipe (1.5 cm and/or 2 cm diameter)

Small piece of balsa wood approximately 5mm thick (approximately 10 cm x 6 cm)

Small piece of leatherette or similar

Styrofoam (as it is called in the UK. If you are in the U.S.A. this is not what you call styrofoam! Please check before purchasing or wait to see what is used on the course).

Small piece of recycled plastic packaging (milk carton, margarine tub, etc)

Bamboo skewer or narrow dowel

Brown parcel paper


Tissue paper

Gorilla glue

UHU glue

Pritt stick glue

Acrylic paint

Bungee cord

Coat hanger wire or similar

Toy eyes or similar

Strong thread

Standard 1mm wire



Craft knife

Glue gun



Bradawl/nail, etc

Wire cutters

Bolt cutters

Paint brushes


Sharp nose pliers

Vice or work bench





Judith Hope - puppet maker

Judith Hope is a London based puppet designer and maker. Inspired by the strange and curious, she creates puppets for theatre, commercials and events, as well as delivering masterclasses and puppet making courses.