Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book by the author.
Written by psuedonymous I M Kidding, A Punch Line is a historical reflection on Punch - the oldest and most well-known glove puppet. (It turned 350 years old this year, along with the wife ‘Judy’) But this book, as you might guess from the author’s name, is satirical and told from the point of view of Punch himself. – As a side note, though the author uses a pseudonym I’ve used ‘him’ or ‘he’ in writing this review. The book is in a male voice - Punch - so it’s simply easier to treat the author as male as well.
As mentioned in my short post about what materials to use when making a puppet, there’s no hard and fast rules as to what to use when building a puppet. However, there are many things that tend to be favourites of puppet makers and the following will list a few suggestions for you.
(If you’re looking for patterns for other puppet types, please browse the other categories as you’ll find more lists there)
Yes, glove puppets are the same as hand puppets (people often mix up the terms with muppet-type puppets). If you’re looking for ‘glove arm’, ‘rod arm’ or ‘muppet-style’ puppet patterns, head over to the muppet-type puppet section.
I will be adding to this list as I find more patterns. Please note that these patterns come free courtesy of the credited people; please respect their wishes for creditation (if requested) if you publish the link elsewhere. This is the total of these particular patterns listed on this site; feel free to browse for more on my site, but you’ll just end up back here again I promise.
The glove puppet is perhaps one of the most recognisable types of puppetry, made famous by that old standard, Punch and Judy. A glove puppet is, quite simply, a specially made glove which fits over one’s hand. Glove puppets are also best known as their other name, ‘hand puppet’; to me this term is just plain wrong, so I stick to calling them glove puppets.
Australians may want to buy locally. Where? I explain here.