The "hopp," a funny red creature with powerful jumping legs and a tall antennae, is the product of a storytelling collaboration between myself and writer Tim Sevenhuysen of fiftywordstories.com. I've made a cast of colourful felt creatures, and Tim has written delightful, whimsical stories about their adventures. Hopps features in the last of these stories, Leon the Hero:
While Leon waited for Mom to catch up, he decided to practice his fire breath on a bush. He stood up straight, took a deep breath, and WHOOSH, breathed out a mouthful of green fire. The bush burned right up.
"Hey!" shouted a little voice. "What's the big idea?" There was a little hole underneath the bush, and an angry hopp was sticking out its head.
"Oh!" said Leon. "Are you all right?"
"You burned down my front door!" said the hopp. "I needed that bush to hide my house from all the biter beasts!"
You can read the rest of the tale here, http://t.co/HVlKtvh, and enjoy many more of Tim's stories and projects on his website: http://timsevenhuysen.com/
Look for more characters from these stories available in my shop!
Each hopp is just shy of 2 inches tall from its feet to the tops of its legs, and they're about 2 1/2 inches long front to back. Their antennae contain pipe cleaners, and can thus be bent and posed any which way. Their legs are hinged and moveable. They're entirely hand stitched from felt, with needle felted details in Corriedale wool, and are stuffed with polyester fibers.