When I am working on a puppet, I will often have a general idea of how many, what size and their overall look I am going for before I start. As I move along, I am open to any changes, additions or details that occur to me, or that the in-progress work might suggest. For example, I would like these little puppets to have a contrasting look about them of roughness and richness, I suppose like an old threadbare tapestry. To achieve this, I will incorporate beading for certain, as well as the possibilities of embroidery, painting, and the addition of other materials.
If I plan out a puppet too tightly and precisely, it will rarely "work". I must always be conscious of leaving room for exploration within the object, and not have a highly detailed map from start to finish. Part of me wants to do this precise planning, but I am much happier with both the process and the finished project if I let go of the reins, so to speak.