soft body interaction

I’ve been working through the soft body examples and everything is working fine. But now I want a stake that I modeled to go through a piece of cloth. the cloth is set to soft body and the stake is set to as a deflection object. I’m animating the stake thrusting through using IPO curves. The animation is working fine, the cloth is fluttering down. But the stake has no effect on it.

If anyone has suggestions I’d appreciate them.

If the stake has no effect on it, how would the animation of the cloth work well, falling down in pieces like you said?

Probably a misunderstanding on my part.