Medusa the Gorgon

After the first attack of the stupid sock creatures in 2005, I decided I wanted to make my own monsters. I got as far as half an octopus before moving on to something else that caught my attention. Fortunately, I preserved my masterpiece in oil pastels.


In the more recent, second attack of the sock creatures, I managed to actually make the gorgon before my attention wandered. She’s over two feet tall (27 inches including hair) and made of felt.

Medusa the Gorgon

For the moment, I’ve started back on the sock creatures, at least until Halloween.



The Saga of Fred’s Crafty Creatures, Part 2

I bought a sewing machine. I bought it to make constructing sock creatures faster. I bought it because it takes a lot of hand-stitches to make a closet monster. I bought it because I was ready for one. And, people were buying the creatures. Friends on Facebook saw them and wanted them.

Friday, February 17, 2017

I’m still at it with the sock creatures and have even graduated to closet monsters, thanks to my trusty new sewing machine. I sold seven sock creatures on Facebook, so I opened an Etsy shop.



From the closet monsters, which were fairly complex, I branched out to my own not-so-complex creatures and monsters.

Then, on March 5, I made my first doll, and she was very peculiar. So were the others that followed.


And, so, I spent the next two months making peculiar dolls for my Etsy shop: Fred’s Crafty Creatures. That is, until I ran out of room to house them and a new obsession took over, making flat things that can go on walls, much easier to store and display, being two-dimensional (for the most part).

The Saga of Fred’s Crafty Creatures, Part 1

It truly all started with a book. A different book, not Women’s Work. In 2005, I had a major craft attack. I was mostly interested in bookbinding and making little handmade journals, among other crafty occupations. I was having such a creative streak that I can only reconstruct what happened, because I have only hazy recollections. And a few photos.

Some time in late 2005 or early 2006, I came across a book that caught my attention. Why? I didn’t sew. I have no clue, but it did.


I became briefly obsessed with hand-sewing stupid sock creatures. I made five or six before circumstances, my mood, or both, changed, and I put the book back on the shelf.



A bit more than 10 years later, I fall into a reading rut and don’t know what to do with myself, so I bring the sock creatures supplies out of storage and take the book down from the shelf.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
I spent the ENTIRE day obsessively making stupid sock creatures. My eyes are jumping from the strain. I finished three of them. The fourth I kept screwing up, so I quit after getting the legs wrong for the third time.

I start making creatures, but in an effort to explain what they are to someone, I inadvertently find out that there’s a sequel to the book.


Oh, no! Even more stupid sock creatures!

Thursday, January 26, 2017
I have been making stupid sock creatures like mad. There are now nine.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Still making sock creatures. Not doing much else except posting pics of cats, creatures, and spiders.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017
More sock creatures. Made a Donald Trump with floppy hair.

And, boom. Just like that, I had branched out. I was making creatures of my own design. I also discovered that John Murphy had yet another book.


So, I bought a sewing machine.


(To be continued.)