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Posted June 25, 2011
In Closet Monsters: Stitch Creatures You'll Love from Clothing You Don't, author John Murphy informs us that we have monsters in our closet. Not the scary kind that don't exist, but the fun type that helps us reuse and recycle our old clothes that we don't remember or don't know what to do with. He suggests utilizing those materials and turn them into some fun monster friends. If you'd like to make some closet monsters, but don't have any fabrics you can use, the thrift store is a great place to find them! Closet Monsters starts by letting us know about what kinds of fabrics work well for different parts of the monsters. For instance, silky fabric is best for things like lining ears rather than using it for the main body part. Industrial thread and needles work well to secure thick materials, like corduroy or jeans. Adding applique or other interesting treatments, like buttons or belt buckles, will make your closet monster unique. Closet Monsters includes lots of information on taking apart the garment and how to sew and stuff it to make it last. There are fifteen monsters in Closet Monsters that each come with a entertaining back story, as well as complete patterns and instructions on how to make them. There is Lurwin who is made from a lumberjack red plaid jacket and although he is soft spoken, he's definitely trying to get the attention of another monster in the book, Camilla Grace. Zazmyrna Hoag is made out of a brightly colored muumuu (which the author insists was not from his closet!). Of course, the monsters are meant to serve as a jumping off point for your own imagination (and fabrics). It would be fun to try out different parts that you like from various monsters in Closet Monsters to come up with your own special monster friend!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2010
Now, I can't talk about the upcoming book, but I'm sure it will be a masterpiece. I've been making plush monsters for over a year now, thanks to John Murphy's first published book, Stupid Sock Creatures. He teaches in vivid detail how to make loveable creatures from recycled material. His directions are very easy to follow. And even though some people feel like plushie books are too hard to folow, John Murphy goes through with the reader step by step on how to make a one of a kind monster. All I can say is that I think this is a great way to make plushies and monsters. That is simply my opinion. Anyone who wants to think otherwise may think what they want. I'm sure though that Closet Monsters is going to be a success like Stupid Sock Creatures. 81 days until it is released into stores!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2010
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