John Murphy created the Stupid Creatures on a whim in 2003. Since then, he has enjoyed nearly a decade making plush monsters. He's been featured in ReadyMade magazine and the Washington Post and has taught workshops nationwide. John is the author of Stupid Sock Creatures and Closet Monsters. He currently works as a counselor for at-risk kids and their families, and he hopes to do it forever. Visit stupidcreatures.com to see more of John's plush work. He lives in Bessemer City, NC.
Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures: Evolutions, Mutations, and Other Creationsby John Murphy
They're back! John Murphy is famous for his weird and wacky sock creatures. In this follow-up to Stupid Sock Creatures, John shares the spotlight with guest designers in 20 projects that push the boundaries of stupid with crazy-cute quadrupeds, two-headed beasts, pop-eyed monsters, and more. The wide range of difficulty--from a simple one-sock monster to a four-sock extravaganza--means this book will attract all levels and types of crafter. And thanks to John's clear and humorous instructions, absolutely nothing is intimidating. Well, except for Piethagorus. But don't worry, he only eats pie (we think)!
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When author John Murphy wrote the first Stupid Sock Creatures book, he was surprised to find how popular it quickly became. The creatively fun concept of turning unmated socks and other trinkets into fantastical creatures appealed to a wide audience. I think a big part of its attraction was that it allowed crafters of any and all levels of experience to easily dive in and create something unique and all their own. In his follow up book, Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures, Mr. Murphy combines his talents with those of several other artists to offer lots of different creature ideas. As someone who has sewn since I was a young child, I found the illustrated diagrams and down to earth instructions to be extremely forgiving and easy to follow. Each creature is presented with a brief, amusing background story and given how many different styles and colors of socks can be obtained now, each project is definitely unique! My kids also love Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures (and its predecessor!) and have used it largely as a jumping off point to make many of their own creations.