Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks

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John Murphy's sock creations have been featured in such publications as the Washington Post and Readymade magazine. Crafters with a sense of humor, a taste for the weird, wacky, and way-out, and a hunger for the outrageous will find themselves captured by this wildly creative menagerie of sock monsters.

Possessed of irresistible charm, these creatures offer all the inspiration anyone needs to transform cast-off socks into wickedly funny toys. There's Claude with his perplexed ...

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Overview

John Murphy's sock creations have been featured in such publications as the Washington Post and Readymade magazine. Crafters with a sense of humor, a taste for the weird, wacky, and way-out, and a hunger for the outrageous will find themselves captured by this wildly creative menagerie of sock monsters.

Possessed of irresistible charm, these creatures offer all the inspiration anyone needs to transform cast-off socks into wickedly funny toys. There's Claude with his perplexed expression and tiny tail that stands at full attention. Jordan's always on the prowl; he's got three eyes, so nothing escapes him. And there's something really odd about Estelle. Maybe it's her silly conical head balanced precariously on four tiny feet—or perhaps it's just that she's always sticking out her bright red tongue. Great instructions and charming illustrations make it easy to bring these unique personalities to life. A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.

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Library Journal
Finally, the ultimate craft for scroungers! Murphy uses discarded socks, buttons, thread, and stuffing to concoct fantastic creatures reminiscent of the old sock monkeys-with a touch of your standard sf comic book character. His creatures may have three eyes or one in the middle of their foreheads; they may have feelers, wings, or antlers-but all have distinctive personalities tending toward the absurd. In this book, Murphy, who was trained in ceramics and also writes comic strips featuring his creatures, covers all the techniques for making eight different characters from cast-off socks either by hand or using a sewing machine. Of special interest is a photo gallery of other creatures he has made that shows their potential and infinite variety, dependent only on the maker's imagination and wit. How about using hand-knitted socks for these babies? Or making miniature creatures from kids' socks? This book is sure to get readers' creative juices flowing. A good buy for public libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579906108
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 797,545

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Sock Goodness

    You may run out of socks! This is a really entertaining how-to book full of really fun, inventive projects for your socks. The sock creatures you will create are whimsical, fun and adorable. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. And it has fantastic illustrations that guide you through your sock creature creation. We created a stock creature straight away. This book gave us inspiration to design and create our own creatures. The back of the book has a sock creature cartoon! And a extensive gallery of sock creatures are included also. We go back to this book a bunch to create more and more creatures. Thank you, John Murphy for a fun book for socks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

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    stupid sock creatures is the most creative book ever i dont own it it yet but im ordering it so it will be arriving soon and how i knew it was even creatid is my friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2007

    Creature Feature

    Who hasn¿t had a craft project gone awry? But while many of us would simply abandon the project or throw it away, illustrator and ceramic artist John Murphy took the opportunity to turn a messed-up sock monkey into a Stupid Sock Creature. In the first part of Stupid Sock Creatures, Murphy goes into detail on what supplies are needed, the correct way to stuff your creations and how to sew and attach various creature ¿parts¿¿lips, teeth, limbs, tails, etc. The section is illustrated with both detailed diagrams and photos as well as Murphy¿s quirky drawings. Most of the supplies are those that many crafters will already have on hand¿socks (of course), buttons, and basic sewing supplies like a needle and thread. The second part of the book consists of eight different patterns that are varying degrees of difficulty. Because of details like lips and eyes, crafters can use a combination of sewing machine and hand-sewing, or simply sew the entire creature by hand. Each pattern includes a diagram showing how to dismember the sock(s) into the various creature parts and provides photographs of the creature from several angles. Murphy also provides a humorous biographical sketch of each creature. For anyone who is looking for a fun and quick project to make out of supplies they probably already have on hand, Murphy¿s book will provide both inspiration and ideas. Difficulty: Beginner to advanced beginner. Basic sewing skills required.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    Who knew old socks could get new life....

    Reading this book has been great fun! The step by step instructions are failproof and the illustrations are very helpful, too. Mr. Murphy obviously has a great sense of humor. Start saving those socks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2005

    Not your typical 'How-To' book!

    I own an original 'stupidcreature' and now I've bought the book to go with it, like a collector's item...Wow! The book is incredibly well-organized with detailed step-by-step instructions and diagrams, but that's not the best thing: it's not only full of the necessary technical information but it's entertaining as well. They should all be this much fun!

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