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Sock Monsters Never Die

A few years ago I picked up a book called ‘Stupid Sock Creatures’ by John Murphy. It was from a small book shop in Helsinki called Hobbocks, which unfortunately has since closed. It was a mixture of comic strips and sewing patterns for making strange looking monsters from old socks.

I went through a stage of transforming my old socks into aliens, which was great fun. I then picked up some gaudy patterned socks from a cheap store and made some that were nice enough to give as Christmas presents. It was good to find my rudimentary sewing skills, that I picked up when putting Iron Maiden patches on my denim jacket in the 80s/90s, were still useful.

Imagine my joy then, to see ‘The Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures’ pop up on my Amazon recommendation list under the coming soon section. More stupidity, more monsters and more cartoons! Needless to say this has been pre-ordered and will be winging its way to my door as fast as my Prime subscription can carry it.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Socks

 

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Plush Monsters

I’ve purchased a new book of patterns, Invasion of the Plush Monsters by Veronika Alice Gunter and John Murphy. It’s been out for a couple of years, but I only just spotted is a few weeks back whilst browsing through the craft books on Amazon. It’s quite similar to John Murphy’s Stupid Creatures book, though the patterns are generally a little more complicated and you aren’t limited to using just socks as your core material. The illustrations are excellent and the instructions are very clear. Even if you aren’t an expert in sewing/monster making you will find the book easy to work through. As well as just monsters, some of the creatures in here are also bags, purses and even slippers. Once I’ve completed the projects I’m currently working on, I’ll be jumping straight into this book for inspiration.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Socks

 

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Episode I : The Finnish Message

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The Bible

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to have a fantastic holiday in Helsinki and whilst there I stumbled across a little book store called Hobboks.  Though I didn’t treat myself to a coffee in their tiny cafe, I did buy a wonderful book called “Stupid Sock Creatures,” by artist and genius John Murphy.  I thoroughly recommend buying this book as it is full of patterns for making weird, wacky and wonderful creatures out of old socks (or new ones if you like, but that would be against the re-use/recycle ethos of the enterprise).  It’s a long time since I did any sewing, probably not since I had to put an Iron Maiden patch on my old denim jacket, but now that I’ve stocked up on darning needles and polyester thread, I’m ready to make some sock monsters of my own.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2008 in Books, Socks

 

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