Those of you with a flair for the witchy will find the following books intriguing. As with all of the other craft posts, feel free to drop me a message or add another book via the comments section. Links are added for amazon.com so that you can peruse them, although that isn’t the only place to find them.
This post does not include the many patterns you can find for free online. I don’t want to post those just yet, because I want to make sure that I give proper credit to those brave men and women who came up with them. Again, links to amazon.com are provided.
Today I’m going to do a series of posts that cater to the crafting crowd. I have noticed that the subject of the macabre has come up in various art forms and is now readily available for the artsy person to create. This should help you with any parties you are throwing this coming October. (Or if you’re just creepy year-round like I am, you could do these crafts just for giggles). If you know of any other books, please share them with me!
All of the following posts will be categorized by type of craft, and filed away under the “Arts and Crafts” section of this blog. Enjoy !
Next up is “Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Creatures from the Undead” by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate. Whew ! What a title ! And yes, there is another story to go along with “Zombie Felties”. I was looking for the “Creepy Cute Crochet” book at a bookstore when I came across this book and I had to have it. As a kid, I loved the “Thriller” music video, and still listen to it all the time today. The picture of the Michael Jackson feltie was all it took to get me to buy the book.
So I bought the book thinking these little felties would be the easiest thing to make in the world. A “feltie” is made from cut out felt pieces with buttons, beads, sequins, embroidery floss and other embelishments. I regret to admit that there is, however, one little catch that nearly cost me my dignity at work.
I sat down a few days later after having collected the supplies and began making the zombie dog. When I got to the point of gluing the pieces together with super glue, I came across one of life’s little truths : it doesn’t matter what you know (or think you know) about super glue, you will inevitably glue your appendages together at some time while using it. Long story short, I went into work with glue on my face, my fingers, my hair, and a few splotches on my clothes. (I am a part time lifeguard at an indoor pool when not obsessing over zombies or substitute teaching). As I was leaving work that afternoon, a coworker told me that its possible to remove super glue with nail polish remover. I haven’t tried it, but the next time I make one of these felties, I will have a few bottles on hand.
The patterns in “Zombie Felties” range from super cute to mildly frightening. I don’t think I have a favorite pattern, although zombie dog and the undertaker are certainly at the top of the list. I recommend this book for people who are highly crafty, or who enjoy challenging themselves not to glue their fingers together. For the rest of us, its nice to have on the shelf for the day when we feel compelled to give it a try (or if we’re lucky enough to make the acquaintance of someone who can actually make this kind of crafty stuff.)
If I had it to do again, I’d buy the book, but I’d sucker my boyfriend into trying to make me a feltie before attempting to do it myself.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Yes this is a media review site. However, this book is fairly important to me because it was what got me to start learning to crochet. I was searching for “Cthulhu” one day when I was bored and I came across “Creepy Cute Crochet” by accident. I went out and bought it the same afternoon (you should have learned by now that I am in impulse buyer of zombies, and anything book related.)
The patterns are ranked in terms of ease, but since I’m still a beginning I haven’t done any of them yet. The patterns are really nice and cover tons of ground with regards to the subject matter. There are even wizards, Trojan warriors, and Amazonian women to crochet.
By the way – for those of you who are not familiar with amigurumi, they are cute Japanese crocheted dolls / toys. They have branched out into all sorts of things such as ornaments for Christmas trees. Amigurumi started out being animals, but the art form has taken on inanimate objects. The key word being cute…just look at the figures on the book above. Cute. You can look up all sorts of patterns if you like, including one I just got a few minutes ago that features an eyeball with a nerve ending. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Crocheted-Eyeball/ if you’re looking for the pattern.)