This is Roc, my sock masterpiece.
Sock Creature purists may think that Sock Nerd is not a true sock creature because his body is made of a pot holder. However since the pot holder was made out of loops cut from actual socks, Sock Nerd would, in fact, be a true sock creature.
Furthermore, although some nit pickers may object to Sock Nerd being referred to as a sock creature instead of a sock person, in my opinion nerds are actually creatures. (from outer space.) My opinion is, of course, based on close encounters with arch nerds (single-minded experts in a particular field) including some software developers.
It is perfectly obvious, however, that Sock Alien is definitely an alien, (note the antennae) although not necessarily a nerd.
In the 1960’s Pop Artist Claes Oldenburg began creating sculptures out of non-rigid materials such as cloth, plastic, and foam rubber. Think giant plush hamburger. This became known as soft sculpture and has continued to be popular. Google soft sculpture and you will come up with a myriad of results including how-to instructions for practically any kind of object.
My mushrooms are not as big as Oldenburg’s hamburger but they don’t take up nearly as much space.
In a previous post I introduced my new interest in creating sock creatures. Since I was recycling old socks for some of my creatures I started tie dying the the white ones to add color and originality. I also used bleach on old black socks to get some interesting effects. Milo was made out of some hand dyed socks as were the dress and hair of the doll below.
Below are a recently tie dyed / tie bleached batch of socks. It will be interesting to see what can be made from them.
These paper ornaments were made from toilet paper which had been draped all over a high school class room as part of a homecoming prank.
For those not familiar with the customs of American high schools, each year there is one special football game to which alumni are invited. Festivities include a formally dressed court, dances, and parties, etc. An unintended but fairly common side activity is a form of practical joke called “rolling yards”. This is the act of draping people’s property with rolls and rolls of toilet paper. It’s usually taken with good humor provided there is no serious or permanent property damage.
When my colleagues’ class room was “rolled”, it seemed a shame to throw away all that paper. So we bagged it up and recycled it into Christmas ornaments.
The process is simple: dip a wad of paper in some water and pack it into cookie cutters. It will dry into rigid shapes that can be popped out, primed and painted. Glue on a hanger and you’re done.
We made a lot of these, sold them to students and teachers and used the proceeds to purchase school supplies and uniforms for a child through Grace International World Outreach.
Moral of the story? Don’t get mad. Get busy. Have fun!
A few years ago I found a book kit at Books-A-Million called Stupid Sock Creatures. I loved the idea of creating oddball sock dolls and immediately began saving up old socks and gloves and buying new ones at salvage stores. However, I didn’t have time to actually make anything with those socks until a couple of years ago when I retired.
I spent the first few months of my retirement in a kind of limbo trying to decide what to do next. During that time I got out the stash of socks – and some gloves – and started cutting and stitching them into imaginary creatures. I cut and stitched for hours on end while binge watching through an entire television series. The TV series was forgettable but some fun critters emerged from the sock/glove collection. Like the Hello Kitty© sock above and the imaginary creature below.
Pique assiette (or picassiette) is mosaic made from bits of broken china, pottery, glass, figurines, and/or jewelry. You can use these materials to make a conventional picture, decorate a piece of furniture or even cover an entire house. A good example of the latter is the mosaic garden in France called Maison Picassiette. Probably the most famous collection of pique assiette is in the city of Barcelona where public places are filled with mosaics by the architect Antoni Gaudi. He and his assistants covered walls, benches, buildings, and fountains with shards of broken dishes and pottery.
Pique assiette appeals to the modern interest in upcycling. It also gives a way to preserve items of sentimental value like the roses on this humble door hanger. They are shards of cups, saucers and plates from my daughter’s china collection. It took a few years for the children to break this many things but it was worth the wait.
This is a good way to recycle worn-out or out-grown jeans. And it makes a very practical coaster. These lie flat, are absorbent, machine washable and dryable, and very easy to make.
- Cut the denim into whatever size squares – or circles – you want.
- Stitch two or more layers together by hand or on a machine.
- Color them with permanent felt tip markers. You can color on both sides and make them reversible.
When you wash them the first couple of times they will get some straggly looking loose threads loose around the edges. Just trim them off with scissors – unless you LIKE scraggly looking edges. To each his (or her) own.