CRAFT BYTE – SOCK KITTIES

Deanna Williamson, Sock Kitty, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Sock Kitty, 2016

Whereas the sock creatures in the previous posts were more original in form, the kitties above and below, were made using conventional patterns. In order to get some originality into them I appliqued hand dyed scraps on to them and embellished with embroidery.

Deanna Williamson, Fabulous Sock Kitty, 2016,therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Fabulous Sock Kitty, 2016

CRAFT BYTE – SOFT SCULPTURE

Deanna Williamson, Soft Sculpture Mushroom, 5 inches tall, made of socks, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Soft Sculpture Mushroom, 5 inches tall, made of socks, 2016

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.

Deanna Williamson, Soft Sculpture Mushroom, 5 inches tall, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Soft Sculpture Mushroom, 5 inches tall, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Soft Sculpture Mushroom 2, 5 inches tall, socks, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Soft Sculpture Mushroom 2, 5 inches tall, socks, 2016

My mushrooms are not as big as Oldenburg’s hamburger but they don’t take up nearly as much space.

CRAFT BYTE – TIE-DYED SOCK CREATURES

Deanna Williamson, Milo, sock person, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Milo, sock person, 2016

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.

Deanna Williamson, Sock Doll, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Sock Doll, 2016

Below are a recently tie dyed / tie bleached batch of socks. It will be interesting to see what can be made from them.

Deanna Williamson, tie-dyed socks, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, tie-dyed socks

CRAFT BYTE 7 – SOCK CREATURES

Deanna Williamson, Celebrity Sock Kitty, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Celebrity Sock Kitty, 2016

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.

Deanna Williamson, Sock Creature, 2016, therightpink.com
Deanna Williamson, Sock Creature, 2016