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Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures! [Paperback]

John Murphy
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7 Oct 2012
They're back! John Murphy is famous for his weird and wacky sock creatures. In this follow-up to Stupid Sock Creatures, John shares the spotlight with guest designers in 20 projects that push the boundaries of stupid with crazy-cute quadrupeds, two-headed beasts, pop-eyed monsters and more. The wide range of difficulty - from a simple one-sock monster to a four-sock extravaganza - means this book will attract all levels and types of crafter. And thanks to John's clear and humorous instructions, absolutely nothing is intimidating. Well, except for Piethagorus. But don't worry, he only eats pie (we think)!

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; 1 edition (7 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454702842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454702849
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.6 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Murphy created the Stupid Creatures on a whim in 2003. Since then, he has enjoyed nearly a decade making plush monsters. He's been featured in ReadyMade magazine and the Washington Post and has taught workshops nationwide. John is the author of Stupid Sock Creatures and Closet Monsters. He currently works as a counsellor for at-risk kids and their families and he hopes to do it forever. Visit stupidcreatures.com to see more of John's plush work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT so Stupid Sock Creatures! 1 Nov 2013
By Laianna
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A perfect way to deal with those odd socks that lurk in the corners of your sock drawer, these creatures appeal to young and old alike - I'm now trawling family and friends to encourage them to donate socks to my ever diminishing stock pile! LOL!! These are such fun, stretch your imagination, and always bring a smile to the face of the one lucky enough to receive one! This book is certain to capture your imagination, so run with it - I did and I haven't looked back!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.... 31 Jan 2013
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If you have a creative mind and stash of socks, fabrics, button..... You will love this book. I think it's wicked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures! 26 Dec 2012
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I got this for my daughter.
She loves making things
It is lots of fun and well illustrated.

She loves it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars SSC1 Started a Revolution, SSC2 Chronicles the Evolution 4 Oct 2012
By Graham Holt - Published on Amazon.com
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Before I get started, you should know that I am one of the crafters that was involved with the creation of this book. If you believe that this unduly biases my opinion, please read other reviews before making a decision on this book.

Seven years ago Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks was published, and it sparked a revolution of sock creature production. Fueled by this book containing just 8 projects, crafters raided thrift shops, hunted in drawers for rogue buttons and created sock art the like that hasn't been seen since the first sock monkey crawled out of the Great Depression.

These inspired crafters took to the internet, shared what they had done and took the not so subtle cues from the author, John Murphy, to come up with their own techniques and designs. At the time nobody could have predicted how far the crafting of sock monsters would come in the next seven years.

Now sock monsters seem to be everywhere in both handcrafted and mass produced form. Looking at the sock monster images that are being posted on the internet today, it is clear that the art has certainly evolved since Stupid Sock Creatures first hit the shelves.

Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures is one of the latest products of this evolution, meaning to not only capture and spread some of the techniques that are being used, but also to introduce the craft to a wider audience. 19 projects are included in this volume which vary in difficulty from easy to mind boggling, yet John Murphy breaks down the projects into manageable bites while keeping the reader entertained with humorous asides.

This book not only presents new techniques and projects, but also takes advantage of the advances that the author has made in diagramming and explaining monster construction. The basics section includes some amazing techniques for creating monster hands, mouths and eyes that I wish that I had known about sooner.

If you make sock monsters as a business or hobby you'll definitely want to add this book to your library. If you are interested in making sock monsters, I'd recommend this book, a copy of Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks, a pile of socks, a pair of sharp scissors, and a pot of strong coffee to get you started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun ideas and creatures! 24 Nov 2012
By CuteEverything - Published on Amazon.com
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When author John Murphy wrote the first Stupid Sock Creatures book, he was surprised to find how popular it quickly became. The creatively fun concept of turning unmated socks and other trinkets into fantastical creatures appealed to a wide audience. I think a big part of its attraction was that it allowed crafters of any and all levels of experience to easily dive in and create something unique and all their own.

In his follow up book, Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures, Mr. Murphy combines his talents with those of several other artists to offer lots of different creature ideas. As someone who has sewn since I was a young child, I found the illustrated diagrams and down to earth instructions to be extremely forgiving and easy to follow.

Each creature is presented with a brief, amusing background story and given how many different styles and colors of socks can be obtained now, each project is definitely unique! My kids also love Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures (and its predecessor!) and have used it largely as a jumping off point to make many of their own creations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Murphy Is At It Again! 8 Dec 2012
By Fiber Artist - Published on Amazon.com
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So glad to see this new bunch of whimsical "stupid" creatures. So glad my sock drawer is full so I can cut-and-sew them into fantastical animals, all with personality PLUS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make a Monster of Your Own! 14 Nov 2012
By Teresa L. Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
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A fabulous book for anyone who would like to make an unusual gift for a child or baby this holiday season. It is so inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stupid sock creatures 11 Mar 2013
By Karen Rhoades - Published on Amazon.com
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I am enjoing my book. The directions are well written and written with a sense of humor.
The book is easy to follow and I made my first creature in a coulpe of hours. Once you get started the possiabilities are endless. What a great way to allow your immagination to soure.
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