July 2, 2007
I took pictures of this sock bear at different stages of it’s creation and put together a picture tutorial of sorts. You can find it in my portfolio section.
These are some of the things I use to create sock creatures. It’s pretty much just socks, upholstery thread, and stuffing.
To start, I use an old sweat sock to build a shape. I might sew several shapes together to achieve the overall form that I want. This is rough, quick work because it will all be covered up later. I then take another sock and begin “skinning” color onto the shape, (as I have done with the black sock in the second picture).
I want this to be a roaring sock bear, so I create the top and bottom parts of the mouth first.
The black sock I sewed onto my shape earlier will be the area that I sew the mouth onto.
I add sides to the mouth and a bit more bulk to the bottom lip and chin.
Now I build another shape and add it to the bottom for a… well… bottom.
Now it’s time to “skin” the bear. I will use the inside of these brown socks because they have such great texture.
I add the ears, sew on some buttons for eyes, and add a heavy brow for personality.
All that is missing from this roaring bear is the legs and tail, so I make those.
I sew on the legs and tail and the bear is complete.
A finished, scary, roaring, mutant sock bear.