Welcome to my 'other blog' the one that explores my crafty side. I have been a maker of 'things' since childhood. By nature I'm creative. I still love to write, and you can click on this link to visit my blog: Hanging On My Word, which is where I indulge in the thought and word side. Although a teacher by profession, I don't offer tutorials. This is my showcase of projects I like to share. So pull aside the curtains and let's begin (I'm a bit theatrical too!).

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Clangers in Kit Form

I’m ready for my close-up
I wonder how many of you recognise this little creature. It’s `Tiny Clanger from the classic children’s BBC TV series ‘Clangers’. The show first appeared on British television in 1969; I was still a teenager myself, but my family and immediately became hooked. The series was being shown again when my children were young and they, in turn, succumbed to the Clangers’ charms. There are dozens of examples of Clanger toys, and I even have one that will make authentic sounds when squeezed. The Clanger above was a joint effort by my Mum and me. She knitted the pieces and I stuffed, stitched and added the ears, paws and garments, and embroidered the features. I think the pattern was a Patons leaflet.
This is my best side

I need to get a move on and make a second one though, as all the pieces have been lying in my ‘To Do’ box for years. 2011 was going to be the year of finishing the unfinished business so I need to stop making new things and concentrate on the next Little Clanger.
Clangers in kit form
If you’ve never seen Clangers I urge you to look them up on You Tube or get the DVD. The message of peace and harmony they bring would serve as an example to many today.