It’s been a long time since I did anything with my socks, except wear them. The one and only time I’ve made a sock monkey was back in 2008 but they are still very much in vogue.
Take Bawston the ornery cat puppet, for example. He’s a baseball fan with a questionable temper, so watch what you say to him. A more friendly guy is Sebastian Metaphor. He may seem aloof with his hipster appearance but behind those sleepy eyes lies a heart of gold. If you are a sophisticated sort why not have a crack at Penelope Durtlinger, an heiress to a small fortune with an insatiable thirst for power.
All three feature in Sock Puppet Madness which includes 35 of the most fun, outlandish, off-the-wall and enchanting characters on the planet, and by following the simple step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to put together your own puppet in no time. The book is by Marty Allen, a Boston-born, Brooklyn-based puppet-maker, artist, writer, musician and liker of life. You can find out more about him by visiting his website at www.martystuff.com.
The book is laid out really well which makes it easy to follow each pattern. Templates are included at the back of the book but need to be copied at 200% although you can also copy them freehand to make your puppet unique. The sock puppets don’t require any sewing which means anyone can make them. They are simple to create, using just a few readily available materials that cost next to nothing, from felt to cardboard, buttons and marker pens – plus everyone has an old sock they can use, right? So what are you waiting for?
Sock Puppet Madness by Marty Allen is published by CICO Books at £12.99, and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256-302699.
If you would like to win a copy of Sock Puppet Madness just leave a comment below and let me know who you would make a sock puppet of – perhaps a celebrity or even your other half?
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The prize consists of one copy of Sock Puppet Madness. The giveaway ends February 21st at 8pm. The winner will be selected at random from all entries received and notified by email or their twitter handle. The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available. UK and ROI only.
The winner is Cerys at rainydaymum.co.uk