Flashback Friday – Craziest Beastie Accessories EVER!

Hey there Beastie friends! I hope you’ve all been having a good week. For the last while, a couple of big commissions have been keeping me super-busy… So many accessories! I’m really looking forward to being able to share the finished projects with you all very soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d use this Flashback Friday post to revisit some of my most challenging Beastie accessories EVER!

Weekes Album Cover, 2017

Beastie-sized Vinyl, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI was reminded of this when I looked back at “Definitely Maybeast” in last week’s Flashback Friday post. This project predated the arrival of my magic magnifying lamp, and I’m still wondering how I managed to see to do those stitches in the dead of winter. You can read more about the creation of this Beastie in the Gallery – she has some pretty cool stuff!

Carcassonne Board Game Box, 2016

Beastie Carcassonne Board Game, by CrawCrafts BeastiesAnother bit of teeny sewing that somehow fell into the BMML (Before Magic Magnifying Lamp) era. I look at these now and wonder how I’m not blind! This appliquΓ©d felt and embroidery board game was an important part of the accessory lineup for a wedding commission though, so it was totally worth cutting all those tiny felt pieces and stitching them in place.

The TARDIS (x2!)

I made my first Doctor Who Beastie for a Christmas order in 2015… And how can a little woolly Time Lord travel the galaxy without a specially-adapted old-style police phone box?Doctor Who Beastie heading off to his Home Planet... CrawCrafts BeastiesThe Beastie TARDIS was made of felt, and reinforced with foam and interfacing so it didn’t collapse in like a woolly tent! I lined the inside with shiny silver material for a space-age feel, and embroidered on the window panes and lettering. The doors also close with velcro so the Doctor can travel in safety.

And when I posted about this make, despite the fact that my photos back then were hardly top notch, one of my regular blog readers decided that the man in her life would appreciate a Beastie Doctor of his own! So…
The Tardis, Inside and Out! CrawCrafts Beasties… I made a second one! And I took more photos that time. You can see the original posts about these commissions here and here.

From what I can remember, the trickiest part was cutting out the square panels under the windows. I invested in a rotary cutter, mat and metal ruler to help, but it was still slow going. Beastie Doctor Who seemed happy enough with the results though!
Guess Who! CrawCrafts Beasties

A Beastie-Sized Camera, 2018

A Beastie-Sized Camera, by CrawCrafts Beasties

Oh, I had fun with this one! It’s got it all – teeny sewing, a bit of embroidery, and I was able to incorporate a knitting pun to boot. I made this for Laura from A Pict in PAΒ  – she’s a keen photographer, and, like me, she still likes to use a proper camera for her pictures. That’s worth celebrating! So I copied the shape of her DSLR as closely as possible…
Beastie Camera Features - CrawCrafts Beasties… And only went a bit overboard by making the lens and strap removable.
Taking the Beastie Camera Apart - CrawCrafts BeastiesOh well, sometimes you just have to! Laura’s little monster left Beastie Towers with a whole heap of other accessories too – check them out here!

And then finally… Sometimes Beastie accessories take a while to get right. But this one stands out as the most challenging ever – even now! Paws up if you remember…

The Beastie Dragon, 2015

Beastie Dragon, by CrawCrafts Beasties

This was one of those projects that just wouldn’t behave. I’d get one aspect sorted, only to have something else start causing problems! But I learned a lot about prototyping and materials choices from making it, and despite many, many discarded templates…
Test Run Dragons - CrawCrafts Beasties… I did end up with the ferocious-looking gold and silver dragon that my customer asked for! You can relive the entire, um, interesting experience here.

Well, that’s it for this time… But don’t worry if your favourite accessory didn’t make the cut this time around! I so enjoyed putting this together that I might do a second Beastie Accessories Roundup in a couple of weeks. Suggestions welcome, if you want to pitch in your two cents in the comments!

Have a monster weekend!

16 thoughts on “Flashback Friday – Craziest Beastie Accessories EVER!

  1. I had never seen the dragon. Wowzer! That definitely looks to have been a challenging piece. I am chuffed that my Beastie’s camera is featured because it is one of my favourite things. Your Beastie accessories are always amazing.

    1. Awww, thanks Laura! I’m glad I included Laura Beastie’s camera in the lineup now. It almost didn’t make it because of all the accessories I featured, it came together with the least trouble! The dragon nearly had me ready for the funny farm πŸ˜‚ Thanks for dropping in!

        1. Lots of test runs to see what worked and what didn’t… I actually found some of them in a bag yesterday. Kinda wondering why I still have them…

    1. Really? Thank you… Even so many years afterwards, I still look at that dragon and want to fix things πŸ˜‚ Thanks for stopping in, Mama Cormier!

  2. I had forgotten about Dr. Who and his Tardis! This was one of my favourites because (dare I write this) I am old enough to remember watching the VERY FIRST episode of Dr. Who on a black and white television when I was a youngster. Please could you put up some flashbacks of all the cats and dogs you have made over the years?

    1. Heehee, glad you enjoyed this little bit of Doctor-Who-esque time travel, Queen Bee! And don’t worry, in the eyes of the Doctor you are a mere toddler. Thinking about it, it’s surprising he always chose such young humans as his assistants – surely he’d find their lack of life experience annoying at best?
      Anyway, your request for a Beastie pet retrospective has been noted and will hit your screen in a future Flashback Friday! Thanks for popping in 😁

    1. Awww, thanks Lu! I’m working on more as we speak…
      And I hope you enjoyed your weekend too 😊

    1. Thank you, Mariss! I have to admit, I quite enjoyed scouring the archives in search of mad accessories for this post! Cheers for stopping by 😊

  3. I remember all of these…except the dragon (that must have been before Beasties bumbled into my life). The biologist in me really likes that last picture…it looks like the dragon has shed its skin :))

    1. Ha! That’s something that’s never covered in fantasy literature – do dragons shed their skins, and what on earth would you do with them if they did?! Cheers for revisiting some of the maddest Beastie accessories ever, Tammie!

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