Beastie Besties - tierneycreates Beastie and Dog by CrawCrafts Beasties

tierneycreates Beastie

Fellow craftspeople provide some of the richest inspiration for new Beastie projects… And tierneycreates Beastie was no exception! This little monster left Beastie Towers with a heap of accessories, an amazing coiffure and one very special canine companion.

tierneycreates Beastie, A Personalised Knitted Monster by CrawCrafts Beasties

She now lives in Colorado with Tierney, a talented quilter and long-term BeastieBlog reader. You can meet Tierney and learn more about her work here.

Now, let’s check out that Beastie… And we’ll start by taking a peek in her wardrobe. tierneycreates Beastie has a choice of two ensembles – first up, a hand-stitched felt t-shirt in a burgundy shade that goes beautifully with her delicate orange complexion. Then there’s a cosy handknit Aran sweater for cooler days. That’ll come in handy if she returns to her Irish homeland!
Beastie Aran Sweater and T Shirt, handmade by CrawCrafts BeastiesGive us a twirl there, tierneycreates Beastie!
tierneycreates Beastie Outfits, handmade by CrawCrafts BeastiesVery nice. She’s also wearing a pair of Beastie-sized specs…
tierneycreates Beastie Face Closeup - CrawCrafts Beasties, Beastie HQ… Which are removable. (Match included for scale)
Beastie Miniature Glasses, by CrawCrafts BeastiesNext, let’s talk hair! I wanted to copy Human Tierney’s awesome locks as closely as possible… But none of my usual “hair” yarns quite fitted the bill. Luckily, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to indulge in a craft that I particularly enjoy – felting.

To get the texture right, and make sure each lock was a consistent size, every strand was needle-felted initially and then wet-felted. It was slow going, but fortunately we had a heatwave during the hairdressing process to help dry the locks out!
tierneycreates Beastie Dreads and Hat - Beastie HQAlso pictured is tierneycreates Beastie’s hand-knitted slouchy beanie hat. It’s inspired by one Human Tierney made for herself, but with a slight difference – strategically-placed earholes to help hold it in place on her head!

Then, to complete the top-to-toe ensemble – check out those natty little Beastie boots!
Beastie Boots, Handmade by CrawCrafts BeastiesThe yellow stitching is modeled on my own beloved DM boots, but I chose a nice sky blue for the Beastified version to add a pop of colour!

Next, I always like to include a bag with commissioned Beasties. That way they can carry some of their accessories around with them!

For this project, the bag was a great way to pay homage to Tierney’s love of quilting.
Quilting Inspired Beastie Bag by CrawCrafts BeastiesI selected some fabrics, cut teeny-tiny squares and pieced them together to create a miniature quilted panel. Then I stitched the panel onto the exterior of a felt bag made to my usual pattern. The bag is just the right size to hold the rest of tierneycreates Beastie’s accessories – a felt laptop and library card, each finished with hand-embroidered details.
tierneycreates Beastie Accessories by CrawCrafts BeastiesThat should be everything, right?

Not quite! We nearly forgot…
Mikelet, the Super-Miniature Schnauzer, by CrawCrafts BeastiesMikelet, the miniature miniature schnauzer!

Chez Tierney, they’re schnauzer people… So it was important to include a mini-me for their pooch Mike! This little felted hound is the perfect companion for tierneycreates Beastie, and will keep her company on her adventures.

Speaking of which – walkies?
Beastie Walkies - Handmade Commission Work by CrawCrafts Beasties

tierneycreates Beastie Vital Statistics

  • Yarn: Alpaca and wool blend in Orange and Navy. Hair is 100% wool, felted
  • Clothing: Hand-stitched felt t-shirt and hand-knitted Aran sweater
  • Accessories: Felt and wire glasses with plastic lenses, handknitted hat, felt boots, felt shoulder bag with appliquéd patchwork detail, felt laptop, embroidered felt library card
  • Anything else? Needle-felted miniature schnauzer for company and cuddles 🙂

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