Detective Beastie, A Commission by CrawCrafts Beasties

The Curious Case of Detective Beastie

Hey there everyone! We’re broadcasting a little later than usual today, but hopefully I can make it up to you all by introducing a super new Beastie – with a heap of cool accessories! Soooo… Hello there, Detective Beastie!
Detective Beastie by CrawCrafts BeastiesAdmittedly, she doesn’t look very detective-y just yet. Let’s get ready for work!

“Hey, where are my glasses?”
Detective Beastie's Glasses - Commissions - CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! That’s better. This might also be a good time to admire her lustrous red locks and sweet star print tunic!
Lovely Red Beastie Hair - CrawCrafts BeastiesI always knew this Beastie would be going to live in Texas, so this sweet fabric was the perfect nod to her new home in the Lone Star State.

What’s next, then? Oh yes, COFFEE.
Detective Beastie's Coffee - Commissions - CrawCrafts BeastiesA nice frothy felty cappucino is the best way to start the day. Yum!

Now, like most Beasties, Detective Beastie wants to have everything that her human counterpart has. So when she heard that her new buddy usually wears a pink cotton jacket to work… Well, you can probably see where this is going.
Detective Beastie's Jacket - CrawCrafts BeastiesRockin’ it! Time to grab your bag and go!
Detective Beastie, Ready to go! CrawCrafts Beasties

What do you have in there, by the way?
Detective Beastie's Bag - Commissions by CrawCrafts BeastiesOh cool, Beastie-sized crochet! Just in case she has any downtime.

And that just leaves one more important thing to add before we send her on her way.
Beastie Police Badge - CrawCrafts BeastiesEvery detective needs her badge! This Beastie-sized version is made of felt, with teeny embroidered details and a magnet inside to hold it in place.
Detective Beastie with Accessories, by CrawCrafts Beasties

And now she’s ready to solve some mysteries and fight some crime! Go get ’em, Detective Beastie!
Detective Beastie, Ready for Work - CrawCrafts Beasties
Thanks to Melissa for inspiring this awesome project… I hope your new Beastie partner is pulling her weight! And we’ll be back next Tuesday with more monster shenanigans from Paddy and Plunkett, assuming they haven’t got too settled at the Logan Fish Pond!

See you then!

Kristen Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties

Woolly Wedding Day!

Hello there Beastie friends! It’s Tuesday again, and guess what? It’s another new Beastie day! I think I might have mentioned once or twice that I had a pretty busy summer, and I love that I can share these creations with you at last. Today’s project was commissioned as a very special surprise gift from a bride-to-be to her new hubby on their wedding day. So, no pressure!

How about we start with the beautiful Beastie bride?
Kristen's Wedding Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesThe brief for this Beastification was to show how this couple looks every day, rather than their one-off wedding outfits. So Mrs Kristen Beastie is wearing her favourite yoga pants and a stylish vest top… Although I couldn’t resist adding some extra detail on the back of the top to make it extra special!
Crossover Detail on Vest Top - CrawCrafts BeastiesI also had a great time capturing her multi-toned blonde hair!

Oh, and in case you were wondering what that blue stripe across her front in the first picture was…
Yoga Mat and Bag - CrawCrafts BeastiesIt’s a Beastie-sized yoga mat in its own custom-made bag! The mat has an embroidered edge that matches Mrs Beastie’s vest top, while the bag has a handy drawstring closure decorated with silver beads.

And speaking of all things silver and sparkly… Perhaps it’s time to add a little extra glamour to the proceedings!
Beastie Tiara by CrawCrafts BeastiesWaaaay back at the beginning of this Beastification, Kristen Beastie’s human counterpart sent a few photos to help me along. One of them showed her dressed for a big night out, with a twinkly tiara to complete the look. She asked if I could make a Beastie-sized version… How could I resist a challenge like that?!

I used silver-coated wire and Swarovski crystal beads to create the teardrop-shaped loops of the original in miniature. It was fun to work with these new materials, but they’re much harder on your hands than the soft wool and felt I usually work with. So, I have a new respect for all the jewellery makers out there! And although I wasn’t able to capture it on camera, the sparkle and rainbow reflections from the crystal beads when they caught the sunlight was off the charts! I might need to make one of these for myself…

After that, this little monster lady just needed one more thing to complete her lineup of accessories…
Starbeasts Coffee - Beastie Coffee Cup by CrawCrafts BeastiesWell, she has to keep her energy up, doesn’t she? And since a Beastie could easily take a bath in a human-size grande latte from international coffee purveyors Starbucks, she’s chosen a caffeinated pick-me-up from her local Starbeasts instead. Delicious!

This Beastie beverage comes in a wool felt cup, with needle-felted sculpted lid and a hand-embroidered Starbeasts logo. And it just fits nicely in her little woolly paw!
Everything for a Bridal Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesReady to go!

But wait, you probably need more than one person for a wedding! Has anyone seen Mr Beastie?

Aha! There he is.
The Happy Couple, Wedding Gift Beasties by CrawCrafts BeastiesA handsome fellow indeed! But you’ll have to wait until next week to meet him… And there might be another family member joining us in the pictures too, so stay tuned!

Also, don’t forget to swing by again on Friday for a between-the-numbers post about Beastie calendars… See you then!

Dublin Football Beastie, Ready To Go! CrawCrafts Beasties

Dublin The Beastie Fun!

Wow, what a hectic week it’s been! And before I introduce you to another pre-Christmas new Beastie, I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everybody who came along to meet me and my little monsters at our recent Christmas markets! It was so nice to see the faces behind some of my favourite Instagram accounts, catch up with Beastie buddies I’ve met at past events, and make some new friends, too. You all rock!

Now, we’re really keeping it local with this week’s new Beastie – she’s a true Dublin girl! She was created as a surprise birthday gift for a lady who’s a big Dublin GAA fan, and who loves her coffee. Knowing that, and with a few photos to work from, it was easy to sketch up some ideas for a little monster friend!
Every Beastie Begins with a Sketch - CrawCrafts Beasties
Then, a few tweaks and a lot of teeny sewing later… She was ready!
Dublin Football Beastie, Ready To Go! CrawCrafts Beasties
This Beastie has soft, curly wool and alpaca hair, and a pair of super-cool glasses…
Caitriona Beastie Closeup - CrawCrafts Beasties
… Which she can take off, if she likes.
Caitriona Beastie's Glasses - CrawCrafts Beasties
She’s also proudly sporting the latest Dublin GAA football jersey, complete with sponsor logo and the team crest!
Beastie-Size Dublin GAA Jersey, by CrawCrafts Beasties
I used a combination of hand embroidery and appliqué to get these details as close as possible to the real thing… here, take a closer look at that teeny tiny Dublin crest!
Dublin GAA Crest Closeup - CrawCrafts Beasties
There’s also a little personalisation on the back of the jersey, to make this gift extra special!
A Beastie Just For You! CrawCrafts Beasties
And finally… That all-important cup of coffee! This Beastie’s new human friend is especially fond of Americano, so that’s what she’s drinking too. I thought it might be fun to add a wisp of crema around the edges, to give the coffee that proper barista-made look!
Beastie-Sized Americano, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Now, making Beasties makes me very happy… But what makes me happier is seeing them well settled in their new homes! So you can imagine how delighted I was to receive this photo of these two girls posing together for the camera!
Two Happy Dublin Girls! CrawCrafts Beasties
Hopefully this is the first of many fun adventures for this pair! And if you’d like to know how you (or someone you love) would look as a little woolly monster, I’m already starting to take orders for 2018! Sooo…
Find out more about the design process here
or get in touch with me through the Contact page to book your spot!

Next week, join us for a look back through the highlights of 2017 – it’s been quite a year! See you then!

 

Light Refreshments at Beastie Towers!

Hooray! If it’s Tuesday, it must be New Beastie Day! Here are a couple of the other new additions to the Beastie Towers family who joined us at our market last Saturday

First up… Caff-Fiend Beastie!
Caff-Fiend Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesOh, I do love making Beasties with teeny mugs of hot drinks! And as someone with their feet firmly planted in the tea drinkers’ camp, all of my cup-toting Beasties up to now have been clutching a nice, milky brew. However, I have heard rumblings that some people -SHOCK – prefer coffee! And it turns out that this applies to Beasties too. So, Caff-Fiend Beastie has a big ol’ yellow mug full of rich, strong Americano…
Anyone for Coffee? CrawCrafts Beasties …Although I suspect this might not be his first of the day! Check out his hair – is he perhaps a little frazzled?
One Too Many Coffees? CrawCrafts BeastiesMaybe we’d better make him order a chamomile tea next time around!

Of course, our “Drinks Beasties” feature today wouldn’t be complete without a Pint Beastie…
A New Red Ale Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI equipped this Barróg* Beastie (those are the ones made out of 100% Irish wool) with one of my new-style pints, to see if the method worked with other types of beer… How about a nice red ale?

[*“Barróg” is the Irish word for “hug”, by the way!]
Red Ale Beastie's Pint, by CrawCrafts BeastiesLooking good – I’d almost drink this myself! Sláinte!

Have you a favourite tipple that you’d like to see recreated in Beastie-size? Let me know in the comments!