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July 26, 2011

This IS your Granny’s crafting! with Betty Crafter – Scary Clown Edition

By Betty Crafter

I’m so excited to be here at No Pattern Required!  I love crafting, especially vintage crafts, so I jumped at the opportunity to unleash my vintage crafting enthusiasm on all the lovely readers here at No Pattern Required.  There’s just something about vintage crafts.  So sweet and wholesome, right?  With attention to quality details just not seen today.  They just don’t make things like they used to…

Sweet Mother!  What is that crime against crafting?  Most of you probably remember seeing this hideous, sad clown being posted recently.   Leave it to Betty to volunteer to bring this thing into the world!  I was really interested to see how it would look in living color so I stayed true to the color palette in the pattern, even though it hurt me even to purchase the supplies.  White, yellow, purple, and green acrylic yarn?  Blech.  But all in the name of vintage crafting, right?  So I went ahead and dove in.  It was a strange feeling for me, spending so many hours on something I knew was going to be ugly as sin.  But I persevered!  All for the big payoff:

Oh god.  It’s worse in color, isn’t it?  There was something about the black and white picture in the pattern.  Although revolting, something about the poor clown’s expression and placement of his bizarre penguin arms and the tilt of his floppy head elicited some sympathy.  Like he was apologizing for his grotesqueness.  But my clown?  In the flesh?  He just looks like he needs some psychotropic meds.

He’s got an untrustworthy gleam to his felt eye.  Like he’s plotting against me.  Maybe he’ll look better with a little more distracting scenery?

Uh, no.  Still looks like he’s laughing manically on the inside, and like he would be rubbing his felt palms together in anticipation of his evil plans (if he could reach them around his odd bowling pin shaped body.)  I have come to believe this clown is dangerous to have in the house, which is too bad because he now exists, because of me.  I can’t believe I own this thing.  Great.

Now I need to cleanse my crafting palette with some high quality yarn and a pattern that is actually cute.

Got any ridiculous vintage patterns you want Betty to suffer through bringing life to?  Send em in!  My pain is your comedic gain…

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11 Responses to This IS your Granny’s crafting! with Betty Crafter – Scary Clown Edition

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Oh Betty, you are AWESOME! This is like the freakiest and craziest clown I have ever seen. His eyes kind of have that pleading “Help me” look, or maybe I have mistaken that for the “I want to eat your soul” look. 🙂 Great post girl! *fingers crossed* nothing weird starts to happen around your house. 😉

  2. Barbara Reply

    July 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I must be weird, but I like him, and I know several others who would too!

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Barbara, I would love to give this guy a loving home. He’s yours if you want him – email me your address!

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  5. Elizabeth Reply

    July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Yay Betty! I love that you made this doll, even though he looks like he wants to eat my soul. I can’t wait to see what you cook up next.

  6. Andrea Reply

    July 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    There is nothing creepier than a clown, I swear … although he does look a touch less creepy while out in nature. You know he’s still gotta be plotting, though. Great post!

  7. Dianne Morgan Reply

    July 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I’m with you, Barbara. So ugly and pitiful that he’s cute!

  8. RetroRuth Reply

    July 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Betty! Sorry I couldn’t find the pattern again, but it looks like he turned out okay! I actually kinda like this little guy, too. Maybe it is your sunny nature that made him slightly less evil.

    But his neck still freaks me out.

  9. sablemable Reply

    July 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Welcome aboard, Bettyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!! Since I am craft-challenged, I thoroughly enjoy seeing the artistic talents of others!

    Looking forward to more of your crafty-crafts, girl!

  10. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    July 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Oh my gosh – it is true..he IS kind of maniacal but I love him. And it’s so good seeing him in living color. Great job, Betty! I love his little eyelashes.

  11. Calliebell Reply

    October 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    This is hilarious. Out of curiosity (even my husband wants to know), where exactly were you able to find a giant, weird clown backdrop on presumably short notice?

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