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What I learned about vintage soft toys part one sock monkeys

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Making sock monkeys I was always fascinated about where they originated from ? So wrote about it at the time !  Love vintage Please read on if interested I will tell you more……

*sock monkeys

Everyone knows what a sock monkey is. You probably played with one yourself as a child. But did you know that a sock monkey actually made an appearance at the Academy Awards? And that one of them even starred in batman returns

Stuffed toys are a rather recent invention. The first manufacturer to concentrate on soft toys was the German company Steiff, which was founded in 1880 and invented the teddy bear in 1902.

When the European trend reached the United States in the 1920’s, mothers started making their own stuffed toys from socks. Nowadays, when people think of sock monkeys, they automatically think of so-called Original Rockford Red Heel® socks — gray work socks with a distinguished red and white heel.

I made one of these myself and I called him Rockford you can still buy these socks today with pattern on how to make

Rockford

These socks were originally made by the Nelson Knitting Mills in Rockford, Illinois (hence the name) since 1890, and patented in 1915. When the company decided to include sock monkey instructions with every pair of the Red Heel® socks in the 1950’s, the true marketing magic began.

The pattern was published in a craft magazine in 1955, and in 1958, the first book dedicated to sock monkeys was published. By then, elephant instructions were published as well, and sock monkeys became an important part of every American childhood.

As with every trend, it slowly died down, only to be resurrected again in the 1990’s, when the baby boomers shared their own childhood memories and started making sock monkeys again.

Sock monkeys will always be part of my life as I have been making them for over 4 years . Nice to know how it all started and the history.

Now made out of all socks in different colours but all very unique to the person making them.

Thanks for reading lots more to tell you about the history of soft toys

Julie

you can see a collection of vintage sock monkey pics over on Pinterest 

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What a lovely monkeymas it was (Christmas)

Monkeymas

I love my doodles they say it’s theraputic to draw and set my self a challenge with my monkeymas advent doodles . Twenty four doodles of monkeymas mischief fun!.

wasnt the drawing that was a challenge it was what I could draw next. incorporating the number and the amount of things objects in each one was most difficult but I did it. All drawn free hand with my finger or drawing pen stylus’s . Just fun I would recommend giving it a go done on the drawing desk app on ipad.

Monkeymas advent

I haven’t been sewing as many monkeys and didn’t make many before Christmas but still in my life in my doodles. I think a bit more practice and who knows what I can acheave perhaps some birthday cards . I have done my own designs of cards before long time ago.

So love my new venture revamping the vintage toys always best to keep your options open but still enjoy what you do just fitting it all in . Trying lots  of new things have some ideas but we will see.

Thanks for reading I hope to do more blogs in the new year

merry Christmas and all the best for the new year

Julie🎄🐵

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Monkeys Shareing the craft room with new friends handmade business

Monkeys sharing the craft room with new friends

 

New friends

As I mentioned before I haven’t been making as many monkeys. My craft room has been filling with lots of weird and wonderful things. Funny it started off as just vintage and my own things but I am finding my self drawn towards the teddies and dolls to sell. Some have been in bad condition and I’m bringing them back to life to play another day. I wrote a blog about my love of dolls but always collected teddies for a long time but have been in the wardrobe for years . My sock monkeys have pride of place in the bedroom and craft room as they are special.

My monkeys

But my teddies have hardly been played with except my grandson taking them out to look at  them they are like new. I gave a lot away a few years ago to the charity shop and just kept my favourite ones.  I thought perhaps I can sell them not all at once perhaps one at a time. I found a very large golden teddy st Michael marks and spencer teddy bear really chunky not much space for him so thought he could go first.

My golden teddy

sold him quite quick to a lovely lady who also collects teddies and she was very happy ! She said he just fit on the shelf  with her other teddy friends. So he went to a good home and is now on display as  he should be. I am not sure I’m ready to sell the rest but rescuing them and making like new sounds more appealing.

Bringing me great joy collecting things like mr men and Care Bears and found some lovely teddy figures. So my little craft room is filling up.

Mr tickle

Who remembers trolls well times gone on since my day ! They have been reinvented a few times but brought back memories of one I had when I was younger.

Troll with pink hair

I think my craft room is filling with lots of lovely toys.and things.  So who knows what I will find  or what I will keep.

Monkey among the mess

new friends

New friends

Had to buy more shelf area to put them all . But being packed away as new ones come in ready To go to new homes. Would also like to renovate a dolls house but that’s another story.

thanks for reading

julie

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