Crochet taxidermy
February 4, 2016 9:32 AM   Subscribe

Want to decorate your hunting lodge or baronial hall without feeling too guilty? Crochet taxidermy to the rescue!

Disclaimer: it appears that Richardson uses real antlers and other animal parts in her work; hopefully these were obtained humanely. Anyway, not safe for vegans.
posted by Quietgal (19 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
I want the button-down sweater buck on my wall right now.
posted by mittens at 9:44 AM on February 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is really cool, thank you for posting it! It is doubtless especially of interest to those who use antlers in all of their decorating.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:47 AM on February 4, 2016 [10 favorites]


Oh my God! Somebody knit a two headed jackalope to death!
posted by Nanukthedog at 9:54 AM on February 4, 2016


Damn. Those are good. I'm a really fast crocheter, but it seems like those lions would take forever!
posted by Sophie1 at 9:57 AM on February 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


It is doubtless especially of interest to those who use antlers in all of their decorating.

Doubly useful, even, since every last inch of me's covered in hair!
posted by barchan at 9:57 AM on February 4, 2016 [4 favorites]


Also, somebody tag Jenny Lawson. Stat.
posted by Sophie1 at 9:58 AM on February 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


Many deer species shed and regrow their antlers annually, so they can potentially be gathered like falen branches. Is there a vegan prohibition against using found naturally shed animal products from wild, unmolested animals, or is the fact that some other small animals use them as a nutrient source considered sufficient harm to forbid their collection?
posted by Quinbus Flestrin at 10:29 AM on February 4, 2016


That's amazing. For the last few years I have been trying to crochet my son a tuba, but something went wrong and even after unraveling and redoing it still looks too much like a french horn. Can't even imagine tackling a moose.

Goes nicely with these knitted animal dissections...
posted by Mchelly at 10:30 AM on February 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


I find the gorilla particularly delightful. The way she so neatly highlights elements with circular work.
posted by tavella at 10:30 AM on February 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


Goes nicely with these knitted animal dissections...

OH COOL! This is also amazing! Wow! I love the intersection of fabric arts, which are traditionally considered a woman's domain, with hard science in a way that shows that you can do both and have them be super impressive and cool because there's no reason they can't be combined to be just as great as possible. There's a crocheted brain done by a female scientist of some sort that I saw in a science museum (Boston? Maybe?) and it was similarly really awesome!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:39 AM on February 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


WANT!

She has such control over texture and the overall shape. If I crocheted an animal, and it miraculously happened to be recognizable as such, y'all would nonetheless all ask "why does your crocheted animal have so many cysts?"

These are great. Thanks for posting them.
posted by janell at 10:40 AM on February 4, 2016 [2 favorites]


Speaking of science + crochet awesomeness, there's also the crochet coral reef. (Which I might have run across for the first time here, in a comment from msbutah)
posted by janell at 10:43 AM on February 4, 2016 [3 favorites]


That crochet coral reef is amazing! I would love to see one from the Paleozoic.
posted by barchan at 10:48 AM on February 4, 2016


A couple of weeks ago I had a knitting master class with Madame Tricot, who knits sausages, stuffed heads, aperitifs, anatomically-correct human hearts (she was a doctor before, as well as a psychiatrist later on), and all sorts of fun things. It was one of my favorite experiences. I was only able to crochet what with my still-recovering-from-being-exploded-on-concrete wrist; she gave great insight, was so open and genuinely creative, and we all had a lovely time. It's pretty neat to know you can feel free to follow your hands while knitting/crocheting and come up with some lovely jewelry, flowers, leaves...

Madame Tricot has an addictively excellent Pinterest collection.
posted by fraula at 10:58 AM on February 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


As long as we're linking, Monster Crochet has patterns for bacon, Poultrypalooza, the Vegetable Liberation Army, and Citrus Incognito.
posted by Sophie1 at 11:23 AM on February 4, 2016 [1 favorite]


This will save my scheme for a Scottish theme room.
posted by chapps at 1:22 PM on February 4, 2016


Quinbus Flestrin: "Many deer species shed and regrow their antlers annually, so they can potentially be gathered like falen branches"

You'd think the forests would be ass deep in shed antlers but other animals eat them fairly quickly and people actively search for them. Also both sides don't fall off at the same time so finding a matched pair is much rarer.

There is a pretty good market for shedded antlers though so if someone needed an occasional matched set they can source them over the internet.
posted by Mitheral at 5:06 PM on February 4, 2016


These are great and I wish I had one to put on my wall.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:05 PM on February 4, 2016


There's a local artist who makes something similar -- felted taxidermy heads -- and I loved them and wanted one for ages, and then I met her (at a craft fair) and she was so amazingly rude that as much as I still would like one, I can't bring myself to actually give her any money.
posted by jeather at 6:08 AM on February 5, 2016


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