I blame lack of supervision for my monster loving obsession. What are you talking about, Jess? Let me explain. I was that kid who read all the Stephen King books when I was way too young, and was addicted to horror movies. I couldn’t get enough horror or gore, and no one was saying, “Hey. Maybe you should wait until you’re old enough to read/watch this.”

The absence of anyone stopping me from scaring the crap out of myself profoundly influenced my art style later on… all I drew was monsters and pin-up style ladies, like the ones that needed saving in all the movies. My ladies usually had weird arms/tentacles/or anything that didn’t require me to draw human hands. Always. It was a good thing. I can’t stand anything scary now, because I feel like throwing up and am afraid of everything. I still jump into bed a foot away from it so no clowns can drag me under (Thanks, Mr. King), and haunted anything is out of the question. Still, I love me some monsters.

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This is my newest monster doll. Her tentacles along took close to 4 hours of crocheting and hand stitching to complete. It must be a sickness, because I’ll repeat it before the year is out.


The first real art doll that I ever crocheted had tentacle arms. She’s the one pictured in the biggest box below. I had only the basics of crochet shaping, and I don’t think I was even pattern designing then. I probably made her about 10 years ago. Crap, I’m old(ish). I just didn’t know how to crochet arms or hands, so she got something I was familiar with; tentacles. It was the beginning of a very cool aspect to my monster making.

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There were more dolls made with tentacles that this, but these are my favorites. Missing, is a 3 headed cheerleader with 3 sets of arms… one being tentacles. The picture was too crappy to share.

Making dolls with tentacles and suction cups is a process, which I love and simultaneously loathe. I love the finished look of the tentacles. LOVE. Look how cool it is. I always manage to get the natural curl, so you can see all of the details. It’s freakin’ awesome.

I can’t stand stitching it all together. I usually start freaking out when I’m making the suction cups, and then grumble the rest of the time spent on the doll. There’s so much finger stabbing, and I can’t wait to finish each tentacle. Writing out the crochet patterns for tentacles is maddening, and then suddenly it’s over. I’m left with a pile of yarn scraps and a kick-ass monster… with tentacles.

It’s such a satisfying end result, that I repeat the process over and over.

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This is my favorite view of this doll. She’s so very cool, but the visuals of how the yarn worked up with the contrasting suction cups… makes me happy.

I’m assuming that there will be more monsters with tentacles being made. I think I just need a little break after this red lady, because I started on the second Patreon Monster Puppet’s body immediately afterwards. I’m already kicking myself and I just started the first part of the tentacle. It’ll be worth it in the end, and that’s what keeps me making them.


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2 thoughts on “A History of Using Tentacles in My Art

  • January 7, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Hahaha meee too! I started reading Stephen King in grade school and my favorite movie was Poltergeist (Heather O’Rourke and I were the same age…soooo I’m way too young to have loved that movie as a kid. What were my parents thinking?). Now I can’t even watch it and I jump over the monsters waiting to claw my ankles as I hop in bed. It’s funny how life has a way of making things you used to love as a child unbearable when you’re older. I love the tentacles on your monsters, they are the best part!

    • January 11, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Thank you for your kind words… And it’s nice to hear about more scaredy cats like me out there. LOL!

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