Designer of the Week - Friends of Socktopus

If you have a soft spot for quirky handmade toys and bright, bubbly fabrics, then this feature is especially for you! Friends of Socktopus is based in the San Juan Islands of Washington (USA) and is a creative project of Clarity Miller. The range includes socktopi, wiener dogs, foxes, owls, dolls, elephants, and nursery decor. Check out our review and enter the giveaway to win a wiener dog of your very own.

Friends of Socktopus Handmade Toys, Softies, Wiener Dog, Sausage Dog

The Product Review

In review this week we have a Friends of Socktopus wiener dog and a fleecy elephant with adorable ears! The styling of these sweet little critters is magnificent. I particularly like the mix and match patterns and the floppy ears, which are fun for little hands to grab. The wiener dog is ideal for adding a splash of colour to a child’s room (or any other space), and the elephant is perfect for cuddles at bedtime.

Clarity works with high quality quilting fabrics, and these toys appear to be quite durable. The elephant features a fleece body with cotton ears, which makes him very soft to touch (great for tactile kids). Each toy also comes with free repairs for life, which means that if an ear or a foot happens to come unstitched, Clarity will repair and return for free. Given that the little folk are likely to carry them around by the ears, tail, or wings, this is a handy backup plan.

The verdict… cheerful, cuddly and creative!

The Indie Label

Clarity started making stuffed animals in 1997, the year after she graduated from high school. Her very first creation was Socktopus (a sock monkey octopus), and soon after she decided that he needed some friends to keep him company. Her label now boasts a menagerie of magnificent creatures, each with their own cheeky personality.

Friends of Socktopus Handmade Toys, Softies, Fox, Elephant, Owl

The Creative Mind

Clarity is mum to 6 year old Caspian, and 2 1/2 year old Lucinda (Lulu). She says, “Caspian loves to read and is very imaginative and has an amazing sense of humour. Lulu is sweet and charming and cuddly, and tries to make our cats have tea parties with her”.

As well as drawing inspiration from her children, Clarity loves to browse Etsy, Pinterest and house and design blogs. She works exclusively with bright colours, patterns and prints, and most of her items are made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool.

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Clarity (in her own words):

  1. I grew up on a tiny island in Washington state, accessible only by ferry.

  2. Blueberries are my favourite food.

  3. My cat Rudy has 6 toes on all his feet and no tail! He is white and fluffy and looks like a cross between a cat and a rabbit.

The Handmade Collection

You can check out Friends of Socktopus handmade toys online at their website, buy your favourites via Etsy, or follow Clarity on Facebook for all the latest releases.

Friends of Socktopus Handmade Toys, Softies, Fox

Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win a Friends of Socktopus Wiener Dog? To enter, simply visit Friends of Socktopus and tell us which item is your favourite! Please submit your entry through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Winner announced on 13 Feb, 2014. Worldwide entries accepted. *Prize design: multicoloured stripes.

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