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FRIENDS: I hope you enjoyed this website. I would love to hear from you. If you have a question, or if you have a story to tell, leave a comment here. For the benefit of all, I usually respond here. Or, you can send an email to me: stepdancesue at gmail dot com. Find The Crankie Factory on Facebook and You Tube. I post a lot of crankie things on INSTAGRAM SueTruman1015. And by all means MAKE A CRANKIE! Thank you!

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Written by Doug Coppinger on May. 27, 2014
Hi Sue or Seattle Crankies,

This Doug Coppinger from The Meridian School (still there!). I would like to talk with you about these wonderful moving panoramas and possibly coming to our Summer Program to present to our young participants about this art. My phone number is 206.632.7154.
Hope to hear from you!

Written by Dennis on Jan. 17, 2014
Do you have any suggestions for how to keep the scroll moving on a level tract? Mine keeps going up a bit I think the two spools are pretty much straight up and down.
Written by Sue Truman on Dec. 16, 2013
Dennis - That' great that you made your first crankie and a bummer about the white out. This reminds me of my first crankie, I didn't realize that wool felt (VS Eco Fi felt) blocked out the light. So when I had the crankie half finished I loaded it into the box, turned on the light and all the wool/felt images turned out black - not what I had in mind. Not sure what to suggest to you (very fine sand paper??) but don't get discouraged and I hope we will see your crankie. Send a picture or video si=ometime. Sue
Written by Dennis on Dec. 15, 2013
Just finished my first crankie. Have one big problem, and hoping you might have some solution---- if one exists. Some drawings needed corrections so I used wite-out. Looks fine on the face of the paper. But when I back-lit it, they come out as big, dark blotches. Can't think of anything to do but re-draw a whole lot of pictures.
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 10, 2013
Barbara, That is a great question - where to start? I started by cutting out felt pieces of really simple, outdoor images: pine trees, mountains, sunrise, summer and fall. Just to get a feel for the process. That was Valse Beauliu, it's in the "Watch a Crankie" section of this website. My second crankie, I expanded to all four seasons! WOOHOO! Again, no story line, just getting a feel for thinking laterally. CRANKIE ARTISTS: CAN YOU SHARE HOW YOU GOT STARTED??
Written by Barbara Nickerson on Nov. 9, 2013
Hi Sue, I have not made a cranky yet, but will enjoy giving it a try. I have been making my way through your website and see lots of ideas and your materials list. Do you have a suggestion for how to get started with a simple one? Thanks so much. Barbara
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 8, 2013
Barbara, thank you for your message. You won't be disappointed with the "Illusions in Motion" book, there is so much information in it, that it takes a while to digest it all. I go back to it every few months are read sections over again. Have you ever made a crankie/moving panorama?
Written by Barbara Nickerson on Nov. 7, 2013
Thank you, Sue, for your comment on the Pilgrims Progress Website. I too love to learn what I can about panoramas, didn't know they are also called Crankies. I ordered the book "illusions in Motion". So glad I have found your website, will enjoy learning from you. Thanks, so much.
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 2, 2013
Thank you for sending your crankies to me! They are wonderful - keep them coming!
Written by Jessica C. White on Nov. 2, 2013
Hi there, thanks for such a great website! I also would like to share my first crankie -

Thanks and keep up the good work!
Written by Penny Anderson on Oct. 27, 2013
Thanks for the wonderful resource. Now I can answer questions about crankie history more intelligently! I wonder if you're aware of J.I.M. Stewart's autobiography in which he briefly mentions seeing a large rolling panorama of the sinking of the Titanic?

Would you be willing to link to my YouTube of my first crankie?

Thanks again,

Written by Jonathan Youtt on Jan. 22, 2013
The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew has a bike powered cranky which is a part of the Safe Routes to Schools school assembly program which tours elementary schools throughout Oakland, Berkeley and the rest of Alameda County, CA promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety to young students. Check out a snippet.
Written by Marcia T. on Sep. 7, 2012
Hi Sue! Loved the first cranky - and the tune, Valse Beaulieu. It was taught at a Sierra Fiddle camp quite a few years back. I have some student that went there from Texas, and that was one song that they passed on to me. Loved it. I thought it was about the Beluga whales!!!! NOT! How funny is that? Still know the tune, anyway. LOVE THE CRANKIES!!!!!!!!
Written by Ellen on Sep. 5, 2012
Are crankies traditional? or did you make them up? they look so old-timey, but there's nothing on your site that says so... if they are, can you put a little history on your welcome page? thanks!