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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 Annie Scotland on Aug. 11, 2019
I’m making a crankie scroll by stencilling large images onto the BACK of the material.
Similar to shadow puppetry, I like the more ethereal image created. Is there a good reason why few examples appear on your website?
Written by Sue Truman on Aug. 8, 2019
TO MARYLYNN PULSCHER: Hello! In the Minneapolis area I recommend Michael Hoyt 🔗 He had done some lovely work for the city using crankies as a community engagement tool to provide feedback to city planners. You can read more about it and watch a video in the “Projects” section of his website.

Best of luck in your project and festival! Sue Truman
Written by MaryLynn Pulscher on Aug. 7, 2019
Hello Sue,

would be able to identify a couple of crankie makers from MN and share their contact information with me? I work for the Mpls Park & Recreation Board and among other things am the Festival manager for the Mpls Monarch Festival and I am interested in working with a local crankie artist to showcase the monarch life cycle and migration. I'm imagining a large scale crankie that festival goers could help create/paint/color/etc. Thank you very much!
Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 30, 2019
TO JIM MCCUE: Hello and thank you for your message. Your project sounds very interesting! I would be happy to answer questions if I can. About crankies that is, math is not my strength!😀 please feel free to send me an email with questions, my email is at the top of this page. Look forward to hearing from you. Sue
Written by Jim McCue on Jul. 29, 2019
Hi Sue! I hope this message finds you well! My name is Jim McCue and I am a high school teacher in San Diego, CA. Our upcoming project is on theatre and production - and, as a math teacher, incorporate themes of probability, geometry, and quadratics! Phew, what a task!

My teaching partner and I would love to learn more about crankies, your expertise, and if you'd be interested in exploring this with us!
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 25, 2019
To Sandra Roulette: Hello and thank you for asking about a class. Yes, North Carolina is a bit of a hike from Seattle! On Sat. Sept. 14th I am teaching two -one hour workshops with the band PODORYTHMIE. It’s at the Job Carr Museum in Tacoma from 12:00-4:00 PM. It’s free and you can make and take home your own crankie😀 Here is a link for more info.
Written by Sandra Roulette on Jun. 23, 2019
Hello Sue, I was so happy to find your website. I have been wanting to make crankies with school aged children for ever. I will attempt on my own to figure out the process, but...if you had a class locally (Seattle area) I would be thrilled. I saw that you're teaching in NC this fall, but that's a reach for me to attend. Might you have something coming up??? Thank you.
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 4, 2019
TO KENDRA: Here is a link to the large moving panoramas.
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 4, 2019
TO KENDRA: Hello! Regarding your question about full size crankies, in the mid 19th century, there were huge moving panoramas, some 8’ high and hundreds of feet long. The scrolls were painted on muslin. You can see example in the history section under “large moving panoramas.

Most crankies these days are around 18” to 24” high.

I wonder if you could paint a panorama or a mural on inexpensive white sheets? I have also seen painted cardboard as scenery. That is all I can think of at the moment. If I get other ideas I will send!❤️❤️ Sue
Written by Kendra on Jun. 4, 2019
Hello. I am a teacher in Tennessee and I have teach a drama class after school. We are going to do Beauty and the Beast this year and our stage that we use has limited resources. I was thinking of building a background panorama due to the lack of curtains. Your website said full size stage crankies and I can’t find it. Do you have any suggestions for a crankie on a budget? Thank you.
Written by Sue Truman on May. 26, 2019
TO ELIZABETH WATKINS: Yes! I recommend Sam Bartlett. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ He has been leading crankie activities at schools around the US for 20+ years. His website is and you can read about his various crankie projects there. Best of luck to you!!❤️❤️❤️
Written by Elizabeth Watkins on May. 23, 2019
Are there any artists who work in schools to build a Crankie and create plays to perform? I am currently writing a grant for the 2019-2020 school year and I am super excited about this being a possibility for our charter school.
Written by PJ on May. 23, 2019
This link should work, hopefully!!! :-)
Written by Sue Truman on May. 23, 2019
Hi PJ!!! Exciting! I look forward to seeing your crankie!!❤️❤️❤️ For some reason, when I copy\paste the link into YouTube, it can’t find the video. What is the title of the crankie? If I type in the title, I should be able to find it. Sue
Written by PJ on May. 21, 2019
Hi Sue, it is PJ again. We finished our crankie!!!

Listen with the sound on; there is narration. :-) It was only me and 3 other people working on the scroll from conception to rough drafts to everything else. What a process it was! I made the crankie mechanism all by myself. I am so proud of our crankie! I hope you like it!!

Thank you Sue! I hope you have a great day. I love seeing your work on instagram, and I can’t wait to see more of it!

P.S. Did you know that some people use dresser drawers to make crankies?! They turn the drawer on its side and use the dresser handles as the cranks. I wish I knew that before I made my crankie, it’s ingenious!