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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 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!
Written by Sue Truman on May. 6, 2019
Hello Ina!! Thank you!❤️ I must confess, that for the lettering on the Hibernicon crankie, I used a Cameo Silhouette machine. It is connected to a laptop with special software. You type out the words. I put a sheet of black Tyvek on a cutting mat and load that into the Silhoutte machine. Press “cut” and it does the rest. It’s a life saver!
Written by Ina oppliger on May. 2, 2019
Sue, you are my hero! How do you make the beautiful clear lettering (as on the Hibernian Crankie
Written by Sue Truman on Apr. 20, 2019
TO ADENA: Hello! Cameron from the Baltimore Center Stage emailed me about his last week and I sent him Katherine's contact information. her website is

She is a wonderful artist, performer, teacher and human. Sue Truman
Written by Adena on Apr. 14, 2019
My name is Adena Varner and I’m the Director of Education at Baltimore Center Stage and I am very interested in connecting with Katherine Fahey. We are working on hiring local artists for our annual gala and I saw a crankie at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater Show last month that she was the main crankie artist for and I would really love to have her as a part of our gala celebration.
Written by Sue Truman on Mar. 15, 2019
TO PJ: I don't know what happened to the rest of my message below. Anyhow, I was trying to say that you could also crank it on stage and provide live video projection with an I phone or a "Go Pro." The photo is from the Winnipeg Crankie Festival and I am fiddling. They did a fabulous job of providing the live video projection. Good luck with your project!! Sue
Written by Sue Truman on Mar. 15, 2019
TO PJ: That sounds like a great idea, to make a smaller crankie and then project a video of it. Another idea
Written by PJ on Mar. 13, 2019
Thank you SO much for your examples, Crankie Factory! We ended up deciding to create a small crankie instead of a big one, but we will project a pre-filmed video of it onstage so it can actually be seen. :-)

I especially love Miss Katherine Fahey’s crankies! Our crankie will look similar to her work, I think.

I am very excited! I will post a link on here to our crankie video, once it is done. That will be some months from now, so I hope I remember to, haha. Thank you again!!!
Written by Sue Truman on Mar. 12, 2019
TO PJ: Also, Annie Bailey, an artist from Maine painted a large crankie on fabric (she is brave😀) and it was displayed in the windows of the Farnsworth Art Museum. Here is a link to read about it.