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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 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.
Written by Sue Truman on Mar. 12, 2019
To PJ: Also, the group Rumput, I believe they are from Richmond, VA, did a large crankie. If you go to YouTube and type in Rumput crankie, you should be able to find it.

Regarding the amount of time to to complete, two months kind of optimistic however, you are of an art group with skills so that is worth a lot of time!😀 If you decide to proceed, stay in touch and let us know how you are doing!
Written by Sue Truman on Mar. 12, 2019
To PJ: Hello! When you say “large” how large? Katherine Fahey created a scroll that was 4 feet high. She used white Tyvek and I am fairly sure it comes in that width. I haven’t made a crankie that big but is I were going to try it, I would use Tyvek for the scroll.
Written by PJ on Mar. 10, 2019
My school is planning on using a crankie (or something crankie-esque) for a stage production. Do you have any tips for making a crankie on a large scale, or examples thereof? Would it be too difficult to do in two months? (We are an arts school, so we have some skills under our belt!)

Thank you for your time :-)
Written by Sue Truman on Mar. 6, 2019
To Sara from Chile: Hello! So nice to receive your message! Regarding your question about materials to use for the scroll, there are many options. Go to the MAKE A CRANKIE page, then click on MATERIALS FOR THE SCROLL page. Look at those pages and then let me know if you have questions. Good luck and keep in touch!
Written by Sara on Mar. 5, 2019
Hello! We are a chilean company of tales. We discovered crankie box and we fall in love, so we started to experiment and made our first crankie, we love your work, and we want to know if you can give as some tips, like the type of paper that you use. It will be very usefull for us, here in Chile this technique is not widely know, so in a future we want to organize a festival to invite others artist that made cranki's. Thank you very much hope for your answer. Greetings from Chile
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 28, 2019
To Sarah Post: sounds great! You are laminating the scroll? Wonderful idea! If you don’t mind, please let us know how that worked. I aM sure others would be curious to know. (And me too!)

In terms of tape, here are my preferences although any of these will do: 1: blue painter’s tape, 2. Masking tape, 3. Scotch tape.

Best of luck. Send a picture!
Written by Sarah Post on Feb. 28, 2019
hi, We're making a simple crankie as a family project for a reading fair at my daughter's school. We love your website and find it helpful. We're using 18" craft paper from her easel and I'm planning on having the scroll laminated so it won't rip. Also, she has a couple parts that will use elmer's glue.

My questions is: What/how do I attach the scroll to the dowel rods? I assume with some tape? What kind of tape is best?