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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 Sep. 17, 2019
TO KELSEY SMITH: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INVITE TO TEACH AT YOUR LIBRARY. ❤️❤️ UNFORTUNATELY, I WILL BE OUT OF TOWN (in North Carolina!). Maybe another time. I will send you an email.
Written by Kelsey Smith on Sep. 11, 2019
Hello Sue! I was wondering if you might be interested in doing a crankie workshop at the Lacey Timberland Library in the future? Specifically, Friday, November 1 would be great, as we are having an Applefest on Saturday, November 2 and part of our vision was to show an apple themed crankie. If that date doesn't work, I could send you some other dates in November and beyond, into 2020. Thanks for your consideration!
Written by Sue Truman on Aug. 17, 2019
TO ANNIE SCOTLAND: I am waiting to hear back from artist friends to get permission to post pictures of their crankies. In the meantime, please feel free to post a photo of one of your crankies where you put the image on the back of the scroll and backlight the scroll. I would love to see!😀 Sue Truman
Written by Sue Truman on Aug. 17, 2019
TO ELISA: That is wonderful that you have made a crankie!!❤️❤️ There are many material choices for the scroll. Tyvek (for artists) is a good choice as it strong. You might see if you can find Tyvek for artists in Italy?

Also, Go to the “Make a Crankie” section of this website, then click on “Materials for the Crankie Scroll” I have listed many different options.
Written by Elisa on Aug. 17, 2019
Hello, I'm italian and me and a friend have made a homemade crankie. We have a problem with the scroll. It's not easy to find the right paper. A wrapping paper is too brown? Where can i find online a scroll? What's the best material and how the weight of the paper? Thank you
Written by Sue Truman on Aug. 12, 2019
TO ANNIE SCOTLAND: Thank you for your comment about putting the images on the back of the scroll to get a different effect. I know a few people who have done this and I will post some examples.

For my Shore to Shore crankie, I glued images of whales and fishes to the back of the scroll. It gave a slightly different, under water look. I had to put clear packaging tape over the images so that they did not snag on the leader dowel as it was being cranked.
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