Doctor Who thing: because the yarn was crying out to be shaped into a Dalek

If you haven’t yet made it to the National Media Museum in Bradford, Yorkshire, for its exhibit “Doctor Who and Me: 50 Years of Doctor Who Fans” (which I’ve mentioned before), you’ve got less than two weeks: the exhibit closes on February 9th.

I was at the opening night of the exhibit back in November, and I figure it’s time to share some thoughts and images from the exhibit. So I’m doing that all this week.

Today: fan crafts.

Is it because knitting and crocheting became a geeky thing in recent years that there’s so much yarncraft on display?


Theses are by German fan Lotta Groeger. Click here for a larger version with more detail.



Yarn Dalek by American fan Amy Ricci.


Yarn Tenth Doctor — complete with crazy hair! — by British fan Joanna Woodward.


I love this Dalek hat by British fan Colleen Whyatt.

Crafty fans don’t just knit and crochet. This is needlepoint (isn’t it?), by British fan Thomas Goodearl:


These embroidered tennies, by British fan Marisa Grimes, I’ve featured before:


The wide-range of mediums favored by fans also include ceramics:



I’m not sure about the mediums for these last two, but I’m guessing papier-mâché here, perhaps:


And probably wood (and paint) here:


As with yesterday’s fine-art fan creations, there’s a palpable sense of urgency in these pieces: these fans had no choice but to shape an outward expression of their love of the Doctor.

For the pieces here without artist information: if you know who created them, please drop a comment or send me an email, and I’ll update the post.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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