Knitting

Cthulhu Dice Bags

This week I’ve been making up a couple of Cthulhu Dice Bags for customers. These bags are very important to me as they were the item that really set up my Etsy shop.

For those that are not familiar with Cthulhu I should explain. He is a character from a series of short stories written in the 1920’s by a gentleman called HP Lovecraft. They are horror stories written about strange alien beings that are worshipped as Gods by secret cults, they often focus on the madness caused by finding out the truth. If you’ve never read anything by him I highly recommend it, his writing style is slightly old-fashioned and his portrayal women and ethnic minorities are very typical of the time period. But the stories are good!

Cthulhu himself is one of the Elder Gods said to be sleeping beneath the waves waiting for the stars to be aligned correctly so that he can return to Earth and wreak havoc. Lovecraft describes him as “A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.”. My bags represent his head but they could also be viewed as an Octopus.

Cthulhu

The first inspiration for the dice bags came when I was searching for a birthday gift to make for my best friend. He was a regular roleplaying buddy (he has been away in New Zealand for a couple of years but I’m looking forward to his return!) and at that time we had just started playing the game The Call of Cthulhu. I had searched online for some inspiration and decided to create a Cthulhu Dice Bag for him. The first one came out OK – since then I have made them for my other roleplaying buddies, my daughter and my father and the pattern has evolved into the item I make today. When he was alive, my dad worked in a roleplaying shop and he encouraged his customers to order dice bags from me which prompted me to open my online shop. They remain the most popular item! Not just with roleplayers, but also steampunks and fans of all things tentacle.

This week I was making a dark green bag, and a gorgeous two-colour bag in gold and teal. As I was making it, it really reminded me of the colours of Ancient Egypt (which is completely in keeping with Cthulhu’s ancient roots). The colours are like those seen on Tutankhamen’s burial mask.

I make these in any colours – what colours would you choose?

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