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Santa Cthulhu 2013: Final!

It's done! At last! Santa Cthulhu 2013 is complete. If you haven't been following along, this is now the fifth not-quite-annual needle felted Santa Cthulhu extravaganza for us. You can see previous years' projects in the Felt Gallery. This one took a while, Brian and I started working on it back in mid-October. Santa Cthulhu sits in his Octi-Sleigh, ready to deliver his bag full of squirmy presents to children all over the world. A shoggoth pulls Santa and his sleigh; why bother with eight tiny reindeer when one protoplasmic behemoth will do? Keep scrolling for far too many photos ...

 The bag of presents appears to be made of fishing net. It erupts with assorted tentacles, and a single giant crab claw.

Santa is needle felted entirely from wool. Oddly, this is the first year we've given the Santa Cthulhu wings. I have no real reason for that. In previous years I think we just got close to the finish line and thought, "Wings? Nah, that'd be more work ..."

The shoggoth is a writhing, amoeba-like mass of needle felted pustules, eyes, appendages and teeth. A shoggoth is a constantly changing creature. As such, it's somewhat difficult to put a yoke or harness on it. Santa just hitches his sleigh up to a large metal ring that he has to trust the shoggoth to keep incorporated into its fluctuating body. Chains hitch the shoggoth's ring to the sleigh, and Santa holds leather straps as reins. The eyes are glass cabochons that we painted specifically for the shoggoth. The teeth are epoxy clay.


The Octi-Sleigh is a substantial sculpture I made specifically for this project. It has a wire armature covered with nearly 4 lbs of epoxy clay. It is painted with acrylics, and I'd just like to point out that this was my very first attempt at painting with an airbrush! If you look back at the last several journal entries, you can see lots of work-in-progress photos of the sleigh.

Lovecraft's shoggoths are described as iridescent. For fun, we went with fluorescent. If you have a blacklight handy, the shoggoth (and even Santa) will glow!


Santa sits about 11" tall. The sleigh is 13" long and 7" tall. The shoggoth is about 8" tall and 11" long. And just to help, I took a photo with my hand in the shot, to demonstrate how big these figures are.

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Reader Comments (8)

Absolutely amazing, Amy (and Brian!) This is just a stunningly wonderful creation! And, you know, if Cthulhu is pleased, when the end-times come, He'll eat you first (whew!)

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChelidon

Love it! Wish I could afford it! It's an amazing piece, such workmanship, craft, artistic vision... Well done!

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMister_Bun

Just Great Hail Santa CTHULHU lml :D

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTio-ZERO

You have SO outdone yourself! Thanks for sharing this amazing work!

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Chase

Oh man, I wish I had seen it fast enough to get it! :D

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Yes. I would like to buy one please. Yes. Thank you. NAAAOOOOO!!!

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Thank you for all the lovely comments! :) I do apologize for making only one of them a year. All I can say is check back next year! We're already plotting next year's Christmas Cthulhu ...

December 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterAmy L. Rawson

Just.... amazing. This made my day!

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGonzoDeluxe

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