Of all of the horrifying creatures that inhabit Lovecraft’s stories, the most ignored must surely be the Giant Albino Penguin. It always seems to be overshadowed by all of those Elder Things and Old Ones hogging the spotlight. This hardly seems fair. How would Shoggoths survive in the Antarctic without them?
Today we will feed our inner Shoggoth with a simple felt depiction of these nearly-forgotten birds.
You’ll need craft felt in off-white, white, and pink – and embroidery cotton in white and red, along with a very small amount of fiberfill stuffing. Borrowing heavily from this tutorial, cut out two body pieces, two wings, and a body bottom from off-white felt; two eyes, a soft edible belly, and two under wings from white felt; and the beak and feet from pink felt.
Sew the white belly onto the front off-white body piece, then the pink beak, and white eyes. (I attached the eyes with red satin stitches to make creepy unseeing pupils.) Sew the body front to the body back, and tack the pink feet to the bottom of the body front. Gently stuff with polyfill, then sew on the body bottom. The penguin should have a flat bottom and be able to stand at this point. Stitch the wings to the underwings, and attach to the sides of the penguin.
Voila! Shoggoth dinner is served!
As today’s craft assignment deals with a lesser creature, today’s alternate reading assignment is one of Lovecraft’s lesser stories – but, much like the way our penguin friends feed greater horrors, “From Beyond” is an exploration of themes that would become more prominent in later (and better) stories. Your brief writing assignment is to relate some aspect of today’s reading to another Lovecraft story.
Remember, final projects are due tomorrow…
Task: Make your own Giant Albino Penguin
Alternate reading: From Beyond
Alternate task: 200 words or less on a theme from today’s reading that carried into Lovecraft’s later work