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Welcome to my bio. My name is Elizabeth, and I used to run the shop Bubbleberries on Etsy. I am a graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in political science, and I have dedicated my life to grassroots organizing and political advocacy on issues that matter like global warming, money in politics, and factory farming. I have always loved the performance arts and tactile arts like knitting, working with clay, silver enamel, etc. In my shop (Bubbleberries on Etsy) I sold knitted costume tails, professional photography prints, and other miscellaneous items such as jewlery and duct tape bags. I'm also a member of the POE Team (Photographers of Etsy). If you're wondering how I got started knitting tails, click "read more" to see my full bio!

The Bubbleberries on Etsy shop is currently closed, and I cannot promise it will return. The life of a grassroots organizer involves hard work and…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 29
  • Joined May 28, 2009

Favorite materials

Cameras, yarn, duct tape, beads, paper, wire, hot glue, Sculpey, buttons, knitting needles

About

Welcome to my bio. My name is Elizabeth, and I used to run the shop Bubbleberries on Etsy. I am a graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in political science, and I have dedicated my life to grassroots organizing and political advocacy on issues that matter like global warming, money in politics, and factory farming. I have always loved the performance arts and tactile arts like knitting, working with clay, silver enamel, etc. In my shop (Bubbleberries on Etsy) I sold knitted costume tails, professional photography prints, and other miscellaneous items such as jewlery and duct tape bags. I'm also a member of the POE Team (Photographers of Etsy). If you're wondering how I got started knitting tails, click "read more" to see my full bio!

The Bubbleberries on Etsy shop is currently closed, and I cannot promise it will return. The life of a grassroots organizer involves hard work and long hours, so I have not had time to run an Etsy shop on the side. If you are desperately in need of a tail, send me a message and I'll see what I can do!

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THE STORY BEHIND THE TAILS:

I first started knitting tails after seeing a tail that a friend of mine had made. It was simple and brown, and perfect for almost any animal costume. I asked her how to make it, and she laughed and said that she had no pattern-- it was easy! Just knit it and stuff it!

My friend and I used to joke that we would grow old together, buy houses next door to each other, and sit on the front porch knitting tails and watching our grandchildren run around with them. It was a very fun fantasy, but I certainly never expected our one-time project to go anywhere. Then one day I wore my tail around campus at college. My friends were intrigued, so I embarked on a mission to knit tails for each of them.

I soon developed my own method of tail-making, casting on 20-40 stitches, knitting to appropriate lengths, and rolling up what I had knitted so that it stuffed itself. I find that the weight and flexibility of the yarn cause the tail to swing in a truly delightful and realistic way, which is less possible when using stuffing. The friends that I made them for wore them around campus, and were surprised by how few people were brave enough to ask why they were wearing a tail. When I first started making tails I decided length base on where the tail came to when held against my arm. After I started selling my tails, I realized that perhaps a tape-measure was in order.

I have made matching mother and child tails, and my tails come in 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL) . I love to make custom items, so send me a message if there's a tail you want and don't see!

I'm always excited to try something new, but here are the types of tails I have made in the past:

Bear
Bird
Bunny
Cat/Kitten
Chipmunk
Devil
Dog
Dragon/Dinosaur
Eeyore
Generic Animal Tail
Horse
Lion
Monkey
Wild Animal
Wild Dog
Wolf
Zidane Tribal from Final Fantasy 2

You can see more of my work on my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/bubbleberries

Or you can take a look at my portfolio on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bubbleberries

And follow me on twitter to hear more about my grassroots work:

http://www.twitter.com/ehimeles

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