Comments, Questions, Contact

FRIENDS: I hope you enjoyed this website. I would love to hear from you. If you have a question, or if you have a story to tell, leave a comment here. For the benefit of all, I usually respond here. Or, you can send an email to me: stepdancesue at gmail dot com. Find The Crankie Factory on Facebook and You Tube. I post a lot of crankie things on INSTAGRAM SueTruman1015. And by all means MAKE A CRANKIE! Thank you!
Written by Sue Truman on Dec. 29, 2014
Debie, Hello! Thank you for the compliment! Of course, you are welcome to use any of the pictures of my (Sue Truman's) crankies or any of the videos of my crankies on the Crankie Factory's You Tube channel. I will send an email to you as well. Cheers!
Written by debbie from on Dec. 29, 2014
Hi Sue,
I wanted to find out if I could use one of the photos on the website to illustrate what a crankie is?
Thanks for providing such a fabulous resource!
Written by sue truman on Sep. 23, 2014
Jennifer, would love to work with you on this music video Project. I will send you an email. Mine is stepdancesue at gmail dot com. Look forward to sleeping to you!
Written by Jennifer on Sep. 23, 2014
Sue Truman, do you have an email where I could reach you??
I have a request.
email me at
I am a fan of your work!

Written by Sue Truman on May. 29, 2014
Doug, Hello! Yes, I remember you, it took a minute because it's been awhile since Michael was in El. school. He's 23 now, out of the house and working as a Pharmacy Tech. He really likes it. Yes, I would be delighted to visit Meridian School (one of the best) with my crankies. I will call you tomorrow!
Written by Doug Coppinger on May. 27, 2014
Hi Sue or Seattle Crankies,

This Doug Coppinger from The Meridian School (still there!). I would like to talk with you about these wonderful moving panoramas and possibly coming to our Summer Program to present to our young participants about this art. My phone number is 206.632.7154.
Hope to hear from you!

Written by Dennis on Jan. 17, 2014
Do you have any suggestions for how to keep the scroll moving on a level tract? Mine keeps going up a bit I think the two spools are pretty much straight up and down.
Written by Sue Truman on Dec. 16, 2013
Dennis - That' great that you made your first crankie and a bummer about the white out. This reminds me of my first crankie, I didn't realize that wool felt (VS Eco Fi felt) blocked out the light. So when I had the crankie half finished I loaded it into the box, turned on the light and all the wool/felt images turned out black - not what I had in mind. Not sure what to suggest to you (very fine sand paper??) but don't get discouraged and I hope we will see your crankie. Send a picture or video si=ometime. Sue
Written by Dennis on Dec. 15, 2013
Just finished my first crankie. Have one big problem, and hoping you might have some solution---- if one exists. Some drawings needed corrections so I used wite-out. Looks fine on the face of the paper. But when I back-lit it, they come out as big, dark blotches. Can't think of anything to do but re-draw a whole lot of pictures.
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 10, 2013
Barbara, That is a great question - where to start? I started by cutting out felt pieces of really simple, outdoor images: pine trees, mountains, sunrise, summer and fall. Just to get a feel for the process. That was Valse Beauliu, it's in the "Watch a Crankie" section of this website. My second crankie, I expanded to all four seasons! WOOHOO! Again, no story line, just getting a feel for thinking laterally. CRANKIE ARTISTS: CAN YOU SHARE HOW YOU GOT STARTED??
Written by Barbara Nickerson on Nov. 9, 2013
Hi Sue, I have not made a cranky yet, but will enjoy giving it a try. I have been making my way through your website and see lots of ideas and your materials list. Do you have a suggestion for how to get started with a simple one? Thanks so much. Barbara
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 8, 2013
Barbara, thank you for your message. You won't be disappointed with the "Illusions in Motion" book, there is so much information in it, that it takes a while to digest it all. I go back to it every few months are read sections over again. Have you ever made a crankie/moving panorama?
Written by Barbara Nickerson on Nov. 7, 2013
Thank you, Sue, for your comment on the Pilgrims Progress Website. I too love to learn what I can about panoramas, didn't know they are also called Crankies. I ordered the book "illusions in Motion". So glad I have found your website, will enjoy learning from you. Thanks, so much.
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 2, 2013
Thank you for sending your crankies to me! They are wonderful - keep them coming!
Written by Jessica C. White on Nov. 2, 2013
Hi there, thanks for such a great website! I also would like to share my first crankie -

Thanks and keep up the good work!