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How to commission a handmade item

So do you know how to commission a handmade item from a crafter or artist? I only ask because, before I started Kraken Kreations, commissioning a tote or a cushion cover was an utter mystery to me, like atom splitting or the popularity of David Walliams.  For some reason the ‘C’ word made me picture […]

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Tutorial: Your capsule sewing kit

Yes, yes, I know, I know, THIS should have been my first ever tutorial but better late than… yada yada… Anyway, it’s here now and it’ll be handy for all of you who wander into a haberdashery and become so utterly confused that you have to be led from it, by the hand, before being […]

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Tutorial: 3 killer seams

Erk! It’s another tutorial and this time it’s about seams, three of them to be exact. Put simply, they’re where different pieces of fabric join together, whether it’s with machine sewing or hand stitching (backstitch is best for this). Yeah, I’m spelling it out but this is all about making sewing accessible so stick with […]

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The Kraken Makes: October

In response to a small public outrage in September (not mine, for once) here are a few articles to accompany my latest mag cover. Gird yourselves… Orangey bit When Mavis Nutbucket woke one morning to find she could see nothing but orange she rushed to A&E for treatment. However, she discovered that far from suffering […]