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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: 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 […]

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The Kraken Makes: May!

Measure up! Want made-to-measure clothes? Well, once you’ve accurately taken your measurements there’ll be no stopping you! First, understand that for an unfathomable reason the measurements on a pattern envelope have as much relevance to actual dress sizes as Jeremy Clarkson does to post-80s fashion. With that in mind, take a measuring tape and record […]