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11 Tricks to Stop You Comparing Creativity (And Why I Use Them All)

Be honest now. Comparing creativity is a trap that loads of us fall into. When I started sewing I compared my work to others so often that I was almost incapable of stitching. I became convinced that my work would never be as interesting, professional, functional or beautiful. Happily, that’s all changed and experience has […]

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Sewing with depression (16 practical tricks and tips)

Look, we’ve all read about how activities such as sewing ease depression, right? Well that’s all delightful apart from one shrieking klaxon of a problem: no one ever tells us how to sew when we actually have depression. In fact, telling us to cross stitch when we can barely wash is like telling Boris Johnson […]

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The 9 mental health secrets behind my business

If you’ve followed Kraken Kreations you’ll know I don’t have any big mental health secrets. I’m open about my PND, PTSD and pre-business breakdown. In fact, the Kraken Kreations community chats this stuff during my routine audits. Well it’s Mental Health Awareness Week from 14 – 20 May and I have several smaller mental health […]

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The case for sweary textile art (in 6 points)

If you’re a fan of Kraken Kreations you’ll know that I make sweary textile art. I first started swearing on brooches, then pieces like these balloons and finally embroidery hoops. You customers love it but I still get the odd question about why I include expletives in my work at all. Thing is, telling people […]

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How to transfer embroidery designs

Listen up, kraken lovers! In case you missed it on my Facebook page this week (what? WHY?), here’s my vlog about how I transfer my designs from paper onto fabric. I use the carbon paper method for my embroidery hoops and you can find out how this particular brand of witchcraft works in my little […]

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Eye eye

The barking thing about doing anatomical embroidery as a hobby is the effect it has on everyone who sees me do it. I often do it in public, usually in coffee shops, where I bash out an occipital belly of occipitofrontalis over an Americano (say THAT sentence after too many Babychams). It absorbs me beyond […]

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Show off

You know, as much as I adore working my sewing shed there are still moments when I lift my head from the cutting table and realise that I haven’t meaningfully left my house in several days. I will have shuttled back n forth between said house and said shed as well as done the odd […]

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