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Profile picture Karen Creftor

About me

Well hello there, and welcome to my blog!

 

Pleased to meet you- you've probably guessed by now my name is Karen, but don't worry I won't ask to see your manager! I design cross-stitch and Blackwork patterns, but I love a wide range of art and crafts, including: drawing, stitching, knitting and Kumihimo braiding. 

On this blog you will find a host of free patterns, ponderings, tutorials and latest news- all centered around my designs which are most often inspired by Nature, Knotwork, Mythology, Gothic and Whimsy.

 

I'm originally from SE London, England and now live with my partner of 26 years Tony and our 15 year old cat Lillybel in East Sussex.

I first got into crafting at a very young age due to health problems. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome- hypermobility type (hEDS), a genetic connective tissue disorder, which meant I grew up pretty isolated and being the days before the internet stole all our waking moments (Gen X'er here) I had to find ways to keep boredom at bay. I also recently discovered I'm Autistic (which explains a lot) and without realizing it crafts gave me a focus and something to calm my mind.

I was pretty much glued to pencil and paper- I carried them everywhere with me to draw, design, set myself maths questions and practice my handwriting. My mum taught me how to knit when I was five (she herself was taught by her aunt when she was 6), after she noticed me trying to copy her. She also taught me cross-stitch when I was around 7, but I got fed up with the designs out there so started to design my own with the help of Jo Verso's book Picture it in Cross-Stitch when I was 9.

 

I believe in the therapeutic benefits of creativity- especially for mental health and dealing with chronic pain. I believe strongly that everyone should have access to arts and crafts, hence why you will find a range of patterns and tutorials on this blog for free. More designs are also available as an instant download from my shop, with an occasional selection of handmade items for sale as well.

If you have anything you'd like to ask me, you can find me on Instagram or you can contact me directly through this site.
TTFN! xx

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