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For every hand-embroidered creation, I use my trusty 'Kantan needle'. Its an ancient form of embroidery using a handheld needle with a moving 'arm'. Weirdly, I use my Kantan needle in the totally opposite way to which you're meant to - I come up to the fabric from below, rather than pushing the needle head into the fabric from above. I taught myself how to embroider using the needle, so I should be forgiven haha! The Kantan needle requires a huge amount of respect, as one wrong move can cause the sharp end to pierce through a weak point in the fabric, tearing a hole (I'd rather not talk about all of the almost-finished pieces that I've punctured, gulp!). Every stitch requires precision, following my fabric pen lines, and continuous tension in the thread (you can see this in the lovely pic below).