The Stitching Shrink

Crafting and decreasing mental health stigma since 2009. I am a clinical social worker by day and

Be sure to "Like" this page and find me on Instagram @stitchingshrink!


Today is a historical day for su***de prevention and mental health in the U.S.! The National Su***de Prevention Lifeline, now known as the 988 Su***de & Crisis Lifeline, can be more easily reached by calling or texting 988, or chatting on

988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the U.S., you can easily access 24/7 emotional support. You do not have to be suicidal to reach out. Our trained crisis counselors can help you through whatever mental health challenges you are experiencing.

We're so grateful to SAMHSA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Communications Commission, and our other su***de prevention and mental health partners in the field for working together to get us here, and we look forward to growing and expanding our services and supports in the years to come.

The Stitching Shrink updated their information in their About section. 07/15/2022

The Stitching Shrink updated their information in their About section.

The Stitching Shrink updated their information in their About section.


Hey there! the etsy shop is on indefinite vacation mode.

Take it easy out there, y'all.

Check my in the bio to see what I'm actually up to.

Photos from The Stitching Shrink's post 01/05/2022

If anyone can tell me why vintage sleeves are so short, I'd love the trivia! πŸ§₯

This was my grandmother's corduroy jacket that I've not been able to enjoy for the past decade because the sleeves expose my wrists.

Several years ago, Ryan and I converted his red corduroy pants (see #4) into shorts, so I used the scraps to make two 2 inch panels to add to the sleeves after detaching the stretchy knit wrist piece. I preserved the inner stuffing and carefully hand- and machine-stitched it back together yesterday.


Take these slow, quiet winter days to focus on the quiet tide of mending, gathering, and resting.


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It's that time of year again!

20% off ANY ITEM though the end of the month and FREE LOCAL PICKUP for the Pensacola area!


Consider this your one month notice! Let us help stitch together a great holiday season with patterns, pre-stitched, and vintage items!


New items in the etsy shop! Perfect for you if you're wanting to whip up a special holiday gift or give them as stocking stuffers to your crafting bestie!

Order by December 5th for guaranteed holiday shipping!


Depending on how you know me, you may remember a fresh-faced 20something who picked up the uke and never become proficient.

I crocheted a strap this week in hopes of making time to be imperfect.



Made a cute Nature Bag for a toddler friend! The yellow is from the dress I wore when we got engaged 9 years ago this week!

Photos from The Stitching Shrink's post 06/01/2021

Yesterday's projects:

1. Business card carrier from faux leather boots that started falling apart

2. Reverse tie-dye with bleach (my first time!)

3. Mending kitchen towels

What did you do this weekend?

Btw I'm a Postpartum Support International Support Coordinator for NW Florida β™‘


Embracing this weird mending not-pattern with the only embroidery thread that was in my mending kit. This was my first canvas tote from about 2005.


Happy Mother's Day!

Hope you found time for you today 🧡


My most recent imperfect

I've had these shoes for about 4 years and want to keep them usable for as long as possible. Some bare spots and gross stains were replaced by weaving and avant garde flowers!

Photos from The Stitching Shrink's post 04/11/2021

Seeing what something could become then making it happen is so gratifying!

Found this beach coverup while thrifting and knew its awkward shape could be remade for my body.


🧡 Gave a much-needed refresh with to this cardigan that I've had for about a decade!

Inspiration to finally make these numerous holes and haphazard stitching unique from Nina Nightingale, Silhouette Portrait Artist 's most recent episode of Charm School on Atlas Obscura

mending > landfills

Photos from The Stitching Shrink's post 01/20/2021

Pleased with my alterations to this one of a kind handmade item from SaturnCollection!


Now that I'm back crocheting again (knitting is no-go, as well as heavy weight yarn), I whipped up this delightfully obnoxious granny square hat to round out 2020.

What's your favorite thing you made for yourself this year?

Meet Woebot! 12/08/2020

Meet Woebot!

Feeling like you need extra support but:
● don't want to feel like a burden to anyone
● don't have the option of therapy (time, funds, flexibility)
● think your struggles "aren't that bad"

There are FREE chatbots that have been studied and show great potential to help! My favorite is Woebot. Feels like a really supportive friend who texts you right when you need it. Lemme know if you try it!

Meet Woebot! Woebot is ready to listen, 24/7. No couches, no meds, no childhood stuff. Just strategies to improve your mood. And the occasional dorky joke.


Today is !

I want to give a shout out to the amazing artist and musician who made this pouch that I use for my crochet hooks: Whitethorn Studio

Also, here is the second hat I've made for my toddler this month using faux knit stitch!

Don't forget, to get 10% off of any order in my Etsy Shop, use the code LOCAL


This year, as much of holiday shopping is happening online, please try to and !

The code LOCAL will save you 10% off any physical or digital item in my shop through the next week!


My hands came out of crochet-retirement last week to make a hat for my fave toddler.

I won't be making more physical items for my shop anytime soon, but there are still some great physical and digital items in my etsy at !


Take care of yourselves! You may have EAP coverage through your insurance. Also, check out if your local Federally Qualified Health Center for sliding scale services β™‘

Why is access to therapy so expensive and near impossible. In many countries in the Middle East it’s near impossible to even have a therapist not only because of stigma but also because there are so limited number of doctors available. Access to mental health support and doctors should be a universal right. -Hawzhin


This bears repeating right now. The layers are many. Thanks to the insightful and talented for the use of their art.

The 'Emotion Chart' My Therapist Gave Me That I Didn't Know I Needed 05/04/2020

The 'Emotion Chart' My Therapist Gave Me That I Didn't Know I Needed

The 'Emotion Chart' My Therapist Gave Me That I Didn't Know I Needed "I hope it's a tool that can help you too."

Timeline photos 04/23/2020

Mailed off this cross-stitch kit to a this afternoon!

Stay safe out there!



Timeline photos 04/04/2020

Timeline photos

Are you okay?

Seriously, this is something I really, really, REALLY want to talk to you about. Please tell me.

It's okay if the answer is yes and it's okay if the answer is no, but I feel like we need the conversation.

I was reading a piece in that talks about the psychological impact of quarantine, and I think it also relates to distancing and isolation.

This experience can lead to issues like trauma, confusion, anger, dread, anxiety, depression.

And this part was really interesting.

"Psychological health in times of crisis is like a wrestling magic."

That's exactly how I've felt lately. Like I'm constantly wrestling with the way my mind is feeling & my body is feeling. What I want to do and what I feel like I should do don't add up. Nothing ever seems to quite be enough, even though I'm the only person in the ring. I'm wrestling somehow.

The article says "The situation throws stressors at you. The question is whether your coping mechanisms are strong enough to overcome them."

I've been talking on my stories about coping mechanisms, and yesterday's was talking to people you trust.

You are my people, and I hope I'm one of yours. So let's talk.

πŸ’œAre you okay? How are you coping? What support do you need?πŸ’œ

Timeline photos 03/23/2020

Times are weird, but the little things are nice. Like seeing your toddler play with you made for them a year ago β™‘

Photos from The Stitching Shrink's post 03/01/2020

I made all this!


Timeline photos 02/10/2020

One year makes such a difference!

This past week, I used my my shrink side to start the Emerald Coast Perinatal Collective, a project to link agencies/groups together to improve the care of women like me. β™‘

Today I hosted my first Stitch 'N Brunch in quite some time. It was so nice to pick up crocheting again with some pre-baby friends 😁πŸ₯žβ˜•

Timeline photos 02/03/2020

Creating a new way for me to use my shrink title!

A theme I have come to recognize in my personal and professional life is making things that fill holes in the community. Details coming soon!

Photos from The Stitching Shrink's post 01/20/2020

Guess who's got a toddler getting ready for !

How To Prepare For Your First Therapy Session β€” My Wellbeing 12/29/2019

How To Prepare For Your First Therapy Session β€” My Wellbeing

This shrink recommends therapy in the new year!

How To Prepare For Your First Therapy Session β€” My Wellbeing Here are 3 Tips on how to prepare for your first session with your therapist, with guest writer and NYC therapist, Julia Colangelo, LCSW.

Timeline photos 11/30/2019

Now that you've likely eaten your fill of delicious foods, consider being a patron of small businesses for , even if it's not mine!

Check out my Etsy shop for physical and digital products to meet all your fiber arts needs!

Timeline photos 11/22/2019

The holidays are upon us! December 10th is the last recommended day for guaranteed holiday shipping

Photos from The Stitching Shrink's post 11/19/2019

Tis the season to post about ! If you're looking for digital or physical items, click the link in the bio. 🎁

Timeline photos 11/18/2019

Support small business!


Timeline photos 11/08/2019

Reposted image from .

As the holidays are coming up, please consider shopping from your small local businesses!

Even though I'm indefinitely unable to stitch these days due to ongoing pain from De Quervain's, there are still many items in my shop! This little momma definitely does a little jig then figures out the best time to load the baby into the car to head to the post office. 🀱

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Our Story

Crafting and decreasing mental health stigma since 2009.

Hi, I'm the Stitching Shrink! I have been crafting for most of my life and my etsy shop has existed in a few other forms. I recently created and sold items at a local art sale and felt refreshed and no longer like an imposter. I am a clinical social worker by day and a stitcher... all the rest of the time. I create using cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting and crochet with a few curses here and there. My personal favorites have come from my recent discovery of amigurumi. Keep an eye out for more physical products in this shop alongside the constant array of cross-stitch patterns.

Be sure to "Like" this page and find my store on etsy and Instagram!

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