Mental Health Monsters Week! The Cephalopod of Self Loathing Cute Octopus Cross Stitch Pattern to Download for Free

Sad Octopus Monster Cross Stitch Pattern for Mental Health Day.

The Cephalopod of Self Loathing Cute Octopus Cross Stitch Patter to Download for Free

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A week of cross stitch mental health monsters to celebrate World Mental Health Day on October 10th!


It's Mental Health Monsters Week! A whole week of free cross stitch designs to raise awareness of mental health around the world! I have never been shy about the fact that I have a chronic mental health problem with both depression and anxiety. Cross stitch was one of the things that really helped me during recovery from a really bad depressive episode. I have a complicated relationship with my brain. There are lots of monsters living up there that I have to wrangle and manage and have really awkward conversations with. Sometimes they even try to kill me.

Visualising some of my mental health issues as cute monsters that I can have a dialog with (and tell to shut up and fuck off) is a helpful tactic for me. These aren't aspects of my personality. They are separate from me and sometimes come to visit and make my life difficult. Learning to recognise them was hard and I have learned to deal with them when they pop up now and again.

Mental health awareness is an important cause and close to my heart. So many people suffer in silence because for some reason, what goes on in the brain that is attached to the rest of our body, is something to be more ashamed of than other diseases and disorders.

One in four people will have some sort of mental health issue at least once in their lives. Talk about your monsters. Get help. There are people out there who feel like you feel and can help you get better. You are not alone.

Today the free monster cross stitch pattern is the Cephalopod of Self Loathing. Sure she looks cute and squishy but in reality she will totally destroy you with those tentacles. This has to be one of my worst monsters that comes to visit. She wants me to hate myself. Tells me I am a terrible person. Tells me I am ugly, fat, and stupid and will fail at everything so why bother trying. Those squishy arms covered in suckers are really good at hanging on to things. Hanging on to things for YEARS. Things I said or did that other people forgot in five seconds will haunt me literally decades later. It's not that she hates me. She just thinks that I should hate myself and loves to tell me why. Constantly.

This is most often the monster I am referring to when I say to people that my brain is trying to kill me. I have gotten better at evading those squishy long arms over the years but those suckers make it really difficult to get rid of her once she's in there. So I do things that let me ignore her. Things like cross stitch or drawing or pottery. I also literally run to get away from her. If you don't listen to her she eventually gets bored and goes away!

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The Cephalopod of Self Loathing Cute Octopus Cross Stitch Patter to Download for Free

October Patreon Exclusive!

To celebrate  last week's spooky free cross stitch is this Patreon exclusive cross stitch design of an anatomical heart on a Ouija board planchette. This design is an exclusive download for Patreon subscribers and it only costs $2 per month for three awesome cross stitch designs per month. These are big multi-page cross stitch patterns that come as PDF downloads.

Anatomical Heart Cross Stitch Pattern

anatomical heart cross stitch pattern to download

September Patreon Cross Stitch Designs to Download


If you are a Patreon subscriber (only $2 per month for three unique and exclusive cross stitch patterns per month) all the September designs are available to download at Patreon. 

Vegetable Sampler Cross Stitch Pattern

To celebrate the fall and a bountiful harvest, Patreon Patrons can download this sampler chock full of veggies! If you would like to have this cross stitch pattern, it's only $2 per month for three exclusive designs per month plus other digital goodies. Scroll down to find the subscription link.

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Coffee Cross Stitch Design

To celebrate coffee week, Happy Friend Patreons can download this pop art inspired coffee sampler right now! If you would like to have this cross stitch pattern, it's only $2 per month for three exclusive designs per month plus other digital goodies. Scroll down to find the subscription link.

Coffee Week! Basic Black Coffee Theme Cross Stitch Design Free to Download
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Galaxy Globe Cross Stitch Design!

At the beginning of September we spent some time in outer-space! And Patreon subscribers were able to download this great exclusive cross stitch design.

galaxy globe cross stitch design
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August Patreon Bonus Cross Stitch Designs Still Available. Click here to see all of the August Cross Stitch Designs.


Missed the last free cross stitch design? It was a cute Purple Dread monster cross stitch pattern

cute Purple Dread monster cross stitch pattern

Make sure you check back tomorrow for the next free monster cross stitch pattern. The Warm and Fuzzy RAGE Monster.

he next free monster cross stitch pattern. The Warm and Fuzzy RAGE Monster.


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