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Not dead

I’ve been so bad at keeping up to date. In my defence, I have been blogging more over at Miso Funky and Super Cute Kawaii regularly though.

As is my usual refrain, I’ve been busy. The usually dead spring/summer months have been a bit busier than usual, business wise. Amongst other things, I’ve been making up loads of tapestry kits for Liberty if London (ooh la la!) and making lots of stuff for a MF window display at Red Door Gallery in Edinburgh. When I first started out crafting, my ambition was to get something stocked in Red Door. And now I’ve got their entire shopfront dedicated to my work. To say I am chuffed is an understatement!

I also discovered last week that Delia, the actual Delia Smith, has one of my What Would Delia Do? samplers hanging in her house! Apparently she loves it. Her niece gave it to her-again, me = amazed. SO cool.

Apart from that subtitling and stuff. Learning to drive – so expensive but looking forwards to the freedom it brings. Get ready for road trips! And my best friend just got engaged, so I’m thinking of ways to convince her to get married in the crystal dome by Richard O’Brien.

More soon. Honest.



I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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