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I mentioned Craft Seller magazine in a recent post and I realised thought I meant to write about this a while ago, I never got round to it. I became aware of it through a friend, Katy, who had mentioned it on her blog.  Go on and give that post a read, and you’ll get a good idea of what’s in the magazine.

As I said in my comment on Katy’s post, the idea of this magazine horrifies me. Having a magazine give you patterns of stuff to make to sell, tell you how and where to sell it makes me sad for the people who have genuine talent and ideas and work so hard to get their work out there. I’m all for people to be encouraged to be creative, don’t get me wrong, but I believe that encouraging people to make a quick buck in this way is fundamentally wrong.

This hasn’t taken up too much of my brain cells of late (I’ve had other things to think about) but when I started to think about it again, I did some research and found I am not alone in this standpoint. And even more worryingly, it seems that the fears Katy touched on around copyright are being borne out. The first thing I saw when I started researching it was this post by a well-known name, Cupcakes For Clara.

And then I found this post where people have already voiced the same concerns as me. And then this one.  And this one from someone who’d read it and was really annoyed about the content, too. I could go on but I’m sure you can use Google for yourself.

If you need a magazine to tell you what to make, how to make it and then how to sell it, you are doing it wrong. What I love about the indie craft community is seeing someone take their idea and put it into practice and making a unique piece of work. This magazine goes COMPLETELY against that and only serves to fuel the overcrowding of the marketplace by essentially creating a production line in living rooms across Britain knocking out identical products (of dubious copyright status) being sold for rock-bottom prices and undercutting the pros.

Have you read it? Have I got this all wrong? I’d love to be wrong about this.



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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