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Renegade Round Up



Phew, that was some weekend. I could have slept for a week after this weekend, it was fun, stressful, tiring and, importantly, successful! The picture above shows one of the quieter moments – it was packed for most of the weekend, so we were kept very busy. Definitely busier than last year.


I set off on Friday morning to the train station with all this. That suitcase weighed easily 30kg. I lugged it around by myself along with my 7kg banner and a big bag of metal stands. It’s fair to say I was puggled before I even got on the train! I had planned ahead and downloaded a bunch of TV shows to watch on iPlayer on my iPhone and had pre-booked a window seat so I’d have a plug point to recharge it – I’m SO clever sometimes.

I arrived in London later than planned and after a bit of will-I-make-it-or-not?, I dumped my luggage at my hotel and went off on my meat date with Kim and Adam, my stall mates for the weekend. I stayed at Club Quarters St Pauls, which is quite literally on the steps of the cathedral – it’s super handy and also pretty reasonably priced for London. I’d recommend it!






We went to Meat Market in Covent Garden – AMAZING burgers. Mine was so juicy I was pretty much just scooping up handfuls of it to shove in my maw. Delicious! After a swift half of strawberry beer at a nearby hostelry, it was back to my abode to iron tea towels and generally prepare for the market.


Here we are, all set up and ready to go! If you look closely, you’ll see a sneaky peek of our collaboration, too. I should have ironed that tablecloth, Jo would have killed me.

When we weren’t chatting to people, having our photos taken (I don’t think I got my photo taken that many times on my wedding day, never mind at a craft market!) or gleefully comparing notes on trade, we were eating some pretty amazing food.


Saturday’s lunch – salt beef bagel. I had this last year and have been thinking about it ever since. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten.


Sunday’s lunch – pad thai omelette. Cooked freshly. street-style,  in front of my very eyes downstairs in the Old Brewery. SO good.

The market was much better this year in terms of visitors and sales for me and I was really delighted with how it went. I spoke to so many lovely people, but I didn’t really get a chance to have a good look round at any of the other stalls, only a handful of them. There are definitely people I wanted to meet that I missed out on saying hello to – maybe next year! It was great to hang out with Kim and Adam though, and see one of my favourite craft compadres, Anna from Custom Made, and say hello to Kirsty Lovely Pigeon and, and, and…

I got the sleeper train back on Sunday morning (not as fun as expected) and then home for a quick change and off to work. Such a busy weekend but fun in a tiring sort of way. My workspace is in chaos now though…


Yeah, I should really tidy that up. Roll on next year!



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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