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April Special – Samplers Are Back!


For the entire month of April, you can once more purchase ready-made and framed cross stitch samplers. Once the calendar turns over to May 1st though, that’s them gone forever. So,  you know, you should really buy one now before it’s too late and you regret it forever.

What might happen is that you never get over the dismay, and live your life forever crestfallen. You won’t be able to focus on work, you’ll lose your job, your partner will get real tired of your shit and leave you, your health will suffer and basically, you’ll be found gnawed to death by squirrels in an underpass reeking of piss (both you and the underpass).

Anyway – click here to peruse my virtual sampler aisle.


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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