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Modern Proverbs – A Study In Cushions


I promised you a special one-off collection before I shut up shop and look-it here, it’s landed!

The Modern Proverbs cushion collection is inspired by this hilarious take on Dunelm Mill products that was on The Poke. A funny man named Phil dreamt them up.So, after I stitched up my sides, I decided to stitch up some of my own versions.

There are six designs in total:

Each is a little piece of humour for your sofa and is handmade for your delight.And they’re one-off pieces, so I won’t be making any more of them. So, yeah, buy them now, please.

Ready, steady, go! Here they are.


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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