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Free Beyonce


I used to sell this chart and a kit of the same which were both fairly popular, but as I am an international threat of the sort global megastars lose sleep over, Beyonce made me stop selling it. Someone at Beyonce Towers Rang The Alarm. It was probably really damaging her empire, to be fair, I can see why she was so peeved about it. You might say she was Crazy In… No, that’s not working.

Rather then Work It Out with me, she made it clear she was thinking only of Me, Myself and I and now thinks I am a Naughty Girl. I’m Sorry, Bey. XO.

Anyway, that means you can now have it for free. I know, much like Queen Bey, I, too, am a humanitarian. I’m also Flawless, a Survivor. And an Independent Woman (Part II).

Download your free Liberte Egalitie Beyonce Cross Stitch Chart here.

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Punch Today Hard In The Face – Free Chart!


I’ve been working on some more free cross stitch charts but ran out of one thread colour which has stopped me from finishing them off. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to get your hands on thread online during a global pandemic, but it’s proved more difficult than I expected.

Anyway, meantime, please have this Punch Today Cross Stitch Chart By Claire Brown XStitch free of charge until I get my shit together. You can download it for free right here.

Or if you prefer to sling a few pennies my way to support my work and keep me in thread, you can buy it with real money here.

And if you’re wondering how to get started stitching, download the Claire Brown XStitch Guide To Modern Cross Stitch.

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Cincinnati Union Terminal

I finished this piece before Christmas and packed it in my bag to take to Cincinnati to photograph in situ. I failed to do that because I was too busy having a great time. SORREEEEEE.

I’m considering making this available as a cross stitch chart. When I say considering, I mean it’s been in my brain for months and I’ve done fuck all about it yet. Plus ca change.

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Gangsta’s Paradise


I recently stitched this up for a Christmas gift for my pal, Jo. It took twice as long as you’d think because when I was about 3/4 of the way through, I realised I’d gone wrong in the border and had to unpick the whole fucking thing and start again. Still, it turned out well and she loved it.

If you’d like to make one, you’ll find the pattern for this and lots of other cool stuff, here.

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Only Judy Can Judge Me

Upon doing some end of year admin, I realised I’d neglected my blog for some months. I’ve been very busy. It’s nice to have a look back and see what I’ve been up to.

Back in September, I finally gifted this cushion that I’d spent months stitching up on and off for my very good friend, Lindsay. She loved it, I’m pleased to say.


Chart by the awesome Nuclear Art.

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New Christmas Cross Stitch Kits


These new Christmas cross stitch decoration kits are now in stock – hooray! They’re super simple and quick to make and available in gin or tea flavours.


Each kit contains both charts, and everything you need to make a decoration, including one frame. You can buy extra frames too if you want to make more. Or just the frames alone if you have your own ideas.

Posted in Living

Make Tea Not War & Other Stories


I recently started up a new Instagram account to list all my extra supplies, books, vintage stash and seconds on, don’t you know. You’ll find that account here – I’m @thebellwetherer. My main @tinyotterpaws account is still the place to go for dog photos, pictures of my dinner and day-to-day behind the Bellwether scenes snaps.

19859528316_19a1935911_bAlso on my de-stash Insta is a collection of vintage Japanese pennants I’ve been hoarding. My office needs organising, so they’ve gotta go! Have a rummage through!

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A Very Special Surprise

At the end of last year, I was super-thrilled to work with my transatlantic cross stitch counterpart, the wonderful Julie Jackson of Subversive Cross Stitch on a very special commission.


Julie tells it better than me, so you should read the story behind it here. It was a really cool collaboration and I’m pleased to say that the commissioner and the recipient were bloody delighted with it. Yay!