Claire Brown
I'm Claire Brown and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I founded The Bellwether (formerly known as Miso Funky) in 2005 - we make cross stitch homewares with a very modern twist as well as designing and producing kits and patterns. When I'm not cross-stitching, I write about craft and indie business, as well as being co-founder of the UK's most popular kawaii blog, Super Cute Kawaii. I also work as a production manager with a television company. I don't get much sleep.
  • Crafts & DIY
    How to Make a Wooden Cross-Stitch Christmas OrnamentCdw400
    Are you feeling festive yet? I don't mind admitting that I put my Christmas tree up quite some time ago, but there's always room for one more bauble! Stitch up an easy cross-stitch ornament for your tree with this quick and simple tutorial.Read More…
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    How to Make a Quick and Simple Cross-Stitch Christmas Card400px ccredstarcloseup
    Yay, it's almost Christmas! I just love this time of year, and writing my Christmas cards to friends is one of my very favourite things about the season - I'm a stationery nerd. Whip up an easy Scandinavian-style card for your friends with this quick and simple cross-stitch card tutorial.Read More…
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    How to Make a Cross-Stitch Card for Thanksgiving400px thanksgiving cross stitch
    Phew, hasn't this year flown by? How it can be November again already? That means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Send your loved ones a sweet-as-(pumpkin)-pie Thanksgiving message with this quick and simple cross-stitch card tutorial.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Make A Vintage Bobbin Place Card Holder400px bobbin place holders
    If you're looking for a quick project to liven up your table settings, it doesn't get much easier than these vintage thread bobbin place holders. Perfect for a vintage-themed (or crafty) wedding, this project is easy to do with fast results!Read More…
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    May the Fourth Be With You! Make A Star Wars Cross Stitch SamplerPreview400
    "Always two, there are. No more, no less. Master ... and apprentice," as a wise Jedi master once said. With this cross stitch tutorial, you will learn how to stitch up a sampler with a classic sci-fi theme. Don't be scared. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. In a few easy steps, you'll go from cross stitch Padawan to Jedi Knight.Read More…
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    Cross Stitch Fundamentals: Getting to Know Your MaterialsRetina cross stitch preview
    Cross stitch can seem quite daunting if you're new to the game. Even if you've got a few projects under your belt, it can be confusing knowing what you need to start your own projects once you've tried of all those geese in bonnet kits at your local craft store. There's a little bit of jargon to be busted so in this tutorial you'll learn exactly what materials you need to go it alone and get stitching.Read More…
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    Make A Kawaii Burger Cross Stitch PictureKawaiiburgerretina
    If you love the fanciful and poptastic world of illustrator/designer Mary Winkler (aka Acrylicana), you'll love the tasty treat we're serving up in this crafty tutorial. You'll learn how to take the chart that Mary created of her super-kawaii burger illustration over on Vectortuts+ and transform it into a super-kawaii cross-stitch picture. Read on for the how-to.Read More…
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    Five Quick Crafts You Didn't Know You Could Make With Washi TapeWashi tape preview
    Washi tape is a wonderful thing. As with most cute super-products, it originated in Japan and is essentially masking tape (but much nicer than the plain old beige variety). Made from self-adhesive paper, it comes on a roll in a zillion different colours, patterns and a variety of widths - just like ordinary sticky tape.Read More…
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    Stitch Your Own Tetris iPhone CasePreview
    Geek chic and cross stitch are a match made in heaven. All those tiny pixels are basically just stitches waiting to happen, so retro gaming cross stitch is simple to do. Settle yourself down and in a few short hours, you'll have whipped yourself up a Tetris iPhone case that will be the envy of all your geeky friends. Don't worry if you've never cross stitched before - I'll let you into a trade secret - it's really easy. If you can count and have basic motor skills, then cross stitch is for you!Read More…