Mr X Stitch Presents: Beefranck’s Emporium – How To String A Sentence Together

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I’m Beefranck, Queen of Ironic Stitching and Editor-in-Chief at Mr X Stitch. I know a thing or two about cool stitchery and it’s my pleasure to share my finds with you. So let’s do it!


Hi everybody! This week I wanted to share the work of Lisa Bowen from How to String a Sentence Together. She describes her pieces in her own words:

Once upon a time, I found a copy of The Penguin Book of Cliches and I got to thinking about these curious little collections of words and their origins.

I began to notice that I have a habit of dropping cliches into every single conversation. I began to “collect” these cliches as they appeared naturally in conversation, then I started preserving them – labouring over each letter as I stitched, then I framed each phrase. Every day more and more cliches pop up, and if I don’t write them down immediately, they’re gone. It’s like i’m catching cliche-butterflies, and stitching them down before they get lost!*

We are so often told to “Avoid cliches like the plague”. Sometimes though, they are the only words that come to mind. For the verbally challenged of us, these words or phrases give us a voice and allow us to say – however clunkily – what we want to say.

I have become a proud user of these “hackneyed and trite expressions”. Maybe I need to add a dictionary to my bed-time reading, or maybe I don’t. Everybody has a personal favourite. What’s yours?

See more at the How to String a Sentence Together etsy store. You’ll be glad you did!

Beefranck is the Queen of Ironic Stitchery and the binding polymer that holds together the Emergency Pants podcast, the Stitching n Junk podcast and MrXStitch, the best contemporary embroidery and needlework blog around. If you really want to get to know her, she’s usually getting up to shenanigans on Tumblr.

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