A biscornu (bee-ss-corn-uh) is a small, 8-sided, stuffed ornamental pincushion, usually made out of Aida cloth or linen. Embroidery or cross-stitch is used to decorate the top and bottom, and beads or tassels are often used to embellish it.
I discovered them in a blog post on line about a year ago. Can't remember where of course. Then my friend Jan showed us how to make one back mid-year at Buttons, the craft group that meets in my church on Wednesday mornings. This is what I made. Sorry, can't tell you the thread used as I borrowed the spool from Jan. It is a gorgeous iridescent blue rayon machine embroidery thread.
|Base & sides|
I am now officially hooked. I have always enjoyed embroidery, and this is so dainty and pretty. Since the first biscornu, I have made 2 more, one of which I can't show you as it is secret sewing and I know that the friend who is getting it reads my blog sometimes.
This one is a free pattern from Rainburst Embroidery. The pattern has two designs in the one document, and this is the first of them. I chose not to put a bead in the top of this one. Embroidery on even weave linen using a variegated machine embroidery thread - Wonderfil Accent 12wt ACM-36
This one caused me some grief. The linen I used was very soft and draped, so there was no body to it. I found it hard to work with, and it would have been better had I used a hoop, but as the fabric was an off cut of a previous cross stitch, it wasn't large enough to put in my hoop. The thread I used was perhaps not the perfect option either, even though it is an absolutely gorgeous thread. Being variegated, the lighter yellows don't show up well on the grey fabric. Oh well, lesson learnt.
This is the second pattern from Rainburst Embroidery, and is the one on which I am currently working. It is on cream even weave (again an off cut) and I have used a DMC rayon embroidery floss No. 30501. I have completed the top.
And need to finish the back. I am planning a simplified version of the design used on the top, and will only be doing the corner motifs.
I plan to do some beading on the top only, and put a bead in the centre of this biscornu. I will post a photo of the finished biscornu when its done.
I also wanted to give a shout out to my lovely email followers. Thank you for your support!!! I rarely if ever get a comment from you, and so I never get to have a chat. Every so often someone says to me "I saw that on your blog". I heard that comment just a few days ago. Got any idea what a kick that gives me to know that you take the time to read my ramblings?? So thank you.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.