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Archive for September 2006

June’s biscornu.

June's biscornu.
It’s tiny so I shot it on my palm for scale.

June's biscornu side view.

It’s a bad, bad thing when you’re 8 months pregnant and your body is crying out for sleep and you’re sitting up at 4am making a biscornu! Here’s my second, made for June, who wants to put a pin on the back of it and wear it as a brooch. 36×36 stitches on 16-count mulberry Aida and platinum (or is it pewter?) floss. It needs a button and the pin, but otherwise I’m very very happy with it. I showed it to Emily and she wants one too!

Written by Jean

September 29, 2006 at 9:10 am

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My first biscornu.

I got bitten by the biscornu bug after seeing so many examples of pretty ones being done by stitchers on the Livejournal cross-stitch community. Basically, a biscornu is a little pincushion with eight sides, made by stitching two square pieces of fabric together. One of the members very kindly translated instructions from French to English and posted them up, and I decided to put aside my Christmas stocking WIP and try my hand at making one. Here’s the finished product:

With button
Moroccan biscornu

Other photos here.

It’s a first try and far from perfect, but it was fun enough to make that I’ll be stitching up more of them to be sure. I’ve learned a few lessons though; namely, make sure you don’t run out of floss halfway through, make sure that the two fabric squares are exactly the same size and don’t do this when you’re sleepy. I finished at 3am this morning and the result is a biscornu with an awkward fold on one corner because I had three or four extra squares that should have been stitched up earlier. Oh well, stitch and learn.

Written by Jean

September 28, 2006 at 10:28 am

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