August 14, 2011


Biscornu  - stitched by Deb of Artistic Needle
Are you familiar with the term "biscornu"? It's pronounced bis • core' • noo, and it's a French word. It's an eight-sided little cushion that can be made into a pincushion, pin, or perhaps even a little sachet. (You know I love pincushions, right?)

I was first exposed to these little pretties when I happened along The Floss Box (in my "Favorites" on my sidebar here). Not only does Emily stitch them, but she also offers patterns - either free or for a small fee. (They're worth it!) Emily designs the patterns for cross stitch or embroidery, so anyone can make them! I've even seen them on other sites made from wool fabric and they're beautiful.
Sampler Biscornu - stitched by Deb of Artistic Needle

After doing a little online research, I came across these beautiful examples, stitched by Deb of The Artistic Needle. You also know I love samplers right? This one is my favorite!!!

I'm going to have to try my hand at making these. They can be as large or small as I choose, so I can make them into nearly anything my heart desires. Wouldn't they be beautiful gifts?

If you're interested in learning more about these fascinating little gems, (here) has a fabulous tutorial. I'm sure by the end of this week, I'll have at least one to share with you!

I hope you have something new and creative to do this week. If so, I'd love it if you'd share it with me!


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Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Donna, that biscornu work is really lovely. I am in the middle of some stitcheries right now, one I have just finished is hens/henhouse/eggs for sale/ sign, etc for a swap I am involved in. The other is a stitchery just for me, but perhaps later I might use it as part of a gift. There is an Aussie designer called Bronwyn Hayes- you can google her - red brolly blog she has some free stitchery patterns as well as some beautiful and unusual patterns she sells. Have a good day, pats to Kes and Tag, your friend, Sandy. :)

Claudia said...

I have never heard of this beautiful work - thanks for educating me! I'm going to go check these out!


MosaicMagpie said...

Thank you for educating us! I visited the Violarium link and it is a great tutorial they have there. How interesting these are. I will try to make one and send you a photo.

Chris said...


Aren't these wonderful? I have seen large lap sized ones for hand sewing. You might have coaxed me to try piecing one.

Createology said...

These are stunning and look so complicated until I viewed the Volarium tutorial. How two squares of fabric can become so interestingly shaped is amazing. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to yours I know you will make. Wonderful week to you dear...

Patty C. said...

I have made some of these - Beautiful work by Deb ;)!!

Minimiss said...

I love them. Have made a couple myself. Watch this space.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

You know I'm terrible at pronouncing things. You should have heard how I've been saying that word! hee,hee,hee.
Can't wait to see what you do!
xx, shell

Karen said...

A few years ago (which seems like last week) an internet friend showed these to me, and I just had to make one right away! i did, and was surprised at easy they were to make. If you are VERY exact in your counting, it will be a breeze, otherwise it will be a nightmare. They are fun to make. The other day I saw some made with fabric squares instead of cross-stitch. Cute as well, but I like the stitched ones better. :) I hope you make one!


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