August 17, 2011

My First Finished Biscornu...

It's finished. My very first biscornu...stitched in my own design. I used 28 ct. fabric, stitching over two threads. The design area is 34 stitches long by 34 stitches wide, and measures 2.42" square. (It rests in the palm of my hand.)
Whenever I try a technique for the first time, I always learn something. Now that it's finished, I've learned that:
  • smaller is more difficult to assemble than larger,
  • I should secure my corners in the exact center of the straight side prior to stitching them, to ensure they wind up in the right place,
  • next time I'll use an uneven number of stitches so I can find the exact center of the straight side to position my corners,
  • it would look tidier if I assembled the top and bottom pieces using a thread color that matches the fabric, 
  • I must be sure to stuff the corners more carefully so that they are more defined,
  • I'm definitely going to make more!
When I reviewed some of the other patterns available on the Internet, I found that many of them were at least 40 stitches square. A design that measures 49 stitches square would definitely be easier to assemble than my 34 stitch piece. Hence, my next biscornu will be larger. I'm going to have to be much happier with my assembly technique before I attempt to make smaller ones as lapel pins (which was my original plan!).

I have to share this one with you! Karen from Karen's Needlework emailed a photo of her biscornu to me. Isn't it gorgeous? I love it! Look how beautifully she made her join! I can see that I definitely need more practice. Thank you for sharing your work, Karen. Please be sure to visit her blog and tell her I sent you. She has lovely things over there!

If anyone else makes one, please send a photo and I'll be happy to share it (or send me a link to your blog and I'll send everyone over to have a look-see).


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Quiltin' Sandy said...

I think yours looks lovely, Donna. I have just come home from a Craft Fair and I went a little crazy- so I'm going off to check all my little goodies! LOL.

MosaicMagpie said...

Here you have finished yours and I have not started mine. Thanks for adding the helpful do's and dont's. I had thought of making one about 1 inch square, but that sounds from what you are saying, too small. Yours turned out great! The acorns look good on it.

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Donna,
This looks like a fun little project. I will have to check out some patterns, as I just organized my stash of floss. Thanks for the advice.

Make a thoughtful Thursday. ~Natalie

Sheila said...

Your biscornu looks very good for a first. Do did a beautiful job. I have so many of them that I've made, I need to take a count.
Look forward to seeing more,

Createology said...

Gracious Donna your first Biscornu is beautiful. Your inner critic is being too harsh because from where I am looking it looks fabulous...especially for the first one. First anythings are always the trickiest. Every one you make after this will be all the easier. I still am amazed that this is made from two squares! Totally Terrific Thursday to you dear...

Patty C. said...

Beautiful Finish ;)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

This came as an email comment from my friend, ML:


Your biscornu is beautiful! I love your original design. I've not made a biscornu yet, so I appreciate the hints to make it easier for when I do give it a try. Now that you're so adept at making these you wanna try your hand at a 15-sided biscornu? LOL Here's the link to the blog where I saw these little dandies Talk about something being fiddly. I think I'll stick with something easier but just as elegant and cool.


Rettabug said...

Holy Needle & Thread, just started it & you're done ALREADY??? Its BEAUTIFUL!! You amaze me with your needlework skills, not to mention that you created your own pattern, too.

Rettabug, who bows deeply in the presence of greatness

Karen said...

Donna your biscornu turned out beautifully :) And thank you for sharing mine - wow! That was my first one too, and I thought it was so fun. But you're right, use an odd number, much easier! :)


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