This week I’ve begun another biscornu. This one is ever so (not) creatively called “Red Monochrome Biscornu and Scissor Fob” by the designer (with a long-winded name) Marie-Ann Rétholet-Mélin. The poor dear is plagued by excessive hyphenation, too.
Funny things and jokes aside, this pattern is a fine example of what you can do with modern black work and some cross stitches. I’m having lots of fun with it. Here’s my progress on the biscornu:
It’s just a lot of geometric shapes combined to create an overall complex-looking design. Oddly, the title of the pattern has “monochrome” in it but the thread is actually a DMC multi-shade. Also, it combines cross stitches with back stitches, a sort of “modern black work” in the sense that it is not possible to do the old-fashioned black work here, with all running stitches. It isn’t necessary, either, considering that only one side will show.
I did not follow the instructions exactly as the pattern indicates, and neither should you if you decide to buy this and stitch on it. In particular, I’m referring to how the designer says to use two strands for back stitches and three strands for cross stitches. No. Nonononono. It’s perfectly fine, and economical with the thread, to use two strands for everything. The added bonus for having all stitches the same thickness is that cross stitches and back stitches can be done simultaneously without having to worry about ruining the backstitching later, just like you’re ideally supposed to do (or try to do) when you’re black working.
I’m glad I got this pattern, too, because it makes me think of doodling. In the future, if I happen to doodle something really cool, I’m going to chart it into black work, I think. I could just imagine someone coming up with this pattern here inspired by a doodle, can’t you?