The short answer: no. But they are so cool and I want 1000 of them!!!!!! I have never been much of a frilly type, but suddenly I just feel like my scissors deserve to rest on something comfy. Needless to say, I have become obsessed with biscornus and I have been itching to make some for a couple of weeks, now. I’d love to share a photo of a biscornu, I haven’t even made one yet. I’m afraid to share photos from other places because I think they’re protected by copyright. If you want to see what one looks like, please do click on any links I provide below.
In case anyone is wondering, a biscornu is an oddly-shaped pin cushion that can also serve as a place to rest your little scissors. Lately I have been devouring all web pages devoted to biscornus, both tutorials on how to sew them together and charts to cross stitch them. Lots of aspects of them are attractive to me: they’re a small project, they often involve cross stitching, a lot of them have bead work, they usually also have something cool in the center, either a big bead or a button, and they are hand sewn together in an invisible way, usually attaching edge to edge along a border of backstitching or cross stitches.
There are plenty more reasons to like them and make them. For instance, they could be great gifts for people who enjoy crafts. I think I’m going to binge on making them for crafty friends and family. I know quite a few people who would appreciate receiving one. Even my sister-in-law, who loves to sew.
I’ve been browsing on the web for biscornu ideas for about two weeks and this is a useful list of my favorite resources that other people can use if they’re interested.
Free Biscornu Patterns
Cross Stitch Pattern Central’s huge list of biscornu charts. I really like this list of patterns. Unfortunately, some of them are not really biscornu because the centers are stitched on. Usually, the corners are the more interesting parts while the center is left a little blank to put in a button. Even despite this, I think a lot of these that are just little, square pillows could be made into biscornu.
Craft gossip biscornu patterns. This is a shorter list, but they are all charts truly suited to making biscornu with gaps in the center for a bead or button.
The Victoria Sampler has a quite a few freebies and they’re really nice. One of the things I like about these is that they are available with different versions, changing up the colors or inserting different details.
The Cross Stitch Guild has just one pattern, but it also includes a tutorial for sewing it up. This is the one I’m starting tonight, actually. I’m going to make two or three of these so I can gift them to my crafty peeps. I like the design because it’s geometric, so no matter what a person’s taste might be, it will work for them.
Really good patterns for sale
I first learned about biscornu from the December 2017 issue of The World of Cross Stitching. There are four charts there that are really interesting.
Creative Poppy has some really good things on sale from very talented designers. In fact, the designer Faby Reilly made the charts for the four biscornu in the issue of The World of Cross Stitching I just mentioned and she sells charts through this French web site. Barbara Ana also has some excellent designs. I like these because they have a sense of humor. Cross stitch humor is growing on me big time. I bought the autumn one about two hours ago and I plan to make this soon. I must admit that I’m quite partial to Barbara Ana. I wanted to buy all the biscornu charts she is selling. I settled for one. I just love the squirrel! I’ll cave eventually and buy her owl biscornu chart. I also grabbed the monochrome biscornu designed by Marie-Anne Réthoret-Mélin. This one will be fun to work on because it calls for DMC Color Variations. I’ve been dreaming about cross stitching with variegated thread. I think the pricing here is reasonable and they give all customers $4 off their first order. Even better, I like that I can download pdf versions. No waiting for the mail to come!
And that’s all I’ve got to say about biscornu, for now. I suspect my Thanksgiving cornucopia is going to be forgotten for a while. It’s going to be fun to work on a little square thingy.