Sunday, January 17, 2010

Winter Biscornu

Last year I fell in love with making these wonderful little embroidered pin cushions known as biscornus. The word biscornu is derived from a French adjective, meaning skewed, quirky, or irregular in shape. These little pin cushions fit that description well.

This one is done with a winter theme and includes Hardanger (cutwork), snowflakes, pine cones, and hearts. I really like how it turned out and it could be easily adapted to represent other seasons or themes.

The Hardarnger is done white on white. Between the hardanger hearts are white snowflakes with a pearl in the center of each. The pine and cones are done in winter Victorian colors of teal greens and brown. The small hearts are done in a dusty Victorian rose color and I've added a pearl at the corners with the hearts. The underside is stitched kloister blocks (basis of the hardanger) without the cutwork and has the pine/hearts also so that when sitting the pine/hearts can be seen all around.

I enjoy making these now and then as a break from my regular stuff :-)

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