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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Biscornu - fun to make and pretty besides!

Have you ever heard of a Biscornu? They seem to be quite popular lately among needleworkers, and I've found them on the internet from very simple to very decorated. They are used mainly as pin cushions, although I wonder if that was their original purpose. Perhaps they were made just as a pretty ornament?

Anyway, I tried my hand at making one and it was so fun to make and turned out so well that I decided to make one as a gift for the Stitcher's Angel Swap, in colors and fabrics suited to my secret recipient. Here's the finished project...

Country Blue BiscornuThis one makes a very generously sized pin cushion...

Country Blue Biscornu...which can be used with the dark side up or the light side up. It's reversible!

Country Blue BiscornuI love how the sides are in a zig zag design. It looks complicated to make, but really isn't once you know the secret. I'll be posting a tutorial soon!

Country Blue BiscornuI made a yo yo of each fabric, and two matching buttons. The dark yo yo went on the light side...

Country Blue Biscornu
And the light yo yo went on the dark side, each with a pretty button in the middle.

There is lots of information out there on this fun little shape called Biscornu. One I particularly enjoyed reading is from Mary Corbet's Needlenthread website. Hop on over there and take a peek. I'm sure you'll enjoy it too!

This past week, I've been having such fun working on my Halloween Apron. I wish I could show it to you now, but that will have to wait until after it is received in the swap. I've also spent some time knitting on my lace triangle shawl and I was able to photograph the proper way to pick up a missed yarn over. I'll be sharing that with you shortly.

Fall is here and that means soccer season has begun. This season we have two little soccer players who are very much looking forward to their games each weekend. My little 1st grader has become a Tiger Cub Scout as well, and I got talked into being the den leader. So that will add a new dimension of fun to our family life. All of our birthdays are coming up in the next few months too, along with our wedding anniversary and all the major holidays. This is such a wonderfully busy time of year from now until January, but there's always time in each day for some needlework!

What kinds of projects and activities do you look forward to this time of year?

Happy Stitching!

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