Friday, July 8, 2011

Hooked on Biscornus

With my Canada Day biscornu all done, I had to figure out what to stitch on the long weekend.  If you haven't noticed yet, I'm hooked on these quirky little pin cushions.    So with all of you working on one over the weekend I wanted to stitch one as well.

Two years ago I had designed a Chair Necessaire set that was featured in "A Needle Pulling Thread" magazine.  Over 2009 readers of the magazine were treated to all parts of the set; a biscornu, scissor fob, scissor pocket, and the finishing instructions to the stitching tool organizer that hangs over the arm of your chair.  It is this biscornu that I took with me to stitch over the long weekend.  I stitched it as a gift for one of oldest friends; not that she's the oldest - we are BF's since grade 5.   With purple being her favourite colour,  I used "Old Maid of the Aubergine" a hand dyed silk and cross stitched on 32ct Belfast Linen, "Lilac".  For the beads I used Magnifica beads 10074.

For the top of the biscornu I stitched the entire design, and for the bottom half I only stitched a portion of the design for each corner.  I absolutely love this silk colour;  the colour variation has a subtle flow yet shows beautifully.

And here it is all finished, but my friend will have to wait until  her birthday in September.

For those of you who do not have a copy of the magazine, I am working on printing the set into a chart pack that should be available within the next few weeks.

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