Friday, 17 April 2009

Biscornu Pincushion/Scissor Fob

Instructables has a great tutorial for a Biscornu pincushion and scissor fob. You will need to sign up for free membership to download the PDF pattern but it was quick and painless.

Biscornu (offset square cushion)- Biscornu is a French adjective that means "that which has an irregular form, with projections" or "complicated and bizarre."

To a seamstress or an embroiderer, a biscornu is a tiny eight-sided embroidered pillow that can be used as a pincushion, an holiday ornament, key chain/cell phone decoration, a scissor fob, the centerpiece of a wreath, filled with flower petals or herbs to make a sachet... They're great for anything that you can think to do with a tiny cushion. Biscornus can be cross-stitched, embroidered, hardangered (is that even a word?), anything as long as each side is square and the same size.

Dolores has passed on a link for biscornu patterns here. They are in French but you could use the google translator if you need to. Thanks Dolores.


Dolores said...

Here's a link for freebies that I found while looking for more biscornu patterns. It is in French, but with icons so it's fairly easy to follow.
Have fun stitching.

Julie said...

oooh, i've made these before, they're so cute.
julie :)


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