It takes me a while, sometimes, to join in with what others are making. I have loved biscornus ever since I started to see them appearing in various blogs quite a number of years ago. But I hadn’t made one myself until now. It really was fun, and quite intriguing, to watch it taking shape as I sewed 2 squares of needlepointed linen together.
I chose to use colours completely outside my comfort zone – I don’t think I have ever worked with these strong “autumny” colours before, but of course I enjoyed doing so. I don’t think I’ve ever really met a colour I didn’t like.
Aren’t biscornus fun! And you can have such varied tops on them. Here’s a couple that I have always admired over the years:
- From TinTock Tap: http://tintocktap.blogspot.com/2009/06/patchwork-of-stars.html A lovely 15-sided biscornu – I really love this one. Click on Gallery on her blog to see lots of others. The Biscornu Queen, in my book!
- http://stitchinkatspawprintsblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/cheetah-biscornu.html for one that looks like cheetah fur
- Pretty colours on this cross-stitched one: http://anitas-stitching-addiction.blogspot.com/2007/01/my-first-biscornu-finishing.html
- And here’s Rissa’s divine miniature: http://blog.prettyimpressivestuff.com/?p=1013 Isn’t it cute!
The block, called “Circling Doves”, is designed by Peg Dunayer, and is one of the ones in an e-book published by CyberPointers. CyberPointers is the online chapter of American Needlepoint Guild, and some of us embroidered 4 inch squares based on traditional quilt blocks – these were assembled into a wallhanging for a raffle at the 2009 Seminar, and the patterns of the blocks were published as an e-book called Classic Needlepoint Quilts.
You can see a picture of the quilt, and details of the e-book, at http://www.cyberpointers.org/quilt-book.html