Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Snowflakes in the Snow (with 15 sided biscornu tutorial)

Long post with lots of photos, but hopefully useful information!


Snowflakes in the Snow

I've been a bit distracted from my planned stitching recently (this seems to be happening faaar too regularly these days) by the above 15 sided biscornu or banurukotti. I first saw these last year here on this Russian blog and then saw that Anita had designed this lovely one too. Somehow the idea of making this kind of thing with a snowflake pattern caught my imagination, but I just didn't manage to find the right snowflakes to stitch.

At last, a couple of weeks ago, I saw this post from Janet Perry for the snowflakes on her December twinchy. That got me started! Janet's snowflakes were just perfect for what I wanted to do, so I printed off the charts and got started.


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As I got going, I started playing around with Janet's snowflakes, adding beads and trying out different shapes and stitches. And before I knew it, I had ended up with 15 squares each with a different showflake!

Four of the snowflakes are Janet's, one or two were copied from images I found on the internet and the rest are my own. I might chart some of them sometime to share.

As all the tutorials I've seen for this type of biscornu have not been in English, I thought I'd write my own for anyone who's interested.


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Step 1 - You need 15 stitched squares all the same size. The squares I used were all 20 x 20 stitches. As with a 'normal' biscornu, the outline round the edge of each square was done in backstitch and I used a #12 perle cotton.

When you have your 15 squares, cut them all out leaving a border of at least about half a centimeter.


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Step 2 - I then divided my squares into 3 groups of 5 squares - 5 squares for the top, 5 squares for the bottom and 5 for the sides.


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I then whipstitched the 5 squares for the top together.


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When you have joined the 5 squares together, you will have a kind of 5 pointed star. Note that it will not lie flat, however hard you try.

Now, join the 5 squares for the bottom.


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Step 3 - The next step is to join the side squares to either top or bottom. I've tried to show in the photo below how this works with the arrows showing which sides wshould be joined to each other.


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You will end up with something like this.


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Step 4 - Now you can start to join the bottom/top to the top/bottom plus sides in a similar way to that in which the sides were already joined. I haven't got a photo of this step - not quite sure how I would show it!

Only join about three quarters of the way round so that you leave a gap for stuffing. I use a general toy stuffing to stuff my biscornus.

Now, this is a point that I've never seen written anywhere for biscornus or anything else. When I make a biscornu, I sew on the central buttons before I've completed stuffing. I like to have my button in a reasonable indent in the middle of my pin cushion, so, in this case, I half stuffed my biscornu and then attached my button. Then I completed stuffing, working the stuffing around the threads holding the buttons, and stitched the opening closed.

Et voila!


Snowflakes in the Snow

And if anyone saw a mad woman yesterday morning, wandering round Vicky Park with a pin cushion and a camera, yes, I confess, it was me!


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The snowflake patterns I used in making my biscornu can be found on the following web pages of my blog:

Remember, I also used Janet Perry's December twinchy snowflakes. This gives you 12 snowflakes. I don't have another 3 to share at the moment, so you can either make up your own or wait patiently until I get around to thinking of some more.

My notes on an alternative 15 sided biscornu are here.

95 comments:

Kathy A. said...

Wow girl I am so very impressed. I am supposed to be catching up on my blog reading and instead I am sitting here fascinated by your biscornu. I think it is just beautiful. I love the colors the snowflakes and how beautifully it went together. I will print out your directions for the day I am brave enough to try that LOL

Annie said...

That is totally fabulous! And thanks for the detailed tutorial also. Interesting tip about sewing on the buttons. I'll try that on my next one (not 15 - sided though... I don't think I have the patience!).

Autumn said...

I had seen those russian directions and wondered how easy it would actually be in practice. With your instructions it looks doable. Thanks for being the brave one to try it out!

Joyus said...

That's just gorgeous! I hope you don't mind if I steal your ideas...

Crafty Cripple said...

That is so lovely, I've never seen the instructions for one of these before, so the tutorial was pretty inspiring. You will drag me back to my stitching if you keep this up, and then what will I do with all the wool?

nima said...

wow...it is pretty

Lee said...

Great photographs in the snow!

Vonna said...

Well that's just gorgeous :) You did a great job!

geeky Heather said...

Your finished piece is just fabulous, and thank you so much for posting the "process" pictures. They are very helpful!!

xstitch.nl said...

Thank you for the tutorial, Lesley!! This is such an intriguing design!! Yours looks fabulous!

mainely stitching said...

Stunning! Gorgeous! So unusual!

Joei said...

Hi Lesley,

Thanks for the visit and lovely comment. I love your latest finish, very well done. Thanks for the tutorial, clear and easy to follow.

Happy stitching!

Erna said...

He Lesley lovely piece of work, well done
Hugs
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Kitty said...

That is so beautiful. Your stitching is really lovely. x

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How cool is that! what a super thing, didn't see you on local news so you couldn't have been that bonkers!!!!

Olenka's Stitches said...

What a stunning biscornu Lesley!
Great job on finishing it

monique said...

WOW... that's really neat! Great finishing job; thanks for the tutorial :)

Dovilė said...

Great job on finish, lovely form and colors.
Thanks for the visit and lovely comment.
Enjoy stitching!

Sally said...

Wow, Lesley, your biscornu is a real beauty:)

Dragonflymystic said...

Absolutely on my list :) Which is quite full... I will find something that has 20 squares... sometime... till then, you did a stunning job, and I think your biscornu is the cutest!!
Laura

Donna said...

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial and the pics of your project. It is so very, very beautiful. I haven't even made one biscornu yet so I am so impressed with yours.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Wonderful little snowflake biscornu..of the Russian kind, Lesley! You were so kind to photo the tutorial, as well. I love your blue blog design! Hugs, Deb

BW said...

A great tutorial for this! I've even shared it with a group or two that I am a part of. Hope you don't mind. I always posted a direct link to this post.

Penny said...

Fantastic biscornu. I really love the way it turned out. I haven't made a regular one yet though let alone one that complicated.

Yoyo said...

I think your finished piece is just outstanding. The tutorial is a great touch, nice to have it in English for a change. I just started my first 15 sided Biscornu. Tiny blackworks, to be given out one per day so it's going to take all month, but I'm really looking forward to it.

Svetta said...

Thank you!

Carolien said...

What a good and lovely tutorial! Thank you very much for sharing this! One day I will try ...

Greetings, Carolien

SGVChicago said...

Spectacular....I will now need to find 15 tiny treasures to chart into this Biscornu! Please enroll me in your PIF....I am at www.thepurplethread.blogspot.com
Thanks so sharing...

Theresa said...

OMG!! This is just amazing!!!!!
So beautiful!!!!!
And thanks for the tutorial!!!

Cole said...

That's beautiful, great job!!

Sonda in OR said...

It's unbelievably wonderful! I like biscornus myself, but the stitching together of that would put me off! You did a fabulous job!!

Solstitches said...

What a beauty this biscornu is!
You are very creative in the way you adapted the snowflakes.
Thanks for the tutorial - no immediate plans to make one but one day hopefully....
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claire93 said...

Glad to see that someone else is also discovering the joys of biscornu only recently ^^ for some reason your photos aren't coming up on screen so I'll check back again later. both my daughter and I are tackling our first ever biscornu . . . so far I have both squares and she has a front (I think I'm doing the back for her) and we've already sorted beads and buttons for finishing touches! Could be a woman in France soon rushing around with camera and pin cushions LOL.

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photos have appeared and I have to say WOW! it's nothing like the one I'm doing ^^ On French sites, biscornu are more commonly made with just TWO squares, making an 8 point cushion . . . hopefully you'll be able to see mine on my blog by early next week.

Cross Stitch Queen said...

I think your biscornu is fantastic. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us.

Einschies stitching blog said...

Lovely,-)) And guess what??? I am actually stitching this piece too, two more squares to go and then....yeahh this is the only finish I really like to do...Biscornus;-))

Have a nice weekend,
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SGVChicago said...

Hi
How can I get a copy of your Biscornu pattern?
sgvchicago@aol.com.....I have also designed one and you can see it on my blog! I will trade you pattern for pattern....
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Anke said...

Thank you for this wonderfully clear tutorial!!!
(Have just finished one and it couldn't have been easier.)
Used the same principle i.e. joining a few pieces together to form modules and then joining those modules when I did my biscofleur making the finishing really straightforward.

Your snowflake biscornu is gorgeous, Lesley!

Anke

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I'm going to try this soon, when I get some more Aida. I've done the normal, two-sided biscornu which I found quite easy, so I want a bigger project! :P

nat@smallestforest.net said...

Hi, Lesley...this is so beautiful! I would like to have a go at making a 15-sided pincushion, and would like to blog about it, as well. I'm linking back to this page, if that's okay, to show peope where I got the idea. May I have permission to use a photo of your finished Snowflakes In The Snow? Thanks, Nat

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