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I just came across this biscornu pattern by Stitches and Dreams on etsy.

Ndebele Biscornu Pattern / Chart (PDF)

Aren’t the colors beautiful? I had never heard of biscornu before. Have you?

Here’s what wikipedia says: A biscornu is a small, 8-sided, stuffed ornamental pincushion, usually made out of Aida cloth or linen. Embroidery or cross-stitch is used to decorate the top and bottom of the cushion. A button is typically secured in the center of the cushion to give a small depression on the top. Beads, tassels and other objects can decorate the biscornu. They are typically able to fit in the palm of your hand. The name is derived from a French adjective, meaning skewed, quirky or irregular.

Quirky maybe, but definitely not irregular.

I’m now officially fascinated. May try my hand at one of these soon.

via Basket of Biscornu

via Apparently

via Whimsy and Charm

via My Craft World

Now that I know about biscornu, I see that they are everywhere and a simple Google search produces a wealth of ideas and patterns. Here’s a good tutorial. Guess I’m just completely out of the loop! But not for long…I see a craft room littered with biscornu in progress in my near future. Probably everyone I know needs one for Christmas too, huh?

xoxo, Shannon