In my Etsy shop (also called Stitches ‘N’ Dreams), I sell charts of the biscornu that I design. I have always loved crafting, and ever since I took up stitching about 25 years ago, I’ve never been without at least one project one the go. So I thought I would have a go at selling my designs on Etsy. I’ve had a few sales, which is lovely, but even if I didn’t sell anything, I would still be stitching, and especially stitching biscornu!
However, I have been keeping an eye on which designs people seem to like the best, and there’s no doubt that my Knot Garden Biscornu is definitely the favourite. Regular readers will know that I love blackwork and beads, so I really didn’t need any more incentive to get designing another biscornu, also based on the formal outlines of a Tudor knot garden
If you read this blog regularly, you will know that I love miniature stitching especially biscornu, and that I also love blackwork and beads. So what better way to indulge my passion than to design something that combines all three? The rest of the world may not want to be thinking about Christmas yet, but we crafters need to get ahead, so I thought I would design a biscornu with a Christmas theme, that could be used as a hanging ornament or just as a Christmas decoration.
At last I’ve managed to finish the project I have been working on over the last couple of weeks, and I can now explain all about it.
In summer 2013 I visited a flower festival at my local Parish church, and whilst wandering around the beautiful historic church, I entered a small chapel where there were many candles burning. There was a small notice explaining that although lighting a candle in itself was not necessarily significant, it acted as a ‘visual prayer’ – a reminder of prayer.
Over the years I have given quite a lot of hand-made presents to may family, but an 80th birthday is rather special! Earlier this year my mother celebrated her 80th birthday, so I wanted to design something rather special for her as a memento. So I set to work creating a biscornu worthy of the occasion, and after a few false starts, this was the finished result…
I was really pleased with how it turned out. I used a combination of stitches, including some cross stitch, needlepoint and hardanger. I also used crystal white seed beads and bugle beads for some added sparkle. The finishing touch was a tiny ‘Hand-made with love’ charm which I stitched to the front.
I always enjoy making gifts for my family, but I was especially pleased with this biscornu.
This little biscornu was inspired by the design of Tudor knot gardens. I have always loved blackwork; I really enjoy trying out different filling patterns to experiment with the effect.
I stitched this biscornu very traditionally using black thread on a white background. I used antique gold beads, and an ‘aged’ gold button to add to the historical effect.
Blackwork is believed to have been introduced to the UK by Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, and was very popular on clothing at the time – some of Holbein’s portraits show clothes stitched with blackwork.
If you’d like to have a go at stitching this, the pattern is available here in my Etsy shop ‘Stitches ‘N’ Dreams’.
I would love to hear about your projects, especially if you enjoy blackwork.