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.
Well, skewed, quirky and definitely irregular......that is my biscornu. lol
I used 2.5" squares from the 'old glory' collection and some antique shell buttons.
things I learned:
When sewing this small, mark all sewing lines
hand sewing is your friend, although I did use the machine
fiddle and make the stuffing a little more even on the "hand close" side
enjoy the wonkiness
There a lots of free tutorials and patterns online....just type in b i s c o r n u.
I made this is less than thirty minutes from...."hey, I could do that" to posting a pic. If I can, you can...trust me! Speedy is not my middle name.