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Free Biscornu Patterns 
15th-Sep-2006 12:24 pm
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Well, litlaskvis got me on a roll, and now I can't stop! I'm in the middle of stitching my first biscornu (it's at home, or I'd show the WIP) from what was intended to be a Christmas border pattern in an old magazine that dug out of my stash. However, I figured that there had to be a good book of biscornu patterns out there, since they are such a popular thing in Europe. The book Répertoire des Frises by Valérie Lejeune was recommended to me, but of course I can't find anyone that sells it in North America. Not Chapters, not Amazon.ca or .com... Any ideas? I'd prefer to order from somewhere in Canada, but I could order from the States as well. Otherwise postage will probably cost more than the book! (You’d figure that Chapters.ca would carry it at least, since Canada is a bilingual country, but nooooo…)

In my search for patterns, I did turn up some freebies that are available online. If you don't read French I can see how finding this stuff would be hard, since I'd say 99% of the sites that say anything about biscornus are Francophone. That and "biscornu" is also a French adjective that means "that which has an irregular form, with projections" or "complicated and bizarre," so that threw off my search somewhat.

At any rate, here are the freebies that I found:

- Popular Red Biscornu (front and back photos) by Mamounette
- Waterlilies Biscornu by Dawn Lewis
- Indian Biscornu Front and Back (front and back photos) by Capucine
- Happiness Biscornu Front and Back (front and back photos) by Capucine
- Heart Biscornu Front and Back by Capucine
- Provincial Biscornu Front and Back (front and back photos) by Sprite
- Butterfly Biscornu Front and Back (photo) by Sprite
- Mimosa Biscornu Front and Back (front and back photos) by Sprite
- Cat Biscornu by La Coccinelle Brodeuse
- Cow Biscornu by La Coccinelle Brodeuse
- Blue Heart Biscornu by La Coccinelle Brodeuse
- Blue Blackwork Biscornu (photo) designed by Miss Kat at Craft Corner
- Romantic Biscornu (photo) by Craft Corner
- Mini Biscornu (front and back photos) by Miss T
- Heart & Lines Biscornu (picture) by Abi
- Green Moroccan Biscornu (photo) from Better Homes and Gardens
- Mint Moroccan Biscornu (photo) from Better Homes and Gardens
- Orange Moroccan Biscornu (photo) from Better Homes and Gardens

Technically the Better Homes and Gardens ones aren't biscornu patterns, they're originally meant as Moroccan tiles. However, the patterns are quite nice and they would work for biscornus.

Links cross-posted to own_two_hands .
Comments 
15th-Sep-2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
I like the blue blackwork one, I'm definately bookmarking it for later. Thanks for all the links!
15th-Sep-2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
i love the cow one!
16th-Sep-2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
icon love
15th-Sep-2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
One of those free patterns gave me another idea. It seems that any blackwork patters/motif could probably be adapted for a biscornu. Yay! A new place to use blackwork. :-)
15th-Sep-2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm still working on the first free pattern that, I believe, you posted with translated instructions for how to make a biscornu!

Four (interrupted) hours so far..
15th-Sep-2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
If Googling "biscornu" is anything to go by, Mamounette's pattern is extremely popular... :)
15th-Sep-2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if 'biscornu' had a definition... thanks!
15th-Sep-2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh I love you!
I had some of these patterns, but not nearly all of them!
15th-Sep-2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
OK, so you so ROCK! Thank you!!
15th-Sep-2006 06:38 pm (UTC) - ??
Are they cross stitched? I read your definitions but am still not certain exactly what they are, or what they are for? I am assuming it is something specific. If they are cross stitched they are easy patterns... very curious
15th-Sep-2006 07:25 pm (UTC) - Re: ??
Does a piece of embroidery actually have to be for anything? *lol*

As I wrote in my blog yesterday, "a biscornu is a tiny eight-sided embroidered pillow that can be used as a pincushion, an ornament, a scissor fob, filled with flower petals to make a sachet..." Biscornus can be cross-stitched, embroidered, hardangered (is that even a word?), anything so long as the final product is square. I've even seen patchwork/quilted biscornus." The name has more to do with the assembly of the piece into an eight-sided pillow than what kind of art is done on/with the fabric.

If you're looking for a better explanation of what a biscornu is or how to make one, check out my biscornu instructions and patterns entry. I warn you that it's pretty picture-intensive if you have dialup.
15th-Sep-2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, I love these, thank you! I'll definitely bookmark some of them when I get home from work.
15th-Sep-2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oooooooh, so nice. Thanks so much! Must have a lot of time on your hands in order to find all those patterns huh? ;) Am adding to my LJ memories for reference.
15th-Sep-2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hehe, not really, I've just had a very slow day at work... :)
15th-Sep-2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'm using one of those Moroccan tile patterns for a biscornu now. If you guys want I can post a pic once I'm done :D
16th-Sep-2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Well, YEAH! ALWAYS share, please. :o)
15th-Sep-2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Wow! Look at all the patterns! Thanks so much! I'm definately going to have to try one of these now! :) I do wonder tho...where you could find some "holiday" themed ones??? or what type of design you would use for it?? Hmmm...any thoughts?

Have a good one!

X Stitch X
16th-Sep-2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Id try a snow flake or a christmas tree in each corner. Or ou could do one like this http://pics.livejournal.com/own_two_hands/pic/0003azz3 and not do a button in the middle. That way you could use basically any picture.
16th-Sep-2006 12:01 am (UTC)
For those in Canada and the U.S. who may want to pick up books by Lejeune:

Canadian sources:

Amazon.ca has ONE copy of Répertoire des Frises at a VERY tempting $42.46CDN - http://www.amazon.ca/R%E9pertoire-frises-Val%E9rie-Lejeune/dp/2842704096

Traditional Stitches in Calgary carries 3 of Lejeune’s books, but NOT Répertoire des Frises :( - http://www.traditionalstitches.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TS&Product_Code=VLRA&Category_Code=General


U.S. sources:

Threadneedle Street in Seattle, WA carries NINE different pattern books by Lejeune, including Répertoire des Frises ($44.00US) - http://www.threadneedlestreet.com/bookscounted.htm

Twining Thread in Oregon offer the book at $44.00 plus a couple of others by Lejeune - http://www.twiningthread.com/Books13.html#5352

Homespun Samplar in Rhode Island carries Répertoire des Frises ($44.00US), plus other books by Lejeune - http://www.homespunsamplar.com/product_info.php?cPath=49&products_id=9497

Em-Li’s in North Carolina carries Répertoire des Frises ($42.00US), plus other books by Lejeune - http://www.emlis.com/_b_frises.htm

Elegant Stitch in Modesto, CA offers Répertoire des Frises at $44.00US, plus most of Lejeune’s other books - http://www.elegantstitch.com/library.htm

Cross Stitch Row in Delaware prices the book at $46.00US - http://crisscrossrow.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=BKRDF&Category_Code=CYOS

Unfortunately, Nordic Needle stocks OTHER books by Lejeune, but NOT Répertoire des Frises - http://www.nordicneedle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?

Based on some of the pictures I saw of the patterns from Lejeune's various books, I suspect that you could make biscornus form several of them.

16th-Sep-2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Okay, once I get some of these photo albums done, I have *got* to try these...
16th-Sep-2006 02:37 am (UTC)
I jumped on the biscornu bandwagon. I started one last night and finished it this evening. I used a free blackwork pattern I found online. I'll post pics of it and a link to the pattern tomorrow :) I also found a ton of blackwork and other patterns that can be used for biscornu's. I'll post those, too! :)
16th-Sep-2006 04:45 am (UTC)
Wow rock! :) I like the blue blackwork one.
20th-Sep-2006 12:04 am (UTC)
I'm planning on doing the waterlillies biscournu, but I've never done the Algerian Eyelet or the diamond eyelet. It the hole that you pull in the middle big enough for the stuffing to show through?
20th-Sep-2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
If you're worried about stuffing showing through, you can always line your piece with a layer of broadcloth or other scrap fabric before assembling (you could tack it down when you're doing the backstitch).
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