Example of a biscornu, 10 x 10 cm. Example of a biscornu, 10 x 10 cm.

Biscornu (biscournu) is the name for a small, eight-sided pin cushion that became popular in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The word biscornu is derived from the French adjective biscornu, meaning irregular, skewed or strange.

A biscornu consists of two embroidered squares that are usually made from an even-weave linen or an aida ground material, decorated with Holbein stitch or cross stitch. The two squares are sewn together on point: the corner of one square meets the middle of one of the sides of the other. The two pieces are sewn together with a whipped stitch and then stuffed. Many are finished with a button in the centre of the design.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 5 June 2016).


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