Monday, September 28, 2015

Me and a Biscornu

After my last finish, I went in search of what to work on next.  What about all that stuff in my WIP pile, you say?  They looked quite comfortable in that pile, so I thought I'd leave them there for now.  In all honesty, I did glance at them, but just didn't feel like working on them.

I think Victoria Sampler is my go to designer when I'm in doubt of what to do next.  I love how detailed their instructions are and I have a huge collection of their patterns.  Since I haven't worked on anything VS this year, it seemed like a good idea.  So, I went to my bin of patterns and found the VS file folder (its really quite thick) and decided on a cute little pattern called Bisornuments.

 I thought this is perfect. The little biscornus would be a perfect way to learn how to make one.  I'm probably the only one left that has never made a biscornu (my finishing skills really need some work).  And these are just so cute, don't you think?  These are designed by Linda Rosser for VS.

So, I then proceeded to read through the pattern and I thought, "Wait a second! I have the Beautiful Finsihing pattern for Biscornus."  And off I went to find it.

This has complete coloured instructions on how to finish all three biscornus (15 sided, 6 sided and 2 sided).  So, I thought this will be my next project!  So, then I went in search of some suitable fabric.  All I can say is I had no idea these little cuties would need so much fabric.  To make the pattern work out right, I need to stick with the 28 ct and I really wanted to use whatever I had in my stash.

This is what I found:

28ct Antique Ivory Cashel Linen
 Unfortunately, the picture doesn't show the colour as well as I'd like, but it is 28 ct Antique Ivory Cashel Linen.  This was the only suitable fabric that I had enough of for all three biscornus.  I really want them to be a matching set.  The threads won't be as prominent as they are on the antique white fabric used in the pattern, but I think it works well enough.

After finding the linen, the next step was to cut it.  I needed 21 4" squares and 2 8" squares for all three biscornus.  As you can see from the above pic there is quite a big stack of pieces there. The whole process of picking out the pattern, fabric and cutting it took a few nights lol.  I don't think I've put this much effort into the preparation and planning of a project in quite some time.

At this point, the threads and ribbon are sorted and the stitching is started.  One square is finished and the second one is started.  I think this will take  a few months to stitch since it's taken this long to get this far.  I really can't wait to start the finishing though! 

Do you have a finishing technique that you have wanted to try, but never got around to it or felt confident enough to do it?  I think the biscornu, for me, is a bit of feeling like I never enough time to really sit down and try it and a lack of confidence in my abilities to do it nicely.  I also think the the needleroll is something I've been putting off.  Maybe it will be next. :)

Well, we've been having some beautiful fall weather this week and the leaves are really starting to change.  As much as I hate the idea of what follows fall (snow) I love the cooler temperatures and bright clear days that this season brings.  

Have a great week!

1 comment:

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Well, you're not the only person on the planet who hasn't made a Biscornu yet LOL - I haven't either, so I'll be watching your progress with interest ;) It's a beautiful pattern, and although they are ambitious (the mere *thought* of assembling the 15 sided one is rather terrifying), the pretty colours will hopefully provide lots of nice stitching over this coming Winter. When everything is dreary and dull at least this project will help you look forward to Spring! The linen you found is also a lovely colour - I think from your samples that it will lend a wonderful vintage look.

As for final finishing, it's something I'd love (and honestly need) to get better at too, and you're right - the only way to learn is to just to jump in and *do* it! I think the Flat Fold is #1 on my list right now, but I'm also on the look out for creative ways to finish off Christmas ornaments :)