As a little interlude from larger stitching projects I like to relax by stitching a biscornu. Louison has a seemingly unending supply of patterns for these delightful little objects. This one was No 141 and was stitched on a light grey 18 ct Aida fabric. The originals are stitched with cross stitches, but I prefer to use a simple diagonal or half cross stitch. Two strands of DMC cotton were used. This time around I use five colours – three shades of lavender and two of violet. I have still to find a suitable pair of buttons to finish the biscornu off, when it will be a little gift for someone to use as a pincushion. Here are the two sides of the biscornu.
I have now started work on my latest project which is a slight variation on a design I came across on a book about textiles from India and Pakistan. I cannot remember the book now – I borrowed it from the library. Anyway there were some lovely patterns in the book, some of which I scanned onto the computer. This was months ago and I have only now got round to using them for stitching. The original used bright reds and orange colours with black. I am using up my stash of Persian wool and my piece will use purple and greens along with black. I have just started and so far I have completed the centre design and most of the outline in black. The finished piece is to fit into an oval mount I picked up somewhere. Here is what it looks like at the moment. And happy stitching!