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01/04/2016

Blackwork biscornu pattern


Hello, stitchy friends,

Finally spring has arrived to this part of Sweden. It has been a long wait.


I am enjoying the Easter holidays. Working on my university assignments, challenging myself with embroidery techniques, using as my starting point or inspiration some photos I took of trees.

I was playing with making pattern from photos of tree trunks, learning smocking, breaking the rules, e.g. pulling the fabric together with my stitches on purpose, using a black on white printed fabric as a "colouring sheet" etc. I also bought the book Wool stitch by Yumiko Higuchi and stitching some of the patterns from it. To be honest, I am not sure where I am going with all this, I am just trying out things and playing with needle and thread. We will see.




And I also have something to share with you.

I have made a tiny blackwork pattern the other day. It started as a doodle, turned out to be something like a lily but not really on purpose. :D It is really small and dense, and I also added French knots.

I stitched it quickly, this is how it looks:



Today I drew it in my cross stitch program and started playing with it. You know, rotating, adding other small motifs etc. I really love this part when out of something small one can create a much bigger pattern. Anyway, at the end it became a biscornu, the way I usually make them: with one side more dominant than the other.

Click on the picture to get the pdf pattern.*


I did not draw the french knots, but if you want to add them, here is a drawing that shows where I stitched them. But feel free to add them wherever you want, or you can also try beads.




I used some leftover yellow thread for the stitching so I don't know what shade it is. But I drew it in red because it is easier to see. Use your favourite colour, or try a variegated thread.

I hope someone will like it and enjoy stitching it.


*I have to apologise for the pdf. The new version of MacStitch puts all the threads on a list, even those not in use. Make sure you only print out the pages you need - until I figure out how to solve this.

6 comments:

Tiki said...

Fabulous work! Thank you for the pattern.

Ági said...

Thank you :)

Shebafudge said...

Such a pretty little chart. Thank you for sharing :)

Ági said...

Glad you like it :)

Serinde said...

Have just caught up with this. My immediate thought was that the flower was a honeysuckle. It's those twiddly bits, I think. Lovely design.

Ági said...

I am not sure I know what a honeysuckle looks like (shhhh, don't tell my botanist boyfriend). Have to google it. I am glad you like it though. :)