Not long after I wrote my post about the biscornu I’ve been working on, I finished it! There are loads of great tutorials online about how to put a biscornu together so it wasn’t very difficult – thank goodness for the internet, right? It takes eagle eyes and patience, but I managed assemble it without any mis-stitches. The trick is to whip stitch the back stitches around the outside of both the front and the back together, never missing one stitch. I had to use my trusty magnifying daylight lamp to see what I was doing and my new reading glasses; I couldn’t have assembled the biscornu without them.
I watched two different videos so I would have more than one set of instructions about how to do it. When I was a teacher (and a student) I always found that more than one explanation was helpful. The two videos I watched are here and here.
If anyone has a video they think is fabulous, please leave comment below with the link to share it.
Assemblying a biscornu is a geometric puzzle that, once you understand how it’s done, is not difficult. It’s a little like being shown how to do a magic trick! Once the stitching that holds the top and bottom together was almost finished I filled my biscornu with flax seeds and lavender. I like to use something heavier than finer fill so the biscornu has weight and, because of the design, I wanted to use a little dried lavender so it would smell nice.
Now that it’s finished and I can see and hold it…I think I’ll be making another one! It’s likely I’ll do the same design again since I “know how it goes.” A bit like playing a piano piece you know well for the joy of being able to play it without making mistakes – well, I can hope, right?! Who knows, maybe stitching one of Amy Mitten’s samplers isn’t such an unrealistic goal after all!