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How to Stitch a Biscornu

How to Assemble a Biscornu

Material List:

Biscornu Pattern (you can buy this Western theme Biscornu Pattern here)

Aida Cloth or Linen

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss

Fiberfil

2 Beads or Buttons

Stitching Instructions:

1- Complete all stitching on the front and back of the biscornu, both sides must be the same size (ie 59  by 59  stitches or 75 stitches by 75  stitches).

2- Count 2-4 rows from all 4 edges of your finished piece, and backstitch a border around the design. Stitch the same backstitch border on the back piece of you biscornu. This creates your sewing edge for assembling the biscornu.

3- Cut both pieces leaving approximately 1/2″ of fabric from the backstitched sewing line on all sides. Fold back all the edges along the sewing line, and press down with your fingers.

4- Mark the middle of one of the front sides with a pin. Join a corner of the back piece to the middle of the front piece.

5- Make a knot using 2 (two) strands of embroidery floss the same color as your backstitching line. Start sewing the top and bottom of your biscornu together using a whip-stitch. Do this by taking a stitch under one of the backstitched threads on the front piece, then one on the back piece, and so forth, until you have sewn 6 of the 8 sides. You may wish to take a few extra stitches on the corners for stability (and it adds a decorative touch, too).

6- Stop stitching when you have completed all but 2 sides, to leave a hole for stuffing.

7- Stuff the biscornu with Fiberfil.

8- Finish stitching the final 2 sides, securing your thread with a hidden knot.

9- Sew the 2 buttons, one in the center of the front and one on the back, passing the needle through the center of the biscornu to stitch both buttons on with the same length of thread.

Et Voila! You are finished! Enjoy your handiwork 🙂


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New freebie Anchor Cross Stitch Pattern

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Hello!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer 🙂

Here’s a free seaside summer anchor cross stitch chart. Just right-click on the pattern image and save it to your computer.

Happy Stitching!

Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist

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Is there an easy way to alter the size of a Cross Stitch Pattern?

One of our lovely customers asked, “I love this pattern and want to make it for my son’s room, but it is smaller than I would like. Is there an easy way for me to adjust this pattern to be bigger?”

The answer is: YES!

There are 2 ways you can adjust the size of your Cross Stitch Pattern:

FIRST METHOD

This is the easiest method:  use the pattern as is, but change the size (count) of your Aida cloth!

All of our Cross stitch Patterns are designed for 14-count Aida cloth, which has 14 squares per inch. But you don’t always have to use 14-count Aida!

If you want your design to be larger, use a SMALLER count, such as 6-, 8- or 11-count Aida cloth, which has larger squares (fewer squares per inch) and will make your finished design larger. Remember, you will need to use 3 or even 4 threads when stitching on smaller count aida cloth. 

This method will ALSO work to SHRINK your pattern. Instead of using 14-count aida cloth, try using 18- or 24-count to make your finished design SMALLER. See the handy chart below 🙂

aida cloth counts

SECOND METHOD

This is next method: use the same size of Aida Cloth, but change the pattern slightly!

This method is a little more complicated, but works well to DOUBLE the size of your finished piece, and STILL uses 14-count Aida cloth.

What do you do?

Just stitch 4 “x”s for every 1 square on the original pattern. (For example, if there is a section of color that calls for 2 x 3 “x”s, you would stitch 4 x 6 “x”s instead.) If the original design size was 38 x 40 stitches, the new design would end up being 76 x 80 stitches.

See this example below:

Pink Sun-double

How can I figure out how much bigger (or smaller) it will be?

Here’s the math!!!

 stitch count of design ./. aida cloth count = finished size in inches

NOTE: You will have to make 2 calculations: 1 for the LENGTH and 1 for the WIDTH

So, how big will a 70 x 91 design be on 14-Count Aida?

70 stitches ./. 14 count aida = 5 inches (70 ./. 14= 5″)

AND

91 stitches ./. 14 count aida = 6.5 inches (91 ./. 14 = 6.5″)

ANSWER:  5″ x 6.5″

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So, what would that same 70 x 91 design be on 11-Count Aida?

70 ./. 11= 6.36″

91 ./.11= 8.27″

ANSWER: Approx. 6.5″ x 8.5″

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And finally, what would that same 70 x 91 design be on 18-Count Aida?

70 ./. 18= 3.8″

91 ./.18= 5.05″

ANSWER: Approx. 4″ x 5″

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Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist

More questions? I’m always happy to help. Email me at cheryl@tinymodernist.com

 


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Free Cross Stitch Pattern: Apple of my Eye

Here’s a freebie for you! A fun fruit-y pattern 🙂

Just right-click on the pattern image below and you can save it to your computer. As always, my cross stitch patterns are intended for personal use only. Feel free to give this pattern or finished work as a gift, but don’t sell it please. Email me if you have any questions cheryl@tinymodernist.com

Happy Stitching!

Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist Cross Stitch

 

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Apple Pattern

 


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Free Cross Stitch Pattern- Cute Panda

 

panda

 

Hello everyone!

Here’s this week’s freebie- a cute panda with some bamboo.

As always, please use this pattern for your own personal stitching only. You can give this pattern as a gift or or finished piece as a gift, but no commercial use please.

Thank you for supporting handmade 🙂

Cheers,

Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist

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Cross Stitch Loop Method Tutorial

Try beginning your stitching with a Loop! This easy tip saves you time, and keeps the back of your work looking nice and tidy!

(It is also comes in handy when you are working with “confetti” stitching, where there are single cross stitches with no others around it.)

STEP 1

Separate ONE (1) strand of floss, twice as long as you normally use. Fold the floss in half, and thread the 2 loose ends through the eye of your needle. This should make a long tail with a “loop” on the end. Bring your needle up from the back, as you would to make the first half of your cross stitch.

STEP 2

Now bring your needle down through the front of the fabric to complete the first half of your ‘X’. Don’t pull the thread tight yet…turn your work over, and on the back of your fabric thread your needle through the loop. (see the photo below)

loop method

STEP 3

Now you can pull the thread tight (but not too tight!) to secure it in place. (see the photo below)

Then you can finish your cross stitch as usual. End your thread in the usual way of running it under several threads along the back to secure.

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FREE Cross Stitch Pattern: I Stitch Quote with Border

I stitch

Hey all!

Here’s this week’s freebie pattern. Just RIGHT CLICK on the image of the pattern below and SAVE AS, et voila! It’s yours 🙂

As always, thanks for supporting handmade (by me, hee hee) and don’t use this pattern for anything other than your own personal stitching pleasure.

Cheers,

Cheryl@tinymodernist.com

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