I wanted to incorporate some of the old traditional forms of embroidery from Norway into something fun and quirky. In my humble opinion, biscornu pincushions are loads of fun and quirkness!
So I dug out some old photos of what is called “breastcloth” that is worn with a specific type of folk costume that are usually covered in some kind of bead embroidery and started to reconstruct it piece by piece in order to make a pincushion from it.
The large piece contains all the original colours, which looks amazing. Clearly, I don’t use black often enough in my work. The smaller piece has the original colours, but shifted around in an attempt to give it a more fun / modern look with less black and more bright colours.
The patterns are for sale in my shop here complete with photos and DMC codes.
The small one later became a keychain decoration for my husband. He thinks it’s the cutest thing he’s ever seen.
My husband has had a lot of problems and such due to his rather lacking ability of sticking to something because it’s not fun. How often do we notice this about ourselves? How something we find dreary usually lasts for about two weeks (if even that) before we make the thousands of various excuses to never do it again. Against our better judgement of course, knowing there are reasons why we’re supposed to do this dreary thing and how it’ll benefit us in the long run as long as we keep up with it.
My husband has had a lot of problems with his weight, high stresslevels and overloaded with work. As such it made it difficult for him to find the energy and the “want” to start exercising so he could live a healthier life. And obviously, preferably not die of a heartattack before he hits 45.
I saw a TED-talk with Mel Robbins who essentially said that acknowledging your biggest obstacle is your first battle. And your biggest obstacle is essentially; You’re never gonna feel like it.
Which is my husbands biggest obstacle as well. He never feels like it because he’s always tired, overworked and stressed. Motivation only takes you so far, its not gonna help you out of a warm bed a cold winter morning at 5 am for your workout before you go to work.
And as such I made this piece for him to keep at his workplace as a reminder for whenever his head starts to come up with excuses for him.
So far it seems to be working.
If you are unfamiliar with the regular biscornu pincushion, please see the appropriate tutorial.
This is one of three ways you can make a 15 sided biscornu pincushions. This is the so-called “regular” version which is most frequently used.
I love the idea and concept of biscornu, so I wanted to try something on a larger scale. Originally I wanted to limit the scale a little bit so I didn’t end up spending over 6 weeks making it like my last large piece. Well, it took 5 weeks in the end.
I dyed the aida myself and spent a week or so making the patterns themselves. I wanted something cool and serene in colour and ended up with this beautiful greyish purple.
IF I were to do it all again I definitly would have made sure that the filling didnt have its own pillowcase and I would have sewn it together by machine to spare my hands.
But all in all I’m very happy with it and still have it on display in my sofa.
For those interested, I did make the patterns available on the freebie-page.
We all love the quirky little things, so I wrote this little tutorial so that everyone able and willing also can make them.
Seeing as I love deer so much and how happy I was with my previous design, I decided to make a slightly more personal combination for my wedding sampler as we got married last year.
The latin proverb reads “Once a year one is allowed to go crazy”. As I told my husband about it he chuckled and said it was perfect.
The thread is 1-ply wool thread which I dyed myself some time earlier and had just been waiting for the perfect project to use it on.
The deer has apparently been my spirit animal for quite some time.
It started when we were testdriving our then new car. A wonderful Ford Mondeo stationwagon which we later named “The Madam”. It was the very first car we bought and we were over the moon. During the test drive, however, a doe running in panic across a field almost crashed into us. But luckily it turned away just in the knick of time.
I never thought much of this incident other than “woo, wildlife!” as I was not used to seeing a lot of the local wildlife despite having lived here half my life.
A couple of years later the Madam sadly couldn’t cope anymore and had to be sent to the everlasting Highway of Heaven.
At this point we were testdriving a Volvo c30. And as we were driving up a hill I’ve driven a thousand times before, all of a sudden a doe is running like a maniac across the road. I look to see where it came from and behold, a stag standing amongst the trees as bewildered and confused like the rest of us.
As we drive on I finally say “Well, now we have to buy the car. The deer has spoken.” And so we did. And we still have the car, and we’ve seen so much wildlife while driving it it’s unbelievable.
A deer is such a beautiful animal and I really loved putting this sampler together.
If you’re interested in buying the pattern you can find it in my shop here!
So I was watching True Blood.
I’ve seen parts of it before, but I was trying to binge because there were various parts I hadn’t seen before and provided me with a bit of context for things that was happening by the time I originally started watching.
During this time I was just playing with graph paper and some Staedtler pens I usually use for my bookcoloring.
And thus the Geometric Mandala No. 1 was created. I figured it looked too quirky to not stitch and see how it turns out.
If you like the Mandala, it’s now available in my shop here
On the island Zealand there are two distinct types of embroidery. One is called Hedebo embroidery. Hedebo embroidery covers several forms of white embroidery which originated in the Hedebo (heathland) region of Zealand, Denmark, in the 1760s. The varied techniques which evolved over the next hundred years in the farming community were subsequently developed by the middle classes until around 1820. They were applied to articles of clothing such as collars and cuffs but were also used to decorate bed linen.
The other type of embroidery was Skovbo and had its only peak in the mid-19th century before almost disappearing. The referance “Skovbo” meant it was tribute to the woodland areas of Zealand, Denmark. They were in two-tone colours (red & blue) with a variety of sampler motifs.
I’ve dawn up 2 samplers with this Skovbo technique in mind, both featuring birds as Zealand also has a very rich variety in birds. The second version includes poetry by John Keats.
You can find it in my shop here
The folk costumes of Denmark are all different, but contains little embroidery. However, one of the costumes from Amager does have some embroidery on their belt and so on, which is remarkably similar to a certain dutch technique.
Turns out the folk costumes of Amager in reality were clothing by the dutch immigrants that came to Denmark during the 1600s. And it has survived even to this day as the “Amagerdragt” are still being made and worn for those special occassions.
This sampler is made from those traditional patterns and you can find it in my shop here.