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Mon, Aug 13, 2007 12:14 PM
Posted by Judi
Can anyone explain to Me what a biscornu is? They are really nice but I do not understand if they have a specific use or are just decorative. Judi
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    Reply from  Anita
    Tuesday, August 14, 2007 8:29 AM
    The following is a definition of a biscornu I found online. To me, they appear to be decorative only.

    "Biscornu are small pillows, made from squares by offsetting the corners of the squares, whip-stitching them together, and stuffing them, so that they form a kind of puffy, eight-pointed pillow. In the middle of the resulting pillow, a button or trinket is usually sewn, pulling the two sides of the pillow together." Written By: Mary Corbet

    Here are a couple of examples from gallery owners:

    Anita Go to top

    • Reply from Judi
      Tuesday, August 14, 2007 8:41 AM
      Thanks anita. I had just recently started seeing pictures of them online and I was like "HUH?" (lol) Judi Go to top
  • Reply from Linda M
    Friday, August 17, 2007 3:34 AM
    I have yet to stitch one. One group I belong to has made them for pin cushions. If done on higher count fabric they can become a siscior keep. They are currently doing a Christmas biscornu, add a loop and it becomes a Christmas ornament. Go to top
  • Reply from KateDonovan
    Saturday, August 18, 2007 3:37 AM
    Biscornu is just a French word for "irregularly-shaped". They are popular to use as smalls for pincushions, or ornaments.

    But they can also be made into a normal pillow size. In fact, the shape makes them perfect for filling that space in the lower back when sitting in a a chair or carseat for long periods. Here are the best instructions I've found for actually assembling a biscornu, and include great photos!

    Kathy in WA Go to top