How to stitch the outline of a biscornu

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If you’re stitching something that has to be assembled biscornu style, and you hate having to count those endless stitches to make sure your square IS STILL a square by the time it’s done, then here’s a really cool trick for you!

That dreaded backstitch outline. Often stitched white on white (some designers just don’t have any consideration for their stitchers, do they 😉 !! Ooops, so sorry… really 😉 !) How are you supposed to see those stitches, never mind count them!? And if you make a mistake at the start, you’ve had it, and you’ve got to do it all over again… Grrrr…  Been there too, don’t worry. I model stitch my own designs 😉 !! You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve had to start over again. Usually that involves a fair amount of swearing…

So I tried concentrating better… no chance. I did NOT try drawing the grid on the fabric with those funky pens that vanish (my faint heart wouldn’t take it, should those lines fail to fade or should they somehow come back to haunt me…!!). I tried stitching a single strand of contrasting thread every 10 stitches… and decided it was way too much hassle to have to stitch 2 outlines, one of which was going to have to be taken out at the end anyway… what a waste of time! And that’s when it hit me:

WHY ditch the second outline!?

Those graduations are really useful even when you’ve finished stitching and you’re assembling the biscornu (or humbug, or whatever else). Fair enough, we can’t keep a contrasting thread in there, because it’ll show, so you see what I’m getting at? That’s right, a 2-in-1 solution 🙂 You stitch the graduation AND the backstitch outline TOGETHER, on the outside, so it doesn’t show when assembled, and you don’t have to unpick it!!! Winner 🙂 !!

Here is goes:

1. Use the loop method (explained HERE) to start your backstitch line, and begin with a vertical stitch (over 4 strands of fabric). Then stitch 5 normal backstitch stitches:

Outline tutorial

2. Stitch 1 vertical stitch (over 2 strands of fabric). That’s your 5s marker:

Outline tutorial

3. 5 stitches later, stitch another vertical stitch (over 4 strands of fabric), that’s your 10s marker. Etc… You’re basically stitching a ruler 🙂

Outline tutorial

4. And you keep going until you’ve finished the outline!! To stop the backstitch outline, you can use the method explained HERE.

Outline tutorial

Those graduations will be there the whole time to help you assemble the biscornu (quite useful when you have to find the EXACT middle of one of the sides 😉 !!!), and they’ll be hidden inside the hems, once assembled.

If you found this tip useful, feel free to share it 🙂

How to stitch the outline of a biscornu

A few design ideas you may like, for which this outline method works really well:

Peacock Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Stitching Set

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PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Peacock stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.

Don’t just store your stitching tools – do it with style and panache! These designs feature proud peacocks and their glorious feathers, enhanced with beads and sequins.

£10.00
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Lizzie Stitching Wallet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lizzie Stitching Wallet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lizzie Stitching Wallet

PDF Pattern to stitch this beautiful and practical stitching wallet, either to keep inside your travel stitching bag, or to make an ever-so-special gift to a fellow stitcher. Folded, it’s no bigger than the hand, yet it’s big enough to hold a pair of scissors (11cm max), several needles, and small useful bits & pieces, such as a needle threader.

This design features hydrangea blooms and delicate Lisianthus flowers. It’s enhanced with special stitches, beads and mother-of-pearl sequins. Stitched and finished entirely by hand. No sewing machine required at any point.

£7.00
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Violet Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Violet Stitching Set
Violet Stitching Set

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PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Violet stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.
These designs feature delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£10.00
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Wisteria-Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Wisteria-Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Wisteria Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this biscornu as a pretty pin cushion, a useful paperweight, a lovely fragranced pomander, an elegant wedding ring cushion, or simply as an ornament!
This design features blooming wisteria and pretty butterflies, enhanced with sequins and beads.

£5.00
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Wild Rose Biscornu
Wild Rose Biscornu
Wild Rose Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this elegant biscornu. This design features wild roses and fruits, and it’s beautifully enhanced with beads and a dainty decorative border.

£5.00
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Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu

Pattern to stitch this pretty biscornu. It can be used as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a fragranced pomander, an elegant wedding ring cushion, or simply as an ornament!
This design features delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£5.00
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Lilac Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Lilac Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Lilac Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Lilac stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.
These designs feature beautiful lilac flowers and busy bumblebees, enhanced with special stitches, beads, sequins and silver thread.

£10.00
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Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this striking biscornu pin-cushion – don’t just pin your needles, do it with style and panache!
This design features a proud peacock and his glorious feathers, beautifully enhanced with beads and sequins. Once assembled, this biscornu is about 10.5 x 10.5 cm (4″) wide and 4 cm (1.5″) thick.

£5.00
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Once Upon a Rose Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Once Upon a Rose Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Once Upon a Rose Biscornu

Pattern to stitch a soft & dreamy biscornu as a wedding ring cushion, or (without the ribbon & wedding rings) as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a fragranced pomander, or even simply as an ornament! This design would also make a very pretty Mother’s Day gift.
Once assembled, it’s about 10 cm (4″) wide and 5 cm (2″) thick.
This design features a wreath of white roses and buds, and it’s enhanced with beads and sequins for a stunning sparkly finish.

£5.00
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Snowdrop Biscornu
Snowdrop Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Snowdrop Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this biscornu with delicately arranged snowdrops, enhanced with special stitches, silver thread, white beads and mother-of-pearl sequins.

£5.00
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Cornflower Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Cornflower Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Cornflower Biscornu

Pattern to stitch this pretty biscornu as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a pomander, or simply as an ornament!
This design features cornflowers in bloom, and it’s enhanced with special stitches, beads, and golden thread.
Once assembled, it’s about 10 cm (4″) wide and 4 cm (1.5″) thick.

£5.00
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Lavender Sachet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lavender Sachet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lavender Sachet

Pattern to stitch this stylish lavender sachet and its matching fob.
This design features tied posies of lavender with blue butterflies, and it’s enhanced with silver beads, and special stitches.

£4.00
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One Response

  1. […] My first task is to stitch the outlines. Faby has a great system for this. The pieces are all edged with a line of back-stitches which are then used to whip-stitch the wallet together. By stitching a single stitch out every 5 stitches and two stitches every ten, you are stitching a ruler as you go. For people like me who struggle with long-distance counting, it’s perfect, all these extra stitches will be on the inside once the wallet is complete. Faby has a great tutorial on this, just follow the link. […]

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