This was a gift for a dear friend of mine. I had a heck of a time getting good pictures of this biscornu. I took pictures inside and out, near and far, and was never satisfied. Here’s the scan of the finished stitching, which shows an accurate depiction of the colors:
Deciding you want to stitch a gift for a friend is the easy part. Then you have to decide on a design and make color choices. It was sweet agony, but I love my final choice. At first I was trying to decide on two color choices. I think using the floss the way I did, letting the colors flow randomly in parts, and stitching very deliberately on the butterflies and a couple spots on the bottom worked out beautifully.
I named this “Spice Willow.” While I was stitching, I was loving contrast between the icy blue linen and the spicy floss. My mantra while stitching was “Ice/spice, ice/spice, icy/spicy…” Then I remembered that the name of the top pattern was Japanese Willow. A biscornu was dubbed. So, I name my biscornus sometimes. I love them, I can’t help them.
As it turns out, the pattern in question is *not* named Japanese Willow. It merely reminded me of Japanese Willow patterns. It’s actually a motif from The Gift of Stitching magazine’s Chinese Blue & White Embroidered Bag. Not Japanese at all. My friend’s nom de web is Tiger Willow, so perhaps that’s why I got confused. My brain, she is smarter than me. 😉 At any rate, I named it, and I’m not changing it.
I love this picture so much!
Stitched on 32-ct Little Boy Blue linen with Thread Gatherers Silk ‘N Colors Turkey Feathers floss, 2 over 2.
Top design taken from Chinese Blue & White Embroidered Bag by The Gift of Stitching, from issue 13 (Feb ’07). I flipped the butterflies upside down from the original design. The bottom design is from Alchemy Stitchcrafts’ Oriental Plum sampler. I switched out the corners from the original design for part of the motif from the top design. The butterflies, purple motifs on the bottom and initials/date were sequenced. Other motifs were stitched randomly. Embellished with 4mm River Silks ribbon.