Pretty in Pink

I was never over the moon about Indigo Rose’s Pretty Pink breast cancer awareness biscornu…until I saw a shop model.  OMG, I thought it was to die for! So much smaller, so much cuter, so irresistible IRL!  I started stitching it as a karate project straight away.  And then…buttonhole bars.  A stitch I’d never even heard of before.  I tried to stitch it without a strong light or magnifying lens.  Well, I have clippy magnifying lenses for away-from-home stitching, but no strong light.  That didn’t go well.  I had no idea what I was doing, if I was doing it right.  It took awhile before I was brave enough to try again, this time at home under the daylight lamp.  I guess I was avoiding something else…cutting threads on Desiderata, maybe, you ask?  Yeah.  Probably so. ;o) 

I had a few false starts–three or four, I’m not sure–before I felt like I “got” what was going on.  I did a decent enough job for a fake-it-til-you-make-it attempt.  Actually, my initials and the date are, I think, the wonkiest part of this biscornu.  I did them on the diagonal so they’d be face up when you looked at them.  I’m glad you can’t see them under the tassels, because they’re uneven and unbalanced.  I arranged the biscornu on my table with the initials facing backward to prevent drawing attention to them.  I call the initials and year “vanity plates” b/c I think I’m funny. 

Pretty in Pink biscornu top 05.08

Pretty in Pink stitched.

Pretty in Pink Biscornu 05-08

I painted the pedestal white.  It’s an uneven paint job; I did that on purpose.  I used DMC 818 no.12 perle cotton for the tassels instead of the white perle cotton included in the kit.

Pretty in Pink

Vanity Plates!

Pretty in Pink breast cancer awareness biscornu kit
Designer: Catherine Strickler of Indigo Rose
Substitutions from kit supplies: used DMC 818 no.12 perle cotton for tassels instead of included white, painted pedestal white

Dragonfly Pond

Know what?  It’s actually possible to overstuff a biscornu.  I like my biscornus plump and full.  I went a little overboard with this one, and had a helluva time getting the center stitched.  I couldn’t pull it as tightly as I like to; it was stuffed too full.  This guy caused me tons of trouble.  I don’t love it any less.  I still love it bunches.  I’m glad to have it out of my hair, too.

What I’ve learned: 
OK, number 1: Don’t cut too close to the edge of the design before finishing! 
Number 2: Use my curved needle when stitching the pieces together.  It’s easier.  Don’t forget next time. *sigh* *shaking head*
Number 3: Stuff full, but don’t overstuff.  I will be sad.
Number 4: If embellishing with beads, use them when stitching the pieces together, not after.  That way they for certain won’t be uneven, which I hate.  Not so much that I can’t let things be. 🙂
Number 5: If you’re moved to name your biscornu, let everyone know: Yeah, “Dragonfly Pond!” How’d ya guess?

The Vitals:
Design: Dragonfly by Elizabeth’s Designs
Fabric: random green scrap of 32-ct linen, stitched 2 over 2
Floss: as charted, except for DMC 945, which was substituted for 948 *shrug* Close enough.  And I stitched the leaves symmetrically, rather than sequentially, b/c that’s the kind of hairpin I am. 😉
Monogram by Linda P Reeves of La Broderie, like I always do.

Now for the best part:  Plenty-lots-of pictures! 😀

dragonfly pond stitching 08.07

Re-stitching complete.

dragonfly pond biscornu  top 08.07

The top, with the included dragonfly charm.  The cool thing about this charm is that it has legs underneath.  I love it.

dragonfly pond biscornu side 08.07

The side, with added baby dragonflies, afluttering about the “pond.”

dragonfly pond biscornu bottom 08.07

The bottom.