Fish pond cushion/pincushion pattern + cat bonus :)

A nice and small design with two fishes to make a biscornu pincushion (tutorial: what is a biscornu and how to make it) or a square motif for decoration. Today I drew inspiration from traditional Japanese fish ponds (koi ponds) and the yin-yang symbol.

Did you know? The design of such pond can have effect on the health of the carps in it.

Fish pond pincushion pattern
Stitch count: 49 x 49

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How to make a biscornu pincushion

How to make a Biscornu A biscornu (pronounced biss-core-new) is an eight-sided stuffed pincushion with French origins. The name literally means ‘two-horned’, though I found four horns on mine 🙂 It may look intricate and irregular, but in fact it’s really easy to make. This photo tutorial will guide through the process step by step.

Biscornu materialsMaterials. You will need:
– a square cross stitch pattern (or two if you want your biscornu to have different pictures on top and bottom). I found it easier to use motifs with even number of stitches.
– some canvas enough to stitch your pattern twice
– stuffing material (I used fiber pillow fill)
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