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A biscornu is a small, 8-sided, stuffed ornamental pincushion. It usually made out of Aida cloth or linen.[1] Embroidery,hardanger, and/or cross-stitch are used to decorate the top and bottom of the cushion. A button is typically secured in the center of the cushion to give a small depression on the top. Beads, tassels and other objects can decorate the biscornu.[1] They are typically able to fit in the palm of your hand. The name is derived from the French adjective, biscornu, meaning skewed, quirky or irregular.


  1. ^ a b Watts, Bobbie (January 2012). Teach Yourself to Make Biscornu (Leisure Arts #5406). Leisure Arts. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-60900-122-3. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 

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