Monday, July 23, 2012

A Bumble Bee Biscornu

Tomorrow night, at our weekly gathering with friends, I shall drink a toast to my first repeat customer. Repeat customers, as I found out in the past two days, not only give us pride and satisfaction, but can also spark our creativity. What starts as a simple transaction, ends as something much more.
In my case, a satisfied customer came back and asked for a biscornu with bumble bees - or dragonflies. Now, my first reaction was to start digging through a stash of patterns - for sure I could find something - but then, I thought: why not make my own chart? And so I did.
Here is the result.
Bumble Bee Biscornu
Materials: 16 Ct white Aida, DMC floss, buttons
Finished size: 2.5 in x 2.5 in

The border was "borrowed" from the Ladybug pattern, as I wanted it to be in the same style. But the bumble bees are all mine. As I was working on them, I had a children's song going through my head:

I'm catching up my baby bumble bee
Won't my mommy be so proud of me!
I'm squishing up my baby bumble bee,
Won't my mommy be so proud of me!

My daughter used to sing it when she was three. At the end, if I remember correctly, the bumble bee flies away. I was humming the song while stitching the stripes and the wings. I was thinking of how a five-year-old would see a bumble bee. In the end, I had a terrific mini-biscornu and a pattern. The biscornu went to the wonderful client.

The pattern I want to share with you. 

Over the past couple of years, I have used numerous patterns offered for free on stitching blogs. I figured it was my time to give back and contribute to the list of "free pattern" blogs.
I tried my best to make sure it is accessible, but please let me know if there are any problems with download... and let me know what you think!


  1. Very cute! I love the bumble bees :) Thanks for the pattern I am adding it to my stash for stitching in the future! :D

  2. Hi Katya5,

    I know nothing about sewing.

    But I really like the bumble bees too.

    Cool that they are your own, that you are sharing the pattern for free, and that you enjoyed all the work with a child's delight.

    Daniel Wilcox

  3. Shannon, thank you! Send me a finished picture when you have it, I would love to see.
    Dan, thank you!

  4. That is so pretty, clever you. And your blue and white sampler is beautiful..Thank you for your anniversary good wishes, we are very blessed.
    Chris xx

  5. So apart from everything else that goes on in a woman/wife/mother`s life, you not only cross stitch but design as well... plus you can work out how to attach your computerised design to your blog... AND you can sing nursery songs! Is there no end to your talents??? Love the biscornu, cute little bumble bees - no wonder your costumer was thrilled! xxx

  6. Yes, that's me - Jack of All Trades. :) No, not really. Thank you for your kind words, though.
    Ironically, attaching the image to the blog was the hardest part. I had to ask my DH for help - he is a computer programmer...


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