Monday, February 10, 2014

Chess Biscornu Pattern - Freebie

This biscornu pattern reminds me of kings and queens on a chess board. The link below the image will open a free PDF pattern for you to use, with full color chart and instructions. Best wishes and happy stitching!

Each motif on the biscornu is a historical piece from my research into blackwork & embroidery of the 1600's in Europe. I worked this design on the reverse side of my pattern 'Juliet's Garden', which you can find on my Etsy site Rainburst Embroidery.

The pattern is 59 x 59 stitches - which is about 4.25 inches square when you use 28 count linen or 14 count Aida.

The fun thing about monochromatic patterns? The chance to use a variegated thread in any color you like. I find myself admiring the most amazing floss colors in the store - but may not have a pattern specifically for that color. So, I like having the chance to work with those high-quality threads on a small project. This is a good one for beginners who are new to even-weave linen. It can be tricky to get used to. But because this pattern is made up of smaller motifs, it's a little easier to keep track of where you are!


  1. Beautiful biscornu !
    But the link is wrong. Can you upload it once again.
    Thanks a lot.

  2. I love the biscornu but the link is to a calendar page!

  3. Merci pour ce joli biscornu.
    J'aime beaucoup.

  4. Ce biscornu est superbe par contre le lien pour accéder au PDF gratuit ne fonctionne pas. Serait-il possible de le recevoir par mail. Merci.

  5. Love that pattern of embroidery digitizing. Thank you for the link. That pattern is also good in pdf file. thank you very much.