Weird Words But Not Weird Things

Some things have really weird names, don’t they? Words and names are borrowed from other languages so are almost pre-destined to sound peculiar. I wonder who decides which foreign words will be used in the english language? Is there someone closeted away in some far-off dusty garret, trawling through foreign language dictionaries, deciding which words are worthy of assimilation into english? Hmmm, I wonder…

Sorry, I got sidetracked there for a moment. Back to the main thrust of today’s post, which is my latest makes.

Last evening I was surfing the net when I came across a video on YouTube showing how to make a biscornu pin cushion. (“Biscornu” is an odd word, isn’t it? I have just looked in three dictionaries to find the meaning but it wasn’t in any of them.) I decided to have a go at making one. I had some precut squares which I thought would be ideal so I immediately   went upstairs and grabbed a couple. It is fiddly to stitch it together but you do end up with an interesting 3D shape. This is how mine turned out:

I have taken the photograph with the biscornu leaning on my brother’s old fireman’s helmet to give an indication of its size.

Having started the pin cushion last evening, I took it to the sewing group this morning to show them how to make one and completed it there.

Also at sewing group this morning, we completed our origami folded pouches that we had begun last week. And there we have our second strange word: origami. I know we are used to it but that doesn’t stop it being weird!

The pattern we used for the pouch was that which we used in the workshop I attended at the Adelaide sewing show. Here is the one I completed today:


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