Rhodes Butterfly Biscornu

Design: Rhodes Butterfly Biscornu
Size: 50w x 50h
Designer: Kell Smurthwaite, Kincavel Krosses


  • This design is copyright to Kell Smurthwaite and Kincavel Krosses
  • You may use, copy and/or share this design, and you may change it to your liking for your own use
  • You may not sell this design or use it to make up kits
  • You may sell the finished piece for charity, but you may not sell it commercially

Special Stitches:

  • Algerian Eyes*
  • Rhodes Square*
  • Rhodes Butterfly
  • Ray Stitch
  • French Knots
  • Back Stitch

* You can use either or both of these stitches in this design

Stitched by Kell Smurthwaite on sparkly tangerine 28-count linen in pink and orange floss

9 thoughts on “Rhodes Butterfly Biscornu

  1. I was wondering in inches how tall and wide this biscornu is? I do more embroidery than cross stitch. I have a tutorial on my blog for doing a biscornu although I was not happy with how the fabric joined. It was too loose and didn’t make for a nice seam.


    1. It depends entirely on the count of the fabric. For example, this design is 50 stitches by 50 stitches. Therefore, if you were to use a 25-count fabric and stitch the design over one thread, your biscornu will be 2 inches square, but if you stitch over two threads on the same fabric, it will be 4 inches square.

      Smaller biscornu are fiddlier to put together, so stitching a small design on a higher-count fabric will make it easier to put together. Also, using a softer fabric, rather than a stiff one, also, I usually find, makes getting the seams nice and tight a lot easier. However, the aspect that affects the seams most directly is stitch tension. You need a nice even tension throughout your backstitch border and you need to keep a good, even tension when pulling them together with the whipped stitch.

      I hope that’s of some help to you.


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