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Using Basic Stitches to Make Border Designs
Borders are an excellent way to frame a stitched phrase or finish off a smaller motif. And beautiful embroidered borders don't always require complicated patterns.
All you need to do is look to some of your favorite stitches (or perhaps a few new ones you'd like to learn!) and put them together! It only takes two or three different stitches and a whole new border is born.
They can be used as a frame on all four sides of a square or rectangle, as a line above and below a design, or along the hem of... table linens any other items. You can even embroider many designs on a curve.
What follows is a collection of five stitch combinations for you to try. But that's just the beginning! Try making your own borders with the stitches you love!Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Xs and Faux
It's helpful to start with guide lines drawn on your fabric for the top and bottom of the sheaf stitches. After some practice, you should be able to stitch them consistently and probably won't need the lines.
Stitch the sheaf stitches with about 1/4" between each stitch. Stitch a cross stitch between each.
Alter the size and spacing of your stitches to create a different look. You can also add another color to this by making the... horizontal line on the sheaf stitches another shade.
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Fly Stitch Brackets
Alternate stitching the fly stitches in different directions. You can space them so they are touching or so there is some room between them.
Add a french knot in the "brackets" made with the fly stitches.
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Stitch a line of herringbone stitch, then add lines of running stitch in the gaps. Two stitches should fit nicely between each section of the herringbone.
Try working this with tied herringbone or adding other stitches for a more detailed design.
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Start with a line of chain stitching. Alternating on each side of the chain, embroider a french knot centered above or below each "link" of the chain.
Add a cross stitch between each french knot.
You can also stitch this with the french knots and cross stitches only on one side of the chain stitching. This is especially good for embroidering the border on a curve.
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Filled Zig Zag
For a fuller border, combine open cretan stitch and ermine stitch.
Embroider a line of open cretan stitch. In each space, add an ermine stitch, with the top of the stitch extending past the edges of the open cretan stitch.
Try making the stitches different sizes and proportions. Leaving more space around the ermine stitches will give it a airier look, while keeping things tight will look more dense.