Decorative border stitches
There are many beautiful hand embroidery border designs you can use on the borders of shawls, dress hems, handkerchiefs, sleeve hems, necklines, saree borders – I have just listed some of my favourites. They are made by combining some basic embroidery stitches like the lazy daisy stitch, running stitch and blanket stitch. When these simple stitches are combined together and worked in beautiful coloured thread the work takes on a different beauty altogether
The embroidery borders given here can be used on its own as a single row or made into two or three rows . You can add some more embellishments like beads, sequins to make them more pretty. The whole list is a suggestion and meant to tickle the creativity in you to combine and create more designs suitable for working on borders
Hand embroidery border designs
Open Cretan stitch border
Cretan stitch is done and then detached chain stitch or lazy daisy stitch is made above and below.
Eyelet stitch border
Here Algerian eyelet stitch is done alternatively in two or three rows to make a pretty border. You can add a bead to the center of the eyelet
Looped arrow head stitch Border design
An arrowhead stitch is done first and then a contrasting coloured thread is looped through the head on top and bottom. Work more rows of this stitch for a better effect.
Butterfly chain stitch Border design
Butterfly stitch is done with chain stitch .
Rose Bush border
Mexican stitch border
This stitch is made by lacing thread through rows of running stitches. You have to work atleast 5 rows for this border to work effectively
Flower chain border
This border is made by making detached chain stitch flowers with french knot center and 3 fly stitches made in between
Lazy daisy border
Lazy daisy stitches are combined with laced running stitch
Blanket stitch border
Blanket stitch is worked in a row ( You can also make graded blanket stitch – checkout how to do variation of blanket stitches) and eyelet stitch flowers are added.
Herringbone Stitch Border
A tied herringbone stitch is done here. Checkout the tutorial to do a herringbone stitch
Double chevron stitch
Chevron stitch is worked in two rows to make this beautiful border. Beads or sequins can be placed in the center. Checkout the tutorial to do chevron stitch
Maiden hair border
Maiden hair stitch is combined with french knots to make this creeper border design
Gift Box Border
Border of Pretty boxes – Four sided stitches are combined with bows made of lazy daisy stitches here . Checkout the tutorial to make a four sided stitch