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
- 1. Open Cretan stitch border
- 2. Eyelet stitch border
- 3. Looped arrow head stitch Border design
- 4. Butterfly chain stitch Border design
- 5. Rose Bush border
- 6. Mexican stitch border
- 7. Flower chain border
- 8. Lazy daisy border
- 9. Blanket stitch border
- 10. Herringbone Stitch Border
- 11. Double chevron stitch
- 12. Maiden hair border
- 13. Gift Box Border
- 14 Herringbone with star stitch
- 15 Beaded borders
- 16 Holbein stitch / Kasuti Embroidery
- 17 Chikankari border
- 18 Pattern Darning
- 19 Chicken Scratch Embroidery borders
- 20 French knot Border
- 21. Zardosi Border designs.
- 22 Rosette Chain Stitch Border
- 23 Fly stitch Border
1. Open Cretan stitch border
2. 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
3. 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 even number of rows of this stitch for a better effect.
4. Butterfly chain stitch Border design
Butterfly stitch is done with chain stitch .
5. Rose Bush border
6. 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
7. Flower chain border
This border is made by making detached chain stitch flowers with french knot center and 3 fly stitches made in between
You can substitute the flower with Bullion knot roses – checkout the tutorial to make bullions knot roses and some easy bullion knot stitch embroidery designs
8. Lazy daisy border
Lazy daisy stitches are combined with laced running stitch
9. Blanket stitch border
Blanket stitch is worked in a row ( You can also make graded blanket stitch – checkout how to do variations of blanket stitches) and eyelet stitch flowers are added.
10. Herringbone Stitch Border
A tied herringbone stitch is done here. Checkout the tutorial to do a herringbone stitch
11. 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
12. Maiden hair border
Maiden hair stitch is combined with french knots to make this creeper border design
13. Gift Box Border
Border of PrA borderoxes – Four sided stitches are combined with bows made of lazy daisy stitches here . Checkout the tutorial to make a four sided stitch
14 Herringbone with star stitch
A bead or french knot can be done on the middle of each flower .
15 Beaded borders
16 Holbein stitch / Kasuti Embroidery
Checkout the detailed post with tutorial to sew Holbein stitch / Kasuti embroidery stitch. Checkout the tank top pattern where this is used.
17 Chikankari border
Chikankari work which uses a number of stitches in its design makes a great border esign especially when made on sheer or thin fabrics. Checkout the tutorial for the chikankari embroidery work
18 Pattern Darning
Pattern Darning or the Japanese Kogin-zashi embroidery can make for beautiful embroidery patterns. Checkout the post on Pattern Darning for more details
19 Chicken Scratch Embroidery borders
This is a type of embroidery best suited for borders done on Gingham ( chequered fabric) A beautiful lacey effect can be worked by doing this embroidery. Checkout the tutorial to do chicken scratch embroidery here
20 French knot Border
French knots are very versatile. It can outline, it can fill embroidery designs, it can also give you simple but stunning borders. When worked in rows with complimentary colours they can look beautiful. Check out the tutorial to make the french knots
21. Zardosi Border designs.
You can do 3 dimensional borders with the help of metallic bullion thread in gold and silver. They make very striking and very ornate borders. You can combine any of the 10 stitches given in the zardosi embroidery work tutorial to create your border design.
22 Rosette Chain Stitch Border
Checkout the tutorial to make rosette chain stitch for more details on how to make this simple border. The rosette chain stitch is a variation of the twisted chain stitch
23 Fly stitch Border
Fly stitch, when made in several stacked rows, one row straight and the other row upside down, looks like a cross. This can be used as an easy to make pretty border when combined with a back stitch and french knots. Check out the tutorial for Fly stitch and its 7 variations for directions on how to do this stitch