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16 Beautiful hand embroidery { BORDER DESIGNS }

border designs

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

Cretan stitch is done and then detached chain stitch or lazy daisy stitch is made above and below.

hand embroidery border designs

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 

hand embroidery border designs

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 rows of this stitch for a better effect. 

hand embroidery border designs

4. Butterfly chain stitch Border design

Butterfly stitch is done with chain stitch . 

hand embroidery border designs

5. Rose Bush border

This border consists of french knot flowers, fly stitch stalk and detached chain stitch leaves

hand embroidery border designs

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

hand embroidery border designs

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 

hand embroidery border designs

8. Lazy daisy border 

Lazy daisy stitches are combined with laced running stitch 

hand embroidery border designs

9. 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.

embroidery border patterns

10. Herringbone Stitch Border

A tied herringbone stitch is done here. Checkout the tutorial to do a herringbone stitch

emboidery borders

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 

embroidery border stitch designs and patterns

12. Maiden hair border

Maiden hair stitch is combined with french knots to make this creeper border design

embroidery border patterns

13. 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

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

Bead embroidery stitches make the most beautiful border designs. Checkout this post on different ways to attach beads on fabric 

stitching beads on clothes

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.

tank top pattern

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