As I mentioned, I truly love borders and often have gone out of my way to include them in projects. However, borders don't always need to be pieces of art on their own.  There are so many everyday stitches that serve as great borders, as they can fill large and small spaces alike.  The first example is the tried and true Reverse Basketweave.

The beauty of a "simple" border stitch is there is no need to worry about the corners, as I've discussed in a few posts this month.  The pattern will carry through the border.  Another great example is the Diagonal T stitch.

Both of these stitches are subtle borders that are easy to stitch.  They are also scalable to almost any size border.

Also, just a friendly reminder that virtually any square or rectangular stitch is a great basis for a border.   The first example is the Smyrna Cross.

You could revisit any of the square stitches I shared with you in January.  They can be repurposed into borders, as already illustrated by the Split Square border earlier this month. Another example is the Tied Crosses.

Or the Whimsy Squares for a border over three rows.

And last, but certainly not the least, is the Diamond Border.  

I think you get the idea by now.  :)

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I hope you enjoyed the month of borders!  It was fun for me to do and there are some borders I now can't wait to add to some current projects!