Randomness

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.  :)

These stitch diagrams, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on www.pinterest.com/whimsicalstitch/whimsicalwednesday.  

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If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for seasonal Melissa Shirley designs.  21 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Beetle Border

This week covers a border six rows wide (unintended pun).   It's the skinny version of the Beetle Stitch.

Just as I took a stitch designed for columns (or a border) and exploded it into a background, here I took what I traditionally use as a background stitch and repurposed it as a border.

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Since this is a straight stitch, the pattern is self contained in each column, meaning you stitch from upper corner to lower corner.  You create mitered corners to make a clean transition from vertical to horizontal columns.  The bright turquoise line in the diagram illustrates the mitered corner, the diagonal seam that joins the left border with the bottom border.  

In the example, the border is six rows wide (or tall, depending on direction).  This means the full pattern begins on the sixth row.  Rows 1-5 (in the corners) are used to create the diagonal seam illustrated above.   

I recommend that your horizontal columns match, meaning they have the exact same pattern on the same rows.  The same goes for your vertical columns.  Once you lay in the pattern for the first column of each direction, the pattern is set.  For this stitch, there's no rule of what stitch to start with...start with the sequence that makes you comfortable.  Just make a note (in the way that works best for you) illustrating what row and what length stitch you started with so you can match it in the other corresponding column.

The stitched sample on Instagram illustrates a Beetle border with brightly metallic contrasting threads, specifically Flair and Shimmer Ribbon.   

This stitch diagram, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on www.pinterest.com/whimsicalstitch/whimsicalwednesday.  

Be sure to follow whimsicalstitch.com on FacebookPinterestInstagram, and Twitter.

If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for seasonal Melissa Shirley designs.  21 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

Enjoy!

 

Go Wide!

This week moves to a slightly wider border, specifically five rows wide.  

My go-to recommendation for borders this size is my 5X5 standard, the Split Square.  Here, you alternate directions to create a column.

The bright green and yellow corner is a safeguard for you.  By doing the four corners of the overall border separate from the overall border stitch, you avoid heartbreak if the row count (either horizontally or vertically or both) isn't divisible by five*.

This means each of the four columns (two horizontal and two vertical) of the border are separate items.  I recommend you start each vertical column at the top and compensate at the bottom just above the corner.  For each horizontal column, start at the left and compensate on the right hand side.

* It's lovely to think that any of us will take the time to count out the rows, both on the horizontal and the vertical.  Typically (and honestly), I do not have the patience because I am so excited to be starting a new stitch or I am so over the piece that I just want to be done with it.  

Case in point (and confession time):  The perfectly matched border on my Red Cottage pillow was a freak of nature.  I didn't count.  I just started doing it without even thinking.  I was very, very lucky.  Remember, handpainted canvases are just that...handpainted.  There will be variations between individual canvases of the same design.  Sometimes that is a single row.  And a single row in either direction would have changed that border completely.  Hence, my advice for doing corners differently than the primary border stitch.

The diagram above is colored for clarity.  You can mix colors, as illustrated, or use different threads with the same color value.  Regardless of color, I typically use a matte thread for the two rectangles, such as Vineyard Silk or Silk & Ivory, along with a metallic thread for the center row.   The center stitch of the center row is a way to add an accent, whether it is a bead or a different color thread.  Doing the center row in one color and type thread provides a far less dramatic look.   

These stitch diagrams, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on www.pinterest.com/whimsicalstitch/whimsicalwednesday.  

Be sure to follow whimsicalstitch.com on FacebookPinterestInstagram, and Twitter.

If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for seasonal Melissa Shirley designs.  20 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

Enjoy!