Italian Border Stitch Tutorial

hand embroidered sample of Italian Border StitchItalian border Stitch is great for borders and edges. You can work this stitch where you would normally use buttonhole to finish an edge. Worked in a compact manner it forms a neat line with the knot re-enforcing the edge.

Since this stitch is actually a variety of fly stitch it is very versatile. Italian border stitch can also we worked in a line, arranged in patterns  or worked in a circle to create disk like flowers.

With this stitch you can easily add beads. Since the stitch can be opened out to form a V there is countless geometric patterns too. You can also use it to hold down a thicker thread or ribbon or weave a thin ribbon through the spokes.

I have also seen another variety of Italian knotted border stitch documented in Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches, Including Crewel by Marion Nichols, which has a second row of French knots worked along the top of the open sitches

hand embroidered sample of Italian Border stitch

How to work Italian Border Stitch

How to work Italian Border stitch step 1

Italian knotted border stitch is actually a variety of Fly stitch and you begin the stitch in the same way.

Bring the thread through the fabric out at the top and to the left of the line that is to be worked.

Insert the needle a small space along the line, level and to the right of where the thread first came out.

How to work Italian Border stitch step 2

With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric.

How to work Italian Border stitch step 3

Secure the stitch in position with a small knot.

To do this you need to wrap your working thread once around the needle and insert the needle at the base to tie down the stitch.

How to work Italian Border stitch step 4

As you pull the needle to the back keep the tension of working thread even by guiding the thread under your left thumb like you would a French knot.

How to work Italian Border stitch step 5

Continue along the row in this manner

How to work Italian Border stitch step 6

 




37 Comments

  1. Yes Sharon I would love TAST to continue I have learnt so much from doing a new st each week an really look forward to Tuesday. Thankyou for sharing your knowledge and all the great instructions each week.
    Doreen Parker

    Doreen Parker
    1. Yes you are right! I have fixed the Title and thanks for noticing. It is because I decided to add it to TAST and was not working from my list. I move away from my list and make mistakes. EEks!

      sharonb

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