How to hand embroider Portuguese Border Stitch

Portuguese Border Stitch forms a highly textured braid like stitch, which is a heap of fun to work. With this stitch you can also change threads when you work the top layer.

The stitch forms good ridge and is ideal to use for strong lines or stacked side by side to produce a textured area.You can work Portuguese Border Stitch on the curve by changing the angle of the foundation stitches and I like the spacing created up the centre of the stitch as it is easy to place a bead in the middle to add a little extra zest.

how to work Portuguese border stitch step 1
My sample was worked in perle 5 for the foundation stitches and perle 3 for the whipping stitches.
The stitch is worked from bottom to top. Note the needle does not pierce the fabric you are whipping the foundation stitches. Use a tapestry need for the second part of the stitch. This way you will avoid accidentally splitting the foundation threads.

Work a foundation of a row of straight stitches. Don’t work them too tight as these stitches will be laced with a second thread.

how to work Portuguese border stitch step 2 Bring the thread out at the bottom left of the first rung.
Take the needle over the second rung and pointing the needle to the left take it under that rung.
Pull the needle through so that the thread will loop around and under the first and second rung.

how to work Portuguese border stitch step 3On the second stitch take the needle over the second rung and pointing the needle to the left take it under that rung. You now have two stitches laced over the first and second rung.

Take the needle over and thread it under the third rung keeping the needle pointing to the left.

how to work Portuguese border stitch stepPull the needle through and a thread will loop over the second and third rung
Take the needle over the third rung and pointing the needle to the left take it under that rung.
Take the needle over and thread it under the fourth rung keeping the needle pointing to the left.
Pull the needle through and a thread will loop over the third and fourth rung.
Repeat up the ladder of foundation stitches.
how to work Portuguese border stitch step 5Continue to the top.
The pattern is over two rungs, over one rung, and move up the ladder. Or think of it as whip two (to start), whip one and up one.
how to work Portuguese border stitch step 6
With Portuguese Border Stitch tension is important. Keep the whipping loose enough that the foundation stitches do not distort.
Bring the needle out at the bottom again to commence the right side of the band.
Work a second row of whipping, by repeating the process only angle your needle to the right as you work.

I hope you enjoy Portuguese Border Stitch!

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26 Responses to How to hand embroider Portuguese Border Stitch

  1. Ash says:

    Another interesting stitch!!
    I will use this on my stitch book cover..Thank you Sharon!!

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I am catching up on this stitch, the details are here-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2012/47-portuguese-border-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  3. Debbie says:

    My Portuguese Border stitch (late, I know…) can be viewed at:
    http://debbies-doings.blogspot.ca/2012/12/tast-week-47.html

  4. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    Portugese border stitch

    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/first-ever-cq-block?context=album&albumId=2105845%3AAlbum%3A381516
    My first ever feeble attempt at a crazy quilt block :))
    Must try harder! Strangely I find working on already patterned fabric very offputting.
    Barbara

  5. Annet says:

    Just in time for the next stitch. I enjoyed experimenting with the Portuguese border stitch again. I used different threads and combined it with other stitches. I wrote about the details on my blog:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2012/11/portuguese-border-stitch.html
    The complete sampler is here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28957501@N04/8220076971/

  6. Isabelle says:

    Here is my wotk for this week. I am a bit late, but a had few time to stitch this week.
    http://pierrespapiersciseaux.blogspot.fr/2012/11/tast-47-point-de-bordure-portugais.html

  7. Bernice Odom says:

    The Portugese Border stitch was a neat stitch and went faster than I expected with having 3 parts to it. See mine at http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

  8. Claudia says:

    I like this stitch and I’m sure to use it frequently in the future. Thank you , Sharon and thanks to all for sharing their great examples!
    Here is my exercise: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/11/tast-47-portuguese-border-stitch.html

  9. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, my post. Thank you all!
    http://embroiderland.blogspot.com.br/

  10. Diane says:

    Only one space open in my hexagon ball of stitches.
    http://yarngoddess.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/one-space-left/
    I’ll have to go back to my first 2012 cloth and search for space there … or start something new!

  11. Lucy Landry says:

    I couldn’t resist starting yet another project just to make good use of this stitch.
    http://playfulstitching.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/portuguese-border-stitch/

  12. nancilyn says:

    Couldn’t resist more variations, outer lacing and coral stitch, also different threads/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/playswithfibers/8208549149/in/photostream

  13. Nancilyn says:

    I put some woven centered samples on my Flickr site.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/playswithfibers/8206972642/in/photostream

  14. Brigitte Otto says:

    At first glance I didn’t have any idea what to do with it but then I knew 🙂
    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/portugueseborder
    Thank you again, Sharon for this chance to learn and create.

  15. Shami Immanuel says:

    Sharon
    Here I have shown my work for this week’s challenge.
    http://shamiatcraft.blogspot.in/2012/11/tast-2012-week-47-portuguese-border.html

  16. Angela says:

    Definitely an attractive stitch. Thanks for showing me how to do it! http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/

  17. Annet says:

    Here’s my weekly post with old Portuguese border stitches:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2012/11/old-portuguese-border-stitches.html
    My TAST 2010 sampler with more experiments is here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28957501@N04/4467415078/

  18. This looks like a fun and interesting stitch. It’s another new one to me. Thanks!

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