Sharing a hand embroidery pattern Today. It can be used as a floral border. It is designed by me for my readers and free for non commercial use. Border designs can be repeated along a line. They used to be used on items such as table cloths and tray cloths etc but today stitchers are more likely to use them on cushion. For instance this placed off centre running down the side of a cushion would have a very contemporary touch. Another place you see border designs is on items such as bags purses and totes. Of course crazy quilters often adapt border desings to add to seam on crazy quilt block.
The main lines of the design could be worked using surface embroidery stitches using back stitch, chain stitch, whipped chain stitch or stem stitch. The flowers could be filled with a stitch such as Satin Stitch or Outlined Satin Stitch.
Follow the links to tutorials if you need information on how to work these stitches.
For this design I would choose a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle #8 or #5.
Click on the image to see a larger version which you can save to your desktop for use. Scale the pattern in graphic program to fit the project you choose. If you need to know how I would transfer this pattern to fabric, I have a tutorial on how to transfer embroidery designs to fabric.
I hope you enjoy stitching my hand embroidery pattern for a floral border.
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.