Victorian Borders of Embroidery



Victorian borders of embroidery are what make mundane linen pieces spectacular pieces of artwork. While it is important to learn a number of embroidery stitches, not so much depends on each individual stitch itself as on its adaptation by the worker. As can be seen below, the use of four simple stitches can produce a embroidered border fit for almost any occasion.

Many Victorian borders are created by the needleworker who has seen one she likes, and instead of copying it exactly, is inspired to use other combinations of colors and stitches.

Victorian border - floral for embroidery
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As can be seen in the diagrams below, many of the same stitches are used but in a different manner, creating totally different effects.

Victorian Border #1 for embroidery
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Victorian Border #2 for embroidery
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Victorian Border #3 for embroidery
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Victorian Border #4 for embroidery
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The border stitch below, used for crossing ribbon, can be worked without the ribbon (gray stripe indicates the ribbon) making a lovely design in itself and may be used in bars as a filler, or as headings, etc. By adding a simple ribbon to the embroidery, extra elegance is added.

Victorian Border for embroidery and ribbon
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While learning a number of stitches should be learned, there is no need to learn every embroidery stitch known to mankind to make an elegant Victorian border in embroidery. A few, well executed stitches, placed in a pleasing manner will result in a embroidered border than can be enjoyed for years to come.



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