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Uses for a cross stitch border
A good pattern for a versatile cross stitch border is invaluable. The more you use it the more uses you find for it. A gift with an added little border, many of them are only a few stitches, gives the receiver a warm fuzzy feeling. To them it is touching that you spent that extra little bit of time to do this special thing for them. Besides a little extra stitching makes your project a one of a kind item.
So, no matter whether you are making a gift, adding to a home décor item or piece of clothing for yourself, a border will add that extra something. What can you add a border to? Well, the simple answer is - just about anything. I'm going to give you a more involved answer. I'm giving you a list of suggestions.
Borders will go beautifully on:
- Baby items - burp pads, baby blankets, bib's, baby towels,they are great for embellishing baby clothing.
- Bed linens are also an area to use borders effectively - blankets, sheets, and pillow cases.
- Home Décor, there are hundreds of places to use a border here - In the kitchen you can decorate kitchen curtains, kitchen towel, pot holders, table runners, table clothes, cloth napkins, place mats, dish towels, even dish clothes. In the living room - curtains, pillows, table scarves, throws.
- Clothing - Borders are great to add at the bottom edge of a shirt or blouse. They also look nice at the neckline of a blouse or plain tee shirt, not to mention the button placket of a blouse, or along the top edge of a pocket. A border is a wonderful cover up for a line that is left behind when you lengthen a hem on a pair of pants. A pair of jeans obtain a designer look when a small border is added to the top edge of the back pocket or running down the outside seams.
- Crafting- a pretty little border stitched on a piece of aida cloth and attached to a pre-made mat for a photograph is a wonderful gift for someone special. Adding a border to a handmade stitched ornament with a special saying is also a great personalized gift. If you quilt, adding a small border to a few of the quilt squares will make the quilt uniquely yours. You can also add a border to the outside edge of the quilt.
Now that I have given you a few ideas I know you will come up with a ton more on your own. I searched the Internet to find a few websites that offer free border patterns. I will happily share them with you. I hope you like the as much as I do. Happy stitching.
I found 8 versatile borders on this website. They are a good variety that can be used for embellishing ornaments, frame matting, quilts, clothing, and home décor. The selections are: star stitch, daisy trellis, Halloween trio, brown and blue, solid heart, small oval, meandering path and small flower
On this website I found 5 separate sets of border patterns. Each set contained several patterns that are good to use on clothing, crafting and home décor. The selections are: 3 sets of miscellaneous patterns ( floral), 1 page of heart borders and 2 pages of geometric patterns.
This site has a beautiful array of free patterns both for border and for wall art use. It is very diversified. It also contains a section of free sayings. If you are looking for a patterns for a saying to put on a pillow,, towel, pot holder and other interesting items this is the site for you.
Add Small Accents To Your Border
Now that you have some border patterns to choose from it's time to talk about adding those special little touches to your border.
I am sure you are asking, in your mind of course, what can I add to my stitching? Well, I am hear to tell you, there are many things you can add to make your stitching your own.
Lets start with what you can place on an item that will be washed frequently such as a blouse, a pair of socks, or anything you wear. Buttons added to the center of a flower is one simple way to dress it up.
Adding beads is another way of adding your touch to your stitching and absolutely dressing it up. You don't have to load it with beads, one every now and then is an easy way to dress up an outfit. The good part of using beads is there is such a big variety off them out thee. You should be able to find the perfect one to add to your work.
For things that are not washed frequently there are tiny silk flowers, little specialty shaped bead (tea pots, animals, and so forth). Add these little items to pillows, curtains, holiday towels, anything else you want to dress up.
Take a walk around a craft store and you will see so many different things to add to your stitching. Before you know it you will have so many ideas that you won't have the time to use them all.
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© 2010 Susan Hazelton