Woven Border Stitch

Count 65 wide x 65 high Woven Border was worked in cross stitch over two threads using two strands of Rajmahal Art. Silk on an 18 cm (7″) square of 32 count Natural Belfast Linen. The needlework was laced onto a piece of cardboard padded with batting/ wadding, cut slightly smaller than the lid of the wooden box. A twisted cord was made in a matching colour using one full skein of Rajmahal Art Silk and this was then sewn onto the edge of the laced needlework. The laced needlework was then stuck to the lid of a craft wood box using double sided tape. Prior to mounting the needlework, the box was sanded and stained with Wattyl Colorwood Wood Stain Walnut Brown and then sealed with polyurethane. Three Ways to Turn A Corner Using the same design, we have shown you  three different ways to make a border turn a corner. 1.    The center chart below shows the borders butted up against each other. This Is the easiest way to work a four sided border 1.    Bottom left shows the corner section filled in with a box using colours from the overall design. To achieve this effect you must finish and start each side of the border symmetrically, to match each other. 2.    Bottom right shows the corner section with a little adaptation of the chart to fill in the corner. You may have to turn one of the borders upside down and lrnprovise a little to achieve a pleasing join. Although we have used a simple design to illustrate turning corners, the above methods work well with more detailed designs also. To Weave A Border We have created the overall pattern by weaving the same border used for Three Ways To Turn A Corner’. To add a little depth to it we have also added a little shading where the borders overlap. This is not difficult and it only means going one or two shades darker than the colour (s) you will be using to stitch the border with. Fine tune your design by lining up the grid lines on the blank graph and the border graph, check that the spacing is accurate and securely stick the strips down with tape or glue. Use this as your chart. If you wish to add extra shading, highlight the two rows where the border goes under another border and stitch these one or two shades darker. You can use one or more borders to weave an overall pattern. To make a diagonal pattern you will have to use borders charted diagonally.

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