Embroidery Library
Borders and Corners

NEW THIS WEEK - July 21st, 2010


Living on the Edge with Borders & Corners!

Free Project Instructions!

Goodbye, plain ol' dish towels. So long and sayonara, solid skirts and shirts. Fare-the-well, somber napkins, placemats, tote bags, and pillowcases. New border and corner designs
are here, bringing spice, sass, and symmetry to your ward-
robe and home decor!

Bright colors blossom from bold wrought iron, adding a tasteful and contemporary look to the kitchen, dining room, bath, and closet. Art Deco, reminiscent of stained glass, adds bursts of color to quilts, coordinating pillow shams, and duvets.

Thumb through the pages of any home furnishing catalogue
and you'll see light and breezy leaves on absolutely everything - tea towels, bed linens, curtains, and lap quilts. Add lush, summery greenery to your embroidery projects with new
corner, border, and feature designs.

New to stitching borders? Learn
how to line 'em up nice and straight with this free tutorial!



Wrought Iron

These designs have the best of both worlds. They feature the classic wrought iron look, but also
have contemporary bursts of flower blossoms, inspired by the Art Deco art style. Dress up linens
for the table by stitching on placemats or a table runner.

Available in three sizes:
9.31"X3.54" and 5.99"X2.43" and 3.86"X1.47"

Tuck this charming corner onto a napkin, placemat, or even on the pocket of a shirt or jacket.

Available in two sizes:
4.81"X4.81" and 3.87"X3.87"

Make your morning ever-so glorious with this charming design on bath towels or bed linens.
Morning glories come in a variety of different colors, so stitch the flower in colors that match
your home decor, or personal taste.

Available in three sizes:
9.33"X3.53" and 6.00"X2.37" and 3.87"X1.47"

This sweet corner design is the perfect accompaniment to the above border design.
Stitch the border on a placemat, add the corner to a napkin! Stitch the border on
a bath or hand towel, add the corner to the wash cloth!

Available in two sizes:
4.82"X4.81" and 3.88"X3.87"

Irises in the bold and blocky Art Deco style are reminiscent of the fleur-de-lis, a classic
icon in home decor. It's so easy to change the colors of this design, and stitch the flower
in colors that match your bed, bath, kitchen, or dining room. And don't forget the closet, too!
Repeat a border on the bottom of skirts or dresses for a fashionable look.

Available in three sizes:
9.31"X2.95" and 5.99"X1.96" and 3.87"X1.23"

If you stitch the above border design onto a skirt or dress, then tuck this delightful corner
design onto the pocket, or the hip area. That makes a coordinated and fashionable look!

Available in two sizes:
4.81"X4.82" and 3.85"X3.86"

Cheerful, sunny daisies are perky on this wrought iron base. These daisies are white, stitched
out on cream felt, but make them sparkle and shine! Choose bright and bold colors to make them
"pop" off of muted tones. Or, stitch tone-on-tone for a subtle and understated look.

Available in three sizes:
9.33"X3.22" and 5.98"X2.30" and 3.87"X1.34"

Here's a new twist on an old favorite. Rotate this design counter-clockwise by 45 degrees, and
you have a beautiful spray! Rotate it clockwise by 45 degrees, and it's an arch!

The smaller size is sweet on the corner of a fabric napkin (or, make a v-shaped napkin ring!).

Available in two sizes:
4.82"X4.82" and 3.87"X3.86"

Art Deco

The Art Deco period was known for being bold, lavish, and opulent. The solid blocks of color
appear almost like stained glass in embroidery, making a striking statement on table linens,
bed linens, shirts, skirts, and dresses. Add the feature designs to bath towels or placemats,
tuck the borders on the edges, and place the corners on napkins or washcloths!

Available in three sizes:
6.94"X5.87" and 5.74"X4.87" and 3.88"X3.28"

  Available in three sizes:
7.13"X5.87" and 5.90"X4.87" and 3.88"X3.18"

A repeating Art Deco motif is a delightful embellishment to bath and table linens.
Change the colors in the design to match the colors in your kitchen, dining room,
bedroom, or bath!

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X3.29" and 5.99"X2.18" and 3.87"X1.35"

This Art Deco corner is charming on linen napkins and washcloths. Or, arrange in the
corners of a pillow! If you're looking for creative and classic uses for corner designs, visit
Kenny's Korner for ideas and inspiration.

Available in two sizes:
4.87"X4.91" and 3.88"X3.89"

Art Deco Hibiscus

One of the most popular summertime design motifs is the hibiscus. This saucy, sassy flower
is found on surfboards, board shorts, flirty skirts, towels - anything that can be found on or near
the beach is usually blooming with hibiscus flower prints.

The designs below pair the classic Art Deco style with this traditional harbinger of summer -
and the result is stunning! Bright bursts of pink with bold gold centers. Bring summer to your
embroidery projects with this classic combination!

Available in two sizes:
3.40"X3.86" and 2.21"X2.51"

This hibiscus border includes Art Deco blocks. Dark chocolate tones accent the bright pink
beautifully. Experiment with color and stitch the flower and the frame with hues that match
your home decor and taste!

Available in three sizes:
8.51"X2.90" and 5.98"X2.25" and 3.03"X2.04"

Pair this corner with the border above, and you'll be stitching flowery poetry! Think bath towel
sets, and tote bags for the beach!

Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.86" and 3.85"X3.86"

Art Deco Buttercup

The buttercup is such a sweet flower. Bright and cheerful with a sunny and summery
disposition. The following designs pair the personality of the buttercup with the classic
Art Deco style.

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.84" and 2.53"X2.51"

The "flat" bottoms in this border make it fun to position on the edge. Tuck it onto the
edge table runners and quilts - or on the hemlines of skirts and dresses.

Available in three sizes:
8.51"X2.07" and 6.00"X1.59" and 3.21"X1.46"

Sweet on pockets, washcloths, and napkins! Or, rotate 90 degrees
(three times) to form a diamond feature for a placemat or pillow sham.

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.87" and 3.86"X3.87"

Art Deco Tulips

Hearty, arty, and colorful! Bold tulips burst forth from Art Deco stems and leaves,
adding fashionable flair to shirts, tanks, and tees.

Available in two sizes:
3.71"X3.86" and 2.49"X2.60"

Leaning blossoms add an energetic and retro feeling to this border.
The stripes that overlap the leaves add a bit of "mad plaid" to the motif.

Available in three sizes:
8.51"X2.30" and 5.98"X1.92" and 3.09"X1.62"

So sweet on pockets and placemat corners! The diamonds on either end
add a classic and contemporary flavor.

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.85" and 3.87"X3.85"

Art Deco Frangipani

Not only is the frangipani flower fragrant and beautiful, but it's also a really fun word to say.
Can you say it without smiling? Not many people can. And, not many people can resist
the graceful petals, paired with Art Deco whirls and swirls. Choose colors for these designs
that match your personal taste and preference.

Available in two sizes:
3.50"X3.86" and 2.51"X2.76"

Frangipani blossoms whirl, swirl, and twirl with fun and funky Art Deco leaves and stems.
A graceful and elegant addition to towels and table linens.

Available in three sizes:
8.51"X3.14" and 5.99"X2.34" and 3.13"X2.21"

Rotate counter-clockwise by degrees for a geometric swag. Or, rotate clockwise by 45
degrees for a spray! However you use this design - whether you twist it and turn it, or
leave it alone - it's a great addition to your embroidery projects.

Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.87" and 3.85"X3.87"

Corner designs look great in...well, corners. Traditional placement includes linen napkins, placemats, and washcloths.

But don't stop there! Tuck them onto pockets, or twist and turn 'em to become focal points of pillow shams and quilt blocks. Kenny combed through the Stitchers Showcase to assemble creative and classic uses for corner designs.

He's also grouped some of the most popular projects that use corners, so you can get a lot of information, all in one place.
Click here to read more!

Floral Fantasy

The following designs were inspired by traditional Sari patterns. You'll see that inspiration come
through with the use of metallic threads to add sparkle and shine. In this design, the blossoms
bow and bed gracefully along with swirling and twirling stems.

Available in two sizes:
9.41"X4.28" and 6.00"X2.91"

A delicate border, with small and demure blossoms. Lovely on table linens and hemlines!

Available in two sizes:
9.42"X1.44" and 5.97"X1.03"
Smallest size also available in a split version with two files both smaller than:

The main flowers have been separated from the above designs, and are offered as
individual flowers. They're lovely accents to projects that feature the larger borders.


Available in two sizes:
2.65"X1.91" and 1.52"X1.10"

Available in two sizes:
2.63"X2.54" and 1.50"X1.45"
Available in two sizes:
2.63"X2.33" and 1.51"X1.34"

Welcome to the Jungle!

Flip through the pages of any home furnishings magazine, and you'll likely see bold leaf
motifs on anything and everything - tote bags, linen towels, sheets, pillowcases, duvets -
the great outdoors is fast becoming the great indoor design trend.

Available in two sizes:
3.87"X3.86" and 2.53"X2.53"

Repeat open and breezy leaf patterns on tablecloths and placemats for outdoor or indoor dining.

Available in three sizes:
9.46"X4.02" and 6.00"X2.56" and 3.48"X1.50"

Tuck this leafy corner onto shirt pockets, placemats, and napkins!

Available in two sizes:
4.87"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.86"

These leaf designs bring a Northwoods flavor, with classic shapes and extra swirls and twirls.
Delightful for cabin and rustic decor!

Available in two sizes:
3.86"X3.86" and 2.51"X2.51"

Delicate swirls and whirls are the background of this leaf trio border. The graceful
swoops and twirls bring energy to the design, mimicking the action of leaves during
a gentle breeze.

Available in three sizes:
9.46"X4.29" and 5.99"X2.81" and 3.86"X1.75"

This sweet and leafy corner design is fun on napkins, placemats, and pockets!

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.87" and 3.87"X3.88"

Sweet symmetry marks this leaf design. Half the leaf is filled with green,
and half is open, allowing the background fabric to peek through.

Available in two sizes:
3.83"X2.76" and 2.51"X1.81"

This border of leaves is composed of symmetrical stitching - half the leaf is left open so that
the background fabric peeks through. Experiment with colors to get an effect that matches
your home decor and personal preference.

Available in three sizes:
9.46"X3.98" and 5.98"X2.61" and 3.86"X1.63"

Sweet and graceful on corners of placemats, napkins - or put 'em on pockets!
Rotate counter-clockwise by 45 degrees for a small focal or feature design, too.

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.82" and 3.84"X3.81"

The slender leaf designs (pictured right) have delicate satin stitches and a lot of open areas, so they're best on linen or smooth cotton towels.

The heartier, symmetrical leaf designs (directly above) can be stitched on linen or smooth cotton, but also on terrycloth. The solid fills will hold the terrycloth down, and the open areas will allow the cloth to peek through.

Want more information about how to make stitching on towels a breeze? Click here for free project instructions!

Color Me Monochromatic!

Aqua-blue tones add a nautical flavor to these geometric designs. Are the points below
resembling a compass, or a rising star? Do the plumes remind you of splashing waves, or
Art Deco flair? The interpretation is up to you!

Available in three sizes:
5.87"X5.85" and 4.85"X4.84" and 3.84"X3.83"

  Available in three sizes:
6.58"X5.80" and 5.44"X4.80" and 3.85"X3.39"

The geometric pattern is repeated in this border. Stitch on table or bath linens!

Available in three sizes:
9.34"X3.01" and 6.00"X2.10" and 3.88"X1.27"

A coordinating corner is the perfect first mate to the above designs.

Available in two sizes:
4.85"X4.85" and 3.84"X3.84"

A Sequel to Swirly Borders!

For the past year, whirls, swirls, and twirls have been on everything -- shirts, skirts, T-shirts,
tote bags, purses. They've been a hot element for garments and home decor, too. And we're
no strangers to swirls ourselves, we love working with 'em. They're graceful, elegant, and
bring balance to a design.

You might remember the Savory Swirls that we made for the kitchen, and the Sew Many
Swirls for crafty and creative types. We heard that you loved them, and we were delighted to hear it!

Many of you asked for the swirls without the text, and wow - that's a fabulous idea.
Here they are, along with coordinating corners, too!
Mira Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.42"X2.37" and 5.98"X1.63" and 3.87"X0.98"

Mira Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
5.99"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.11"

Merope Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.42"X2.32" and 5.98"X1.54" and 3.88"X0.97"

Merope Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
5.54"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.40"

Nashira Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.74" and 5.98"X1.93" and 3.87"X1.13"

Nashira Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
5.24"X4.86" and 3.88"X3.60"

Albali Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.73" and 6.00"X1.19" and 3.88"X0.73"

Albali Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.00" and 3.75"X3.86"

Alhena Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.90" and 5.97"X1.33" and 3.87"X0.80"

Alhena Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.91" and 3.84"X3.88"

Capella Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.42"X2.04" and 6.00"X1.44" and 3.87"X0.84"

Capella Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
5.21"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.61"

Denebola Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.37"X2.29" and 5.99"X1.69" and 3.85"X0.95"

Denebola Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X4.91" and 3.80"X3.86"

Electra Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X1.54" and 5.98"X1.07" and 3.86"X0.65"

Electra Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
5.12"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.66"

Kitalpha Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.36"X2.12" and 6.00"X1.57" and 3.87"X0.89"

Kitalpha Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.09" and 3.68"X3.85"

Matar Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.05" and 5.98"X1.50" and 3.86"X0.85"

Matar Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
5.20"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.61"

Maia Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.41"X2.19" and 5.99"X1.50" and 3.87"X0.91"

Maia Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
5.01"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.76"

Diadem Swirl Border

Available in three sizes:
9.33"X2.16" and 5.99"X1.60" and 3.86"X0.90"

Diadem Swirl Corner

Available in two sizes:
4.86"X5.08" and 3.72"X3.89"

Sunbonnet Sue and Fisherman Fred have been working so hard this week, stitching borders
and corners. We thought it was time that they took a well-earned vacation, and they hopped
on a plane and landed in The Aloha State! Looks like Sunbonnet Sue is learning the hula
while sporting a bonnet adorned with hibiscus print. Meanwhile. Fisherman Fred strums on
his ukulele, probably singing along to "Tiny Bubbles."

Fisherman Fred

   Sunbonnet Sue


Available in three sizes:
5.82"X6.34" and 4.85"X5.28" and 3.54"X3.87"

  Available in three sizes:
5.87"X6.37" and 4.86"X5.27" and 3.55"X3.86"

Want to see more? Click here to see designs released in previous weeks!