how to add easy borders to embroidery hoop art

how to add borders to your embroideries - making jiggy

Lately I’ve been trying to make my embroideries a little more detailed – adding borders and additional decoration. I have a tendency to always gravitate to more simple and minimalist designs, so it’s been hard to get fancy. Though I am enjoying it. πŸ˜€

While I normally eyeball my borders and draw them in with pencil until I get them right, there’s an even easier way – using a smaller hoop as your guide!

Want to learn how to do the flowers featured above? Check out my how to embroider flowers tutorial.

If you’re brand new to embroidery, please see Embroidery 101 for all the basics and loads of examples. πŸ˜€

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Lay down the hoop size you’d like to design for. Trace the inside of it – I like to use a marker so it’s a nice thick line.

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Take a smaller hoop and place it inside – trace the inside or outside of the hoop with a pencil, depending on the size you’re going for.

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Trace as much or as little of the hoop as you want – I also like to use a ruler to even it out if I’m only wanting borders in certain areas.
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Depending on what you’d like your border to be you can add embellishments along the line – spots for leaves or flowers.

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For drawing vines, you can choose to draw little loops or lines for leaves – for beginning embroiderers and those who aren’t as great at eyeballing their drawings, I’d recommend using a straight line. Easier to figure out where to put the needle once you get embroidering!

 

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  2. Emily February 24, 2016

    What a fabulous tip!! Love your hoops and embroidery hoop! What do you use to transfer your sketched image onto fabric? I have been using a water soluble pen, but I can’t get it to wash out of my embroidery fabric.

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    • jessy February 24, 2016

      Thank you πŸ˜€

      I do water soluble pens too – they’re the only thing I’ve found that actually works! Clover, DMC, and Wrights brands seem to work best.

      Did you wash your fabric before you used it? Once when I did that and then dried the fabric with a couple dryer sheets – they seemed to leave a film on the fabric that made the marks impossible to remove.

      I also make sure to totally submerge my fabric in cold water to remove the marks – sometimes dabbing it with water or only slightly wetting it just makes the ink bleed all over. πŸ˜›

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      • Emily February 25, 2016

        Thanks for the the reply and the great tips!! I didn’t pre-wash it, but I will try completely submerging it under water, and I will take a look at the Pens you recommended!!

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