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Endless Borders

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  • Valance
  • Print Design

  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Coordinating Embroidery Designs for the Home

    Endless Borders

    Nothing says elegance like an endless border, these designs work great on handkerchiefs, doilies, curtains, pillows, and of course curtains and valances.  The first thing you must do is choose the right type of design. Some designs are created with repeat borders in mind and some aren’t. Repeat borders are designed with an overlapping section, these are the most difficult to lay out and embroider properly so that is what we will focus on in this tutorial.


    Step 1:
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    illustrates the overlap section of the design we chose.

    Step 2:
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    is where you are going to start measuring the valance. Lay the valance over a flat surface and mark with a disappearing ink pen halfway up the border on the valance; this will be the center point of the design.

    Step 3:
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    we will continue placing marking dots in the exact center point along the towel every six inches or so.

    Step 4:
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    we will connect all of the dots creating a line across the whole valance, this will be important when we place the designs.

    Step 5:
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    illustrates the line. Print the design out that you want to embroider, printing two copies of the design will allow you to properly measure the repeat.

    Step 6:
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    shows us placing the first design along the center line.

    Step 7:
    shows the two printouts beeing placed side by side.

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    Meet The Author: Steve Wilson
    Steve Wilson is co-owner of Anita Goodesign, a company serving the home embroidery enthusiast. He is also owner of Artbox Digitizing Studio and the co-owner of Art-Sew-Perfect stock design company. Steve has won over 20 digitizing awards, written over 70 articles on digitizing and embroidery techniques and has produced 18 digitizing "How-To" videos. He has also digitized thousands of designs for the home textile and decorating industries and is bringing that experience and expertise to the Anita Goodesign Home Decor Collections

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