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 one illustrates the overlap section of the design we chose. Step two 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. In step 3 we will continue placing marking dots in the exact center point along the towel every six inches or so.
In step 4 we will connect all of the dots creating al line across the whole valence, this will be important when we place the designs. Step 5 illustrates the line. Print the design out that you want tot embroider, printing two copies of the design will allow you ro properly measure the repeat. Step 6 shows us placing the first design along the center line.
Step seven shows the two printouts being placed side by side. Step eight shows the proper overlapping of designs that we are trying to achieve. Once you have the designs where you want them it is time to measure the distance between the center points. Step 9 shows the two designs and the cross hairs illustrate the two center points.
In step 10 we are taking our measurement. The center point of these two designs is 5.25” apart. Once we have that measurement step 11 shows us marking the point with an X along the horizontal line we have already drawn on the valance. We will continue marking the valance as far across as we want the design to repeat. The valance is now ready to hoop and embroider.
Step 12 illustrates how we attach a piece of cutaway stabilizer to the edge of the valance to make it more stable in the hoop. Simply use a basting stitch to affix it. When you hoop the design use standard hooping techniques, don’t use sticky backing, sticky backing will not be stable enough for a long job like this and may cause puckering and registration problems.
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