How to Embroider a Braided Edge

I love this technique! Braided edges were often used to sew two pieces of fabric together and finish the seam at the same time. It’s a beautiful technique that can be done with tablet weaving, but this is an easier method. All you need is embroidery floss or thick colored cord (cotton, linen or silk yarn works nicely) and a needle and thread. Crafty Agatha made this one for us.

This video is in two parts.

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Raven December 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm

That was very, very cool. Thank you for making this video.

Heidi December 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Thank you, loved the videos showing me how to do something I’ve been curious about for several years, but never got around to asking someone to show me. I do wish the video had included a picture of the starting anchoring step (she mentions 2 loops, so my guess is that the 2 colors are each making a loop on the outer ends and are knotted inside the bottom corner of the bag, which she does show). Also, how does one end off when the edge is completed? Thanks, Ced and Mira, ’cause I really needed more projects to fill my copious free time! ; P

Agatha December 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Here’s how I start:
Cut two longish lengths of embroidery fiber (probably at least a yard). Fold in half, tie off in an over-hand knot. Slip said knot inside pouch (I finished the edges previously by turning the pouch inside-out and sewing around 3 edges, and turning right-side out again) in a bottom corner and tack in place. Bring the embroidery strings to the outside, and begin. To finish, sew the ends together neatly with needle and thread–I think I wrapped the strings firmly too–then tuck inside the pouch and sew shut. Hope that helps!

Laurie T March 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

This technique also makes for a nice edge on a single layer of fabric with a pre-stitched hem, but then there is the challenge of dealing with the ends when there is no interior in which to hide them. I’m about half-way around the hem of a veil with this technique but won’t know how I’m going to deal with the ends until I actually get there. So far though, it does seem like a really nice edge finish, even on the light weight of a veil.

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