Does my tapestry need a mitred border?

June 9th 2016

In the Making Up Service area of our website at, we mention something called a mitred border. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, we’ve compiled some pictures to show you how a mitred border can literally add a bit extra to a finished tapestry.

A mitred border is a way of enlarging a small or medium sized tapestry by adding fabric around the edges. The border is the same size all around the tapestry – that’s how we achieve those nice diagonals coming out from each corner of the tapestry.

When talking on the phone to customers, we explain that a mitred border does the same thing as a mount does between a picture and its frame, if you think of the piping and backing of the tapestry as being the frame.

So, are there any particular designs that benefit from the mitred border treatment? African Tiles is an example of a patterned design where the images continues right up to the edge. Here the mitred border frames the design and brings out some of the colours too.


From the side view, African Tiles with its denim blue  velvet border and contrast purple piping.


In Susan’s Pig Parade, the charcoal woolly border acts as a fantastic frame for her pigs:


A side view of Susan’s piggies, with charcoal woolly border and backing, and mid  terracotta piping.


More charcoal grey woolly fabric, this time for Edward’s ‘E for Elephant’ cushion. Edward’s cushion has a charcoal border and backing, with deep red piping.

Designs the size of our A-Z Animals (approx 7.5″ sq) are perfect for mitred border treatment as they allow a small design to become a useful cushion.


Here, a Home and Heart starter tapestry is made into a cute cushion, with border in light green cotton and navy piping.


We make up tapestries with mitred borders most weeks, and many more pictures are in our Facebook albums. To find them, click through to our Facebook page then go to Photos. Once there, head to ‘Albums’ and you’ll find one called ‘Mitred Borders’.

We hope this solves a mystery for you! Give us a call on 01460 281111, email, or message us on Facebook if you have other questions.

Happy stitching!





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