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.

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.



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


Lorreta’s Indian Elephant look fantastic with damson wool blend border and backing, and a crisp pink cotton as contrast piping.

The view from the side of Lorreta’s Indian Elephant:

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 Jolly Red 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!