The top border on my Oaxaca needlepoint has white flowers with shisha mirror centers surrounded by French Knots, orange flower buds, and pomegranates stitched over red felt padding. Each element is connected with Outline Stitches for the leaves and stems. The background stitch is called Railway Ladder and it's done with two plies of floss overdye. I love this stitch when I want the color of the painted canvas to show and by using overdyed threads, a gradual shading is produced.
Top Border on Oaxaca
Threads used are red Splendor Silk, Threadworx floss overdye, white Frosty Rays, orange Sparkle Rays, green Impressions