Hemstitched and Embroidered Napkins

I finally got around to putting the last of our Halloween decorations away, and started in on Thanksgiving preparations.  I don’t do a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving, but setting the table has been something that I’ve really looked forward to in the past couple of years, since I started reading blogs.  The first blog I ever subscribed to was Stone Gable, and Yvonne has a true gift for tablescapes.  If you’ve never been and you’re looking for some tablescape inspiration, that’s the place to go!

In any case, I thought I’d try to pull together my own tablescape this year.  I started with the table cloth and the dishes, but then realized that I didn’t have any napkins that would work. So I did what I always do.  I made my own.

I’ve always loved the classic look of hemstitched napkins, so I knew that’s where I would start.  I bought 2 yards of white “linen-look” fabric at the fabric store for about $12 with a coupon.  I didn’t want to use real linen, because I didn’t want to have to deal with the inevitable wrinkles that I can never seem to get out.

I found an excellent tutorial from Daisy at Little House in the Suburbs that explains how to make your own hemstitched linen napkins.  While a little tedious, the results were just what I was hoping for.  See that detail around the edges?  That’s hemstitching.

Next, I found an image of a leaf pattern, and I free-handed it into one of the corners with a water-soluble ink pen.  Don’t look too closely at my stitches!

And below is the final result.

I love how the embroidered leaves pick up the leaves in the dishes.  Simple but elegant.

I’m still messing around with the arrangement, so you won’t see a picture of the full table (yet).  Also, I’ve only made one napkin.  :)  Should I have admitted that?  Shall we place bets on how long it takes me to get the other seven done?

Have a great day!


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