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!