Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cloth Napkins Embroidery

Embroidered Napkins - Free Pattern | Red Circle Crafts

'Tis the season for making presents. I tried to get started early this year, because I always feel rushed the last few weeks before Christmas trying to get everything done. I'm not sure that I'll be successful at keeping myself from getting stressed out or just put more expectations on myself. Time will tell. If there's a secret to not getting stressed out at this time of year, I'm sure I haven't discovered it. Luckily I get to spend a lot of time with people I care about and eat lots of delicious food, so it totally balances out.

Embroidered Napkins - Free Pattern | Red Circle Crafts

I've been slowly working on these napkins for a few weeks now. I wanted the embroidery to be almost as pretty from the back as that front. You can't hide the back on napkins the way you can on some other things. Plus I was worried about them going through the wash with all my stitches in tact, but joy of joys, these napkins survived a trip through my washing machine without issue. So slow careful stitching was the name of the game with these. I think the extra care really paid off though.

Embroidered Napkins - Free Pattern | Red Circle Crafts

This is the basis for the pattern I used*. (Click on image to open and save.) I drew in crazy curved lines to fill in the heart instead of a more traditional satin stitch and I added initials to each of the hearts. I wish I'd made the letters slightly larger. I'm afraid there isn't enough negative space in the letters to really understand what you're looking at. But live and learn.

Embroidered Napkins - Free Pattern | Red Circle CraftsEmbroidered Napkins - Free Pattern | Red Circle CraftsEmbroidered Napkins - Free Pattern | Red Circle Crafts

I'm hoping the recipient of these enjoys them. I know she uses cloth napkins every day, and I love having monogrammed napkins so that they don't get mixed up between meals.

*I modified a free pattern from Flamingo Toes to make these.

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