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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A little bit of napkin embellishment

Now here is an idea that really adds some personality to a napkin. Adding a few stitches from your sewing machine. Most machines no longer come with just the utilitarian stitches, but have a bunch of decorative stitches add as part of the package.

After you've stitched them out, then what do you do with them. Too many stitches are never used.  I love, love my stitches! For this napkin I chose 3 stitches on the Bernina artista 730; lime green: #427 as is; orange: #411 SW 5.9, SL 1.71; yellow: #711 SW 5.1, SL 3.01. These were previously used HERE and HERE. Because of the triple thickness of fabric on the hem of these napkins, I was able to forgo using a stabilizer.

And my tip for the week.. Wind your bobbins with the same thread that is in the needle. That way you have the same look on each side of your napkin. I also use a less fussy thread, no rayons in bright colors.. I use a polyester embroidery thread because it will stand up to much use and many washings. Sample uses Isacord thread from EmbroideryOnline.com or your favorite Bernina dealer. Forgive me, I still bleed Bernina red.... ;-)

Enjoy.. Come pop over to Yvonne's at Stone Gable for links with more tips and tricks!

16 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your napkin is beautiful Marlis! Looks so fun with the ring too, like you're ready for a party:@)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a stunning embellishment on the napkin, and the rings are the perfect touch! Hope my invitation is in the mail :-)

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh the napkins are so pretty! Love the designs you created on them. WOW! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debbie said...

These are the most festive napkins, and rings ever, Marlis!!
LOVE them!

Linda said...

Love, Love, Love these. So pretty and colorful.

ellen b. said...

Sheesh! What a great idea to use those fun stitches like that.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Very cool napkins dear Marlis! They put a smile on my face, such happy napking rings and great, embelished napkins..the color, the embroidery on them, too lovely!!
Hugs,
FABBY

Tricia said...

I think I need a new sewing machine! I really love the bright colors you used for the decorative stitching on these napkins.

Stitchfork said...

❤ these!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What a great idea! Why didn't I think of that? It looks great and adds a wonderful detail! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a kind comment!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Very jazzy napkin ring. I think it's great fun.

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! I'm so impressed, if just pulling out my sewing machine were so easy! Great job.

- The Tablescaper

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

These napkins are beautiful, Marlis! I think I must be the only blogger who doesn't own a sewing machine, and I'm really feelin' the need, even if it's one with just straight stitching! But I guess these fancy ones are pretty pricey...so I may have to just go with one of my mom's old ones to sew a straight line! LOL I love the colors and how you used them on your previous table. Thanks for visiting me and your sweet comments. I know you've visited several times and I'm way behind on responding. Happy 4th!! ~Zuni

we three dogs and me said...

Love the idea of the fancy stitching. I have a brother machine with fancy stitching.Must try it. Thanks for stopping by. I sometimes get discouraged with just a few comments but I also do it for my own pleasure.

Poppy said...

Oh how pretty your napkins turned out...love the perfect embroidery stitches and the beautiful summery colors! I adore the aqua color of the napkins, looks gorgeous with those napkin rings. Loved the pretty blue swirly glass plates from your previous post. You've created a beautiful table setting, so festive and colorful, the table cover coordinates wonderfully with those plates. Thanks for sharing and for your sweetest comment. Have a lovely weekend!hugs,Poppy

Designs By Pinky said...

I so envy you ladies who can sew! The napkins are beautiful and I also LOVE the napkin rings!!! World Market? Pier One??? XO, Pinky

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