My sister and I can't resist buying old linen and giving it a new life.
We enjoy using embroidered tablecloths and cloth napkins in our everyday life at meal times.
I decided I would like to make my own napkin ring but it has been a long time in the making. Today I used it for the first time.
I took a piece of pale pink 100% cotton, backed it with pellon and quilters muslin and then did some free motion embroidery along the length of fabric.
I did 2 x stem stitch irregular lines, then I added silk ribbon leaf stitch using 4mm green silk ribbon.
Finally I added french knot flowers using variegated rayon thread.
When embellishing was done I made a
tube by adding another piece of quilters muslin and stitching down both sides of the block and then turning the item out to hide the raw edges.
I cut a piece of timtex slightly smaller than the block and slid this in behind the embroidered block.
The timtex was to give the napkin ring some firmness.
I turned under the edges at one end and then bent the whole piece around, slipped the raw edges of the other end inside the folded end and slip stitched the ends together to make the ring.