Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Hand-made Linen Napkins


A good friend of mine got married in Ireland recently but I was unable to make it due to work commitments. To make up for my lack of presence on the special day, I decided to put that little bit of extra effort into making a gift that would (hopefully) be treasured.

I wanted to make something with a beautiful piece of vintage ivory Irish linen I had in my stash and I thought it would make some great napkins. I selected some beautiful organic cotton ribbons in the colours of the wedding as a decoration on each napkin. I then hand-embroidered the names of the bride and groom and the date of their wedding with some embroidery threads.


The construction of the napkins was quite simple. I sewed the ribbons on with rows of machine stitching using co-ordinating threads. I then used the micro-hemming technique I learnt during the couture finishing techniques workshop at the Fashion and Textile museum in 2017.




Finally, I selected a font using my computer and printed out the exact size of the lettering I wanted on the napkins. Luckily the ivory linen was quite transparent so I could easily trace through the lettering using a Frixon pen to transfer the lettering to the napkins (the pen disappears with heat when you iron it). I then spent a couple of hours enjoying the careful process of hand-embroidering the lettering. A truly satisfying project.




My friend and her husband contacted me today and they said they really love them. Yeah!
Have you made a gift for somebody recently?

8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful personal gift . This will be one of the features at Handmade Monday tomorrow evening :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Julie. I really enjoyed the careful and methodical process of making these napkins! A great idea for Christmas gifts if you got organised!

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  2. These look lovely, your embroidery is so neat!

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    1. Thank you. I made a concerted effort to get my stitches as neat as possible on both sides of the napkin.

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  3. Handmade gifts are the best, I am sure they appreciated the time and love that went into them. x

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    1. I am glad they like them and I'm happy I took the time to make something they will use as well.

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  4. They are stunning and so thoughtful. I love the hemming technique as my napkins always have wonky corners and look too homemade! Glad they liked them - of course they did! Jo x

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    1. Thanks Jo. I'm glad you think they liked them! It's always a little tricky with hand-made gifts because they take so long to make and you are never 100% sure it will be appreciated!

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