Step out of traditional red and green and brighten up your Christmas designs by switching to more vibrant shades!
I love antique linens. There’s just something about the way they feel and the stories they hold. I took a square damask linen napkin and added design 6 from Bonnie’s Filigree Christmas Tree set.
I hooped a mesh cutaway stabilizer and marked horizontal and vertical centering lines right on the stabilizer. Because I did not have a printed template on hand (see Bonnie's blog on using templates here), I ran a basting stitch for the design on the stabilizer to help me with centering the napkin in the hoop.
To position the tree on point with the corner, I lightly pressed the napkin in half, corner to corner. That, along with the basting stitch showing the design size, made it easy to position the napkin.
I sprayed the back of the linen with temporary spray adhesive and positioned it on top of the hooped stabilizer.
I changed the greens to shades of lime, added pink lights instead of red, and used a brighter gold for the top of the tree. It just brightens the overall design in a mod-retro kind of way. (Tip: Not sure what colors work well together? Pick out a fabric print you love and copy the colors used in the fabric for thread choices.)
After trimming the stabilizer close to the stitching, I pressed the embroidered napkin.
There are so many ways to display embroidered linens. You can place it on a hanger, use it as a basket liner, or drape it on a wreath, like I did. The design would also be quite lovely stitched on a hand towel and would make a thoughtful hostess gift.
Take advantage of the Merry Christmas Sale and get designs while they are half off!