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Filigree Christmas Trees machine embroidery at www.SewInspiredByBonnie

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.

Bonnie changed up her Painted Poinsettias and Vintage Deer to a gold theme, which is quite elegant. So, don’t be afraid to play around with colors. You never know what you may create.

Take advantage of the Merry Christmas Sale and get designs while they are half off!

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