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Turn ready-made basics into prettily patterned heirlooms with vibrantly hued silk ribbon embroidery.
For the table runner, one-wrap French knots stitched in pastel pink add punctuation points of interest around deeper rose-hue flowers sculpted from six to eight lazy-daisy petals and French-knot centers. Green silk lazy-daisy leaves complete the heart shape, and silk-twist-thread stems at the base of the heart fill out the botanical grouping.
Promote signature style with an oh-so-dainty floral-spray monogram. Use a Victorian-style initial rubber stamp to create a pillow-top template for embroidered ribbon roses, buds, and leaves. Sweeten the view with a smattering of tiny pearls.
A teal pillow beautifully showcases a chromatic cascade of diverse flower shapes that form the S. Pink and mauve stitched roses highlight the center of the letter. Bell-shape and multiple-petal blooms in pink, blue, and mauve ribbon follow the letter's curves. Petite buds, rendered with French knots, line up along embroidered stems sprouting ribbon-stitched leaves.
Fresh-faced pansies add touches of good cheer to these special-occasion napkins. These pansies are stitched through a water-soluble pattern. Place the fabric and pattern in an embroidery hoop to stabilize the stitching surface, which will make it easier to create the straight-stitch ribbon petals, French-knot flower centers, and smaller ribbon and silk-thread details.
Flowers are always pretty, but the lushly embroidered greenery gives these napkins a realistic air. Applying two different colors of green ribbon with a ribbon stitch adds lifelike dimension to the leafy sprigs that radiate out from the pansies. Meandering stem stitches, sewn with silk-twist thread in two shades of green, supply stemlike supports for smaller blooms and leaves.