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Enhance your decor by embellishing a damask runner with ribbon-embroidered hearts and flowers.

  • Damask table runner
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Dissolvable stabilizer
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • Straight pins
  • Beading thread
  • 6-inch embroidery hoop
  • Needles: embroidery and #20 chenille
  • 4-millimeter silk ribbon: light pink, dark pink, yellow, and green
  • Buttonhole silk-twist thread: green
  • Wet cloth
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  1. Fold the table runner in half lengthwise and place several marks along the fold with the water-soluble pen to indicate the center of the runner.
    Using the photo as a guide, draw a pattern onto two pieces of dissolvable stabilizer with the permanent marker; set one pattern aside. Center the remaining pattern on the front of one end of the table runner; pin in place. Use beading thread to baste the pattern to the runner. Place that end of the runner in an embroidery hoop, if desired, taking care not to tear the stabilizer. All embroidery will be through both the stabilizer and the runner.
  2. Starting at the bottom of the design, use light pink ribbon to make French knots, loosely wrapping the ribbon one time around the needle. Complete all the light pink French knots on the pattern.
    Use dark pink ribbon to embroider the flowers by making six to eight lazy daisy stitches, leaving the centers open. Knot and cut the ribbon before continuing on to the next flower. Stitch four or five French knots at the center of each flower with yellow ribbon, loosely wrapping the ribbon one time around the needle for each knot.
    Thread the embroidery needle with a 20-inch length of green silk-twist thread; knot the end. Stem-stitch the leaf stems; knot the thread when stems are complete. For leaves, make lazy daisy stitches with green ribbon.
  3. Remove the basting thread from the stabilizer and trim away as much of the stabilizer as possible. Blot the ribbon embroidery with a wet cloth to remove any stabilizer underneath the stitches. Allow the runner to dry. Repeat the embroidery on the opposite end of the runner. When the runner is dry, tack to secure the ribbon ends on the back and trim the tails. Cut a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing and fuse to the back of the runner over the embroidery.

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