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Pansy Embroidered Napkin

Fresh-faced pansies add touches of good cheer to these special-occasion napkins.

  • Solvy dissolvable stabilizer
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • White damask napkin
  • Straight pins
  • Beading thread
  • 6-inch embroidery hoop
  • Needles: #20 chenille, #10 embroidery, #10 beading
  • 7millimeter silk ribbon: purple and pink
  • 4millimeter silk ribbon: gold, lime green, and green
  • Buttonhole silk-twist: pink, green, and lime green
  • Wet cloth or cotton swab
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  1. Using the photo as a guide, draw a bouquet pattern onto a piece of dissolvable stabilizer with the permanent marker. Pin the stabilizer pattern to the front of the napkin, positioning it in one corner as desired. Use the beading thread to baste the pattern to the napkin. All stitching will be through both the stabilizer and the napkin. Place the napkin in the embroidery hoop, taking care not to tear the stabilizer.
  2. Embroider the large pansies one at a time, beginning at the center of the bouquet and working outward. For each pansy, make seven loose straight stitches for petals, five with purple silk ribbon and two with pink silk ribbon. Add a French knot at the center of the petals with gold silk ribbon, loosely wrapping the ribbon around the needle one time. Use the embroidery needle to make a small straight stitch with pink silk-twist thread on top of the purple petals.
    For the small pansy buds, make four small straight stitches, one purple, one pink, and two lime green.
    For the larger leaves use the ribbon stitch with lime green on one side and green on the other side.
    Using green and lime-green silk-twist thread and the embroidery needle, stem-stitch stems throughout the design and add small lazy daisy stitches for the leaves on the stems at the center bottom of the design. Make ribbon stitches for the individual leaves on the stems among the flowers with the lime-green and green silk ribbons.
  3. Remove the basting thread from the stabilizer and trim away as much of the stabilizer as possible. Blot the embroidery with a wet cloth or cotton swab to remove any stabilizer underneath the stitches.
    When the napkin 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 napkin over the embroidery.
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