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Posy Embroidered Cocktail Coaster

Gussy up linen cocktail napkins with rings of posies embroidered along the hemstitch edge.

  • 6-inch pink linen napkin
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • One dime
  • Needles: embroidery, #20 chenille
  • Buttonhole silk-twist thread: variegated green
  • 4-millimeter silk ribbon: pink, yellow, and green
  • Cotton swabs
  1. Use the water-soluble marking pen to trace around the dime at each corner of the napkin and at the center of each side.
    Thread the embroidery needle with a 20-inch length of variegated green silk-twist thread; knot one end. Beginning at the bottom of a circle, stem-stitch on the drawn line. When the circle is complete, knot the ribbon on the back and cut the thread. Repeat for each circle.
  2. Use pink silk ribbon to embroider two flowers at the bottom of each circle. To create a flower, make four or five small straight stitches, each approximately 1/8 inch long, being careful to keep the ribbon from twisting. Knot and cut the ribbon when the two flowers are complete. Add a French knot at the center of each flower, loosely wrapping the yellow ribbon around the chenille needle one time.
    For the leaves, make tiny straight stitches with green silk ribbon, placing two among the flowers and four pairs around each circle.
  3. When the embroidery is complete, remove any visible water-soluble marks with a dampened cotton swab. Trim any ribbon tails on the back of the napkin. Protect your embroidered piece by fusing a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing to the back of the embroidery.

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