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Reader’s Closet: Machine Embroidered Napkins

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Sherri Michaels has been sharing her wonderful embroidered napkins on our regular Show Us Your Threads Facebook posts. We thought they would make a lovely and inspirational gallery. We hope you agree! Sherri writes:

I once heard a decorator say in an interview that after a house is decorated, the only practical way to continue the creative process is to change the table settings.

It’s fun & affordable! I pick up a couple of plates & mugs from Tuesday Morning or eBay or Etsy, then use them to create varied place settings. Last week I got out my embroidery machine & started making napkins to coordinate with the dishes. I’m also inspired by seasons & holidays (my late mother never missed celebrating holidays – even small ones!).

The Monogram Set

The napkins are all for casual family meals; these are not “good” napkins. I hand-smooth them when taking them out of the dryer, but never iron them. Some of the napkins I’ve had for years, but just recently embellished them. I coordinate the colors with the dishes I have.

Seasonal and Festive Napkins

Oktoberfest: “Prost” is a German toast!
New York City chic
Columbus Day Ship
Autumn Grapes
Treasure Chest with faux jewels for Talk Like a Pirate Day
Cross for Easter

More Festivities!

Pizza Night!
For Patriotic Holidays, the dishes show different American scenes from the early 1800’s and the napkins have a coordinating design.
Cocktail napkins made for watching “Cocktails with a Curator” – a free art broadcast on Facebook on Fridays from The Frick Collection.
Coordinating design for Blue Willow dishes
A little champagne for celebrations!

Thanks again for showing us these wonderful napkins! You surely inspired others to create their own!

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