Thursday, August 5, 2010

my creative space: christmas embroidery

I know it's only August and you really don't want to see Christmas things already but this little project is such a nice one to do on a winters evening that I thought I'd share it now. I thought it was going to be a project that would take me quite a while but I actually did these six napkins in one evening as they really are quite quick to stitch.  I saw the idea to embroider christmas napkins on one of my favourite programmes last year, 'Kirstie's Homemade Christmas', on the Living Channel.  I love the idea of getting out the christmas napkins every year as a little tradition and my girls hopefully treasuring them one day as a sort of family heirloom.
I found the napkins in Briscoes on special for $2 each which was great- they are really good quality too. Or you could make your own or hunt for a set at an op-shop even.  I drew the designs myself after looking through my christmas crafty file, christmas craft books and looking at clipart to get ideas.
So if you would like to make your own christmas napkins here's what you need..
  • white cloth napkins
  • an embroidery hoop- I used a 15 cm one
  • an air vanishing pen
  • embroidery thread in chosen colours- I used the same 5 colours (red, pink, green, light green, yellow and  beige) for all the designs which gives a nice look of unity to the napkins.
  • embroidery needle
  • scissors
  • christmas designs ( if you want to use mine I've made a pdf of them for you- they are pretty basic as I just drew them on paper and scanned them in as I can't draw on the computer!) 

I chose to stitch my designs in the centre top of each napkin so when they're folded the design will be at the top but you could put the design wherever you want.
Either draw the designs straight onto the napkin or trace them by putting sticking the designs on a window and tracing the design onto the napkin.
Stitch over the top of the design with your chosen threads. I used back stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch, running stitch and split stitch for my designs. There are instructions for these stitches here. The individual photo's of each design are on my flickr page
One issue I have is the slight mess at the back of my work so I'm going to iron a bit of interfacing over it to sort of hide it!! If you are a much neater embroiderer than me you probably won't have to though!


Some other ideas....
* these designs would be great for embroidering christmas stockings or decorations or any other christmassy things
* you could even embroider the name of each member of your family on a napkin and every year they have their own napkin- this would also make a great gift for your mother/mother in law if your whole family is going to their house for christmas!
*you could also make these for a house warming, engagement or wedding present embroidered with things like a heart, the couple's initials, a little house picture, a key,  engagement/wedding date,  a plant or flower, a cat or dog if they have pets or any other meaningful pictures for the couple.
* Other christmas motif ideas... Father Christmas, a christmas pudding, a reindeer,  a gingerbread house or gingerbread man...
This one's my favourite :)
Happy stitching!
Check out more creative spaces at Kirsty's here
Megan 

23 comments:

Jennie said...

These are gorgeous Megan!
I loved Kirsty's Handmade Home programme, but didn't see the christmas one!

angelina said...

that one is totally my favorite too.
i dreamt i was doing embroidery last night, with my grandma. xx

El said...

What a great idea, I think I'm going to have to borrow it for a few Christmas gifts. Thanks!

Kim W. said...

ohhh these are so lovely!!! i need to get onto my Christmas preps.... its hard to find supply's this time of year though...

Catherine said...

These look beautiful Megan and such a great idea for Christmas presents too. I think it's the perfect time to start getting organised for Christmas, it won't be long before it's here!

Seaside Siblings said...

They look lovely! Christmas really is coming around fast.

Gaijin Wife said...

LOVE THEM - ahem. Hmmmmm, we need some christmas napkins..... :D

Kirsty said...

Wow ... you're organised. Lovely stitching.

Tracey said...

cute, I love them, looks like we are both about christmas today!

Jen said...

They would look good on our xmas stall! Very cute.

Sarah said...

I love these and what a great tradition to have :-)

Cal said...

So nice! Simple, chic, love the colors.

m.e (Cathie) said...

wow Megan! you are definitely off to a good start.
i love the idea, looking forward to seeing more of your handmade christmas creations

Make mine Mid-Century said...

They are beautiful.

Rosie said...

They are lovely, Megan. I just might add them to my long list of things I want to do!

Steph said...

They really are lovely! I think we might need a set of those this year. Thanks so much for the idea and all the wonderful info. Wishing you a lovely weekend :)

handmadehappiness said...

wow lovely tradition to start..... i am on the hunt for such memory making stuff thanx

Melinda said...

Fantastic stitching and I have been seeing a few Creative Spaces with Christmas stuff. I am off to hunt for some white serviettes to stitch now.

Megan said...

they are very sweet! love the wreath and the candy cane. good on you for getting started early!

Logo Design Canada said...

its make awesome i like this creative art work on cloths.thanks for share with us.nice blog.

littleminx said...

They look gorgeous Megan, well done. They'll definitely be treasured x

dash robin said...

Beautiful stitching and I love your sharing post. I feel inspired to start thinking ahead about Christmas too, great for planning and keeping costs low!

Bellgirl said...

How wonderful, thank you for the tutorial! I love the idea of things for the Christmas table that will become family treasures- I know I feel that way about the Christmas table runner my mum made for me.

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