Sew a few simple stitches and add special-occasion style to table linens. Embroider the sprigs in seasonal colours or opt for the classic white-on-white.
Prewash and press linens and ribbon. Follow instructions to enlarge motifs (below); using dressmaker's carbon paper, transfer to napkin or place mat. Using 3 strands of floss in desired colour(s), stemstitch stems, lazy daisyâ€“stitch leaves and French-knot berries (see stitch diagrams here).
To dress up each place setting: Edgestitch contrasting grosgrain or satin ribbon, 6 to 9 mm (1/4 to 3/8 in) wide, to right side of place mat around edge, mitring corners as you work (press under 3 mm/1/8 in along each end and butt). From same ribbon, cut 85 cm (33 1/2-in) length. Press under 3 mm along each end; fold, right side out, and tack corners together, stitching on small jingle bell. Tie around napkin.
Enlarging patterns and motifs
On brown paper, draw grid of horizontal and vertical lines 2.5 cm (1 in) apart. Each square on pattern grid equals a 2.5 cm square on paper. Draw each pattern line onto corresponding square on paper. Transfer any markings. (Seam allowance is included, if necessary.)
For enlarged image of finished table linens, click here.