Sunday, August 24, 2014

What to Do...What to Do


I've finished the embroidery on 3 napkins.

I don't think I'll be able to finish the fourth one today (and I'm so close) because I'm about out of thread and don't want to drive into town after a skein of floss.  Gas is just too expensive. I'll just pick some up on my way home from work tomorrow.  

I picked up a package of these napkins stamped and ready for embroidery at the thrift store for $1.95. The original sticker price was $9.50.  They were stamped for embroidery and have serged edges. According to the directions - after embroidery they are ready for use. 

I tried to keep my embroidery on the back neat. Well, that's REALLY neat for me.  But, I don't think I like the napkins with all that embroidery showing on the back and I really don't like the serged edges either.  So I was thinking about adding a solid white backing.  I think the napkins will look more elegant that way - no serged edges; no embroidery back showing.    These will be a Christmas gift for my daughter. 

What do you think? 



And since I don't have enough embroidery thread to finish my napkins I stamped some pillowcase cuffs with HIS and HERS.  When finished I will store them in the hope chest for my granddaughter along with the Double Wedding Ring quilt I made her. 

Strange thing...notice how there is a vine under the HIS that goes along the edge of the pillowcase?  It's not there for HERS. I looked at the package again and see it's not in the example on the envelope either.  I tried to fit the vine in the same space as HERS but it didn't fit so the letters must be a little bigger on HERS. Very strange.  Wish I had noticed before I had HIS all stamped.   Well,  it will give my granddaughter something to wonder about  in the future when she receives the gifts. 

Are you slow stitching on something today? 

12 comments:

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I think a backing would solve all your dislikes. I don't like looking at the back of my embroidery either. A psychologist might say this person is deranged!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I think a backing would solve all your dislikes. I don't like looking at the back of my embroidery either. A psychologist might say this person is deranged!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I think a backing would solve all your dislikes. I don't like looking at the back of my embroidery either. A psychologist might say this person is deranged!

Deanna W said...

It does seem odd that "hers" is not a flowery as "his" oh well just go with it! I think all that embroidery work is a waste for a napkin...that someone is gonna wipe their mouth on!! They would make a nice doily or make them into a quilt or wallhanging! Just an idea!!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Embroidery ...so pretty and a fun project to view as you got along

Yes, I'd add a backing : )

Julierose said...

Backings are good. Everyone turns napkins over--I would definitely add one...hugs, Julie lovely embroideriers

Deb A said...

Lovely stitches on your napkins. Very strange on the pillowcases but they are pretty.

Quilter Kathy said...

Napkin backings are a great idea to make the whole thing sturdier. They are beautiful!
Love the pillowcase idea for a gift in the future!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Great idea to do the backings on the beautiful napkins. Stitch on!

Teresa in Music City said...

Well isn't that odd? I would think the feminine one would have the vine if only one of them got it. Love your napkins - and I agree with you about backing them with white - so much nicer!

Renata's arts and crafts said...

I have to agree with you about backing on the napkins . I don't like when ppl look at the back of my work either and I usually do the same .
As for the embroidery under HIS maybe is a meaning for this ???

desertskyquilts said...

I go along with the backing idea. I'm thinking to keep the colors from showing through, you might want to put some kind of iron on pellon on the inside of that backing, too. That is so odd about the pillowcase edgings! Can you fit some vine to the sides of the HERS?