This year Easter’s decided to be an early guest, which means that all the preparations should start earlier too. As Royal Present Embroidery is an ever-ready early bird, we’ve already upgraded our collection of Easter themed embroidery patterns with new gorgeous designs. Easter bunnies to make your smile, adorable ducklings and chicks to shower your with assortment of Easter eggs and other attributes of the season are all already here and waiting for you. In our Easter floral embroidery collection you’ll find mimosas, lilies-of-the-valley and other Easter related blooms to make your wardrobe, tablescape or entire home feel all spruced-up and ready for the celebration! If you’re looking for a way to not only infuse some holiday cheer but also to make a stylish statement then Forget-me-nots corner machine embroidery design is the one that you need.

Forget-me-nots Corner Machine Embroidery Design

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Fresh and utterly charming, this little blooming number has so much decorative magic in store! Make sure to bulk on “lemon-drop”, “Bahamas-blue”, “lavender-lilac” colors in your thread collection, because you’ll want to showcase these pretty Easter blossoms everywhere. Especially Easter tablescapes will win a lot with adorable blue flowers, blooming “from every corner”. Embroidered with forget-me-nots napkins will infuse ambience of your Easter brunch table with utter grace and refinement. Speaking of Easter table setting… If you want to make the most of forget-me-not corner design during your celebration feast, read the how-to further on.

Few words about corner designs in general

Corner embroidery is an extra refined addition to smart linen for holidays and other special occasions. Elegant and spruce to look at, such decorative accent however might reserve some unexpected bumps and hitches in the process of their creation. Why so? Well, because quite a lot of things should be taken into account, what with matching fabrics, stabilizers and designs. Then you’ll also need to find a perfect position of the corner design on your piece of table linen. Another major issue, which might cause some troubles, is difficulties with hooping of corners. Further we’ll discuss most of such issues, providing tips and helpful advice for making corner designs embroidering spick and span. Forget-me-nots corner machine embroidery design will be used as an example in each piece of information. So, if you’re ready, let’s begin, starting with the basics.

What type of fabric is the best for smart table linens?

When choosing fabrics for your table linen projects, think of what type of occasions will they be used for. Special occasions, like Easter brunch, call for fabrics with luxurious feel and stately appearance. Linen of solid weave and cotton fabrics meet all the requirements. Color is usually a matter of personal preference, with white being a timeless fit-any-occasion classic. If you plan on decorating your table linens with embroidery, opt for pattern-free fabrics so that different motives won’t clash. On this wise, try to avoid damask or jacquard, unless their ornamentation is really refined and subtle.

What type of machine embroidery designs can be used on cotton and linen table textile?

Table textiles, made of linen and cotton, are great choice for machine embroidery in general. They won’t stretch, which is a really good quality for machine embroidery. When choosing designs for such linens, especially table napkins, opt for lighter ones.Bulky deigns with make table napkins look and feel cumbersome. With corner designs, consider how the pattern will look when the item is folded. Forget-me-nots corner machine embroidery design is a design of medium density. And due to the quality of its composition it can be used on various functional and decorative table textiles. As the motif is available in five sizes, you can calibrate its use accordingly. The larger ones will look great on placemats, runners and table covers. The smallest of them make wonderful corner trimming for napkins, both table and decorative.

Besides traditional corner use of this kind of patterns, they can be used in other, more artistic ways too. For example a sequence of Forget-me-nots corner machine embroidery designs can be arranged into scalloped border for tablecloths. Two mirrored designs can create a lovely decorative element for pointy ends of a runner. Four designs, aligned into a wreath, create a gorgeous monogram frame.

We know that now that you’ve got a nice dose of inspiration, you can’t wait to put to actual use. But before you start, we need to speak about your stabilizers, threads and needles.

Stabilizers, used for machine embroidery on table linens

When choosing stabilizers for cotton and linen table textiles, one should take into account following things:

  • Support, that the stabilizer will provide during embroidery (how it helps in elimination of puckering of the material, the correct stitching etc.)
  • How the “other” side of the item will look (especially important with napkins).

Cut-aways give best support and many sources advice on using only them for machine embroidering of linen and cotton table-ware. However, let’s face it – cotton and linen are quite “stable” fabrics on their own. They don’t stretch and the ones, used for table linens, have quite solid weave to them too. So, in order to avoid chunky back side that cut-aways usually leave, opt for medium weight tear-away stabilizer with some sort of adhesion instead. It can be either self-adhesive tear-aways or tear-aways “backed-up” by temporary spray adhesives. Good choices of such are: Sulky Sticky+™ Tear-Away Stabilizer, Madeira E-ZEE Stick-on, Wet N Gone Tacky. Wet N Gone Tacky is a water-soluble one, so you won’t even need to peel it off afterwards.

Tip: Some embroiderers found an unconventional way of stabilizing textiles, using scraps of water-soluble stabilizers left from other projects. Spraying a to-be-embroidered fabric with dissolved in water bits of water-soluble stabilizers, they achieve the needed for machine embroidery “sturdiness”.

Needles and threads for machine embroidery on linen and cotton textiles

As a matter of fact all kinds of threads can be used embroidery on cotton and linen textiles. Largely it will depend on your personal preference. However, you might want to adjust your preference according to the style of design and type of cotton/linen-blend you’re deal with. Cotton and linen blends with less gloss to them will match better with rayon and cotton threads. Cotton threads, less shiny than rayon ones, will look more agreeable on linen. Advantages of matt shine of cotton threads with Forget-me-nots corner machine embroidery design can be felt even more if you take into account the “authentic” effect they create with pussy-willow buds. But, before you opt for this type of threads, consider their shorter lifespan in comparison to the one of good-old rayon threads.

If you want the best of both worlds (cotton and rayon ones) then you might want to check out Madeira Frosted Matt rayon thread collection. These champions have endurance of regular rayon threads, combined with the matt sheen of cotton threads.

Needles for machine embroidery on linen and cotton blends should be sharp, size 75/11 (for regular #40 rayon threads). If you opt for cotton threads, you might want a different size of a needle.

Hooping of textiles, when machine embroidering corner designs

As corner designs are usually placed close to the edge of an item (a napkin, a placemat etc.) it might be troublesome when hooping. To help you avoid any possible hold-ups in your embroidery work, we’ve assembled few tips and tricks on the point. We’ve arranged them in the form of a plan, with each step explaining possible hitches. So, read it carefully before starting your next embroidery project.

  1. Print a template of a corner design and arrange it on your napkin.
  2. Mark the center and vertical and horizontal axis pointsof the design with the help of water soluble marker.
  3. Hoop the to-be-embroidered are of the napkin and stabilizer.

Note: If you decide to embroider your corner design close to the edges, you might not be able to hoop the entire napkin. So how will you stabilize the fabric if it can’t be hooped? There’re at least two possible solutions to the issue. One of them implies attaching extra fabric to the napkin corner, providing an ample material for the “standard” hooping. The other solution implies the use of the floating technique, when the fabric is applied onto the hooped stabilizer. The agents, bonding the fabric to the stabilizer in this case could be:

  • adhesive layer on the stabilizer (as in Madeira E-ZEE Stick-on, Wet N Gone Tacky or Sulky Sticky+™ Tear-Away Stabilizer),
  • temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK 100, Sulky KK 2000),
  • both of the abovementioned agents,
  • pins (be careful not to leave any of them in the area where the needle works),

Tip: If you feel that floating is not providing the necessary support, attach the corner of the fabric to the stabilizer (with the help of either adhesion agents). The stabilizer should be cut to fit into the hoop. Now you can hoop the entire “sandwich” and embroider on.

  1. When the embroidery will be finished, carefully detach the tear-away stabilizer from the back of your napkin. Hold the embroidered area with a finger, while pulling away bits of the backing. If you used water-soluble backing, always read the instructions, written on its package, before removing it.

Tip: In areas where you need to remove really small bits of the backing, use tweezers for eyebrows. A simple household gadget like this makes detailed work feel so much easier.

In the end…

Besides gorgeous as smart table linens adornments, Forget-me-nots corner machine embroidery design can be used on other items too. These little blue flowers make loveliest embellishment for throws for your living-room or towels for your bathroom. You can easily incorporate this pattern not only during Easter season, but also in year-through makeovers of your interiors. Adornment of curtains in your kitchen, trimming to the bedding sets in you bedrooms – as versatile as it is pretty, this forget-me-nots motif will be one of your go-tos for sure!

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Author: Ludmila Konovalova

My name is Lyudmila Konovalova, and I lead Royal Present Embroidery. Embroidery for me is more than a profession; it is a legacy of my Ukrainian and Bulgarian heritage, where every woman in my family was a virtuoso in cross-stitch and smooth stitching. This art, passed down through generations, is part of my soul and a symbol of national pride.

Date: 16.03.2018