A Touch of Glass

Deanna Ponder
A Touch of Glass

Make place settings sparkle with quick-and-easy beaded snowflake napkins. Line a gift basket with one large napkin or create several napkins to decorate the dinner table.

Download the FREE DESIGN TEMPLATES:

Large Running Stitch Snowflake

Small Couching and Backstitch Snowflakes

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 18"-square cotton napkin
  • Assorted glass seed and bugle beads
  • Matching polyester thread
  • Size 10 or 12 hand sewing needle
  • Removable fabric marker
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

COLOR COORDINATE: Choose a thread color that closely matches the napkin color.

Preparation

Prewash the napkin; press.

Choose snowflake templates for your design. The featured napkins show combinations of both the smaller and larger snowflakes. Cut out the templates. Audition the snowflake templates on the napkin until you're satisfied with their placement.

Trace the templates onto the napkin using a removable fabric marker.

Thread a hand sewing needle with 1 1/2 yards of thread; knot the end. Choose a beading method, such as single needle couching, a running stitch or a backstitch.

Single Needle Couching

Begin beading at one end of the longest snowflake design line. Bring the needle up from the fabric wrong side until the knot is flush with the fabric. Make a small safety stitch by inserting the needle back down close to where the thread emerges and pulling the thread taut. Bring the needle back up to the fabric right side at the design line end.

Pour a small amount of glass seed beads onto a piece of felt or a shallow saucer. With the needle tip, string enough beads to cover the first design line.

Slide the beads to the fabric surface. Align the beads over the design line and smooth the thread strand beyond the beads. Hold the fabric surface and thread taut with your nondominant hand. Use the needle tip to push the beads into a compact row covering the design line. Insert the needle through the fabric to the wrong side, just in front of the last bead.

Bring the needle back up to the right side, emerging three beads back. Take a small backstitch between the beads (1). Backstitch after every three beads for the entire design line.

Bead each remaining design line. Take a safety stitch before bringing the needle to the fabric wrong side and tying off the thread.

Running Stitch


Begin beading along the longest design line, working outward from the center. Bring the needle up from the fabric wrong side until the knot is flush with the fabric. Make a safety stitch as described above.

Pour a small amount of glass seed and bugle beads onto a piece of felt or a shallow saucer. With the needle tip, pick up one seed bead. Slide the bead down to the fabric surface. Insert the needle though the fabric to the wrong side, next to the bead and pull the thread taut.

Bring the needle up to the fabric right side, about 1/16" from the first bead to form the first running stitch.

With the needle tip, pick up one bugle bead and slide it down to the fabric surface. Take another small running stitch; continue adding beads and stitching until the design line is covered (2).


Bead each remaining design line. Take a safety stitch before bringing the needle to the fabric wrong side and tying off the thread.

Backstitch

Beginning just above one design line lower end, bring the needle up from the fabric wrong side until the knot is flush with the fabric.

Pour a small amount of glass seed beads onto a piece of felt or a shallow saucer. With the needle tip, pick up one seed bead and slide it down to the fabric surface. Insert the needle at the design line end and pull the thread toward the fabric wrong side.

Insert the needle up toward to the fabric right side, leaving enough room for the next bead plus 1/16". With the needle tip, pick up another seed bead and slide it down to the fabric surface. Insert the needle between the two beads and pull the thread to the fabric wrong side. Repeat to cover the entire line (3).


Bead each remaining design line. Take a safety stitch before inserting the needle through to the fabric wrong side and tying off the thread.

HOOP HELP: Hoop the napkin in a small hand embroidery hoop to maintain even fabric tension as you bead.

 

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Simply Beautiful
The beautiful simplicity of these exquisite napkins take my breath away! The instructions are written so clearly that anyone, even I, should be able to make something elegant for gifts or for guests.

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