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2. Take water soluble fabric marker to trace the design directly onto the napkin. To make this method easier create a make-shift light box by taping the pattern to a window in daylight and then placing the fabric on top right side up.


backward stitch through the fabric to the wrong side.


3. Place fabric in an embroidery hoop and pull taut. Embroider your letter or image outline with your desired stitch. I used a combination of backstitch and French knots.


Backstitch: Thread the needle with two strands of embroidery thread and knot the end. Bring the needle through the fabric


from the back


to the front side at a convenient point on your outline. Make a small


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Bring the needle through again a little in front of the first stitch, then take another backward stitch, inserting the needle at the point where the last stitch ends.


Continue stitching in this way until you have completed your outline. To fill in wider areas, sew multiple rows next to each other.


French knots: Thread the needle with two strands of embroidery thread and bring the needle through the fabric from the back to the front side. Pull the thread taut and wrap


around the needle three or four times. Insert the needle close to the point at which you bought it out.


As you pull the thread through the fabric, carefully push the twisted strands downwards to create a knot shape. Then stitch once over the knot to secure it in place. Repeat as necessary.


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