Eucalyptus Leaf Napkins

Finished Chairs
Finished Chairs

Some of you may remember the dining room chairs that I finally finished about four years ago. The Eucalyptus pattern – which is similar to a frieze I stencilled above the picture rail – is a nod to my husband The Australian, and I have been intending for some time to work some napkins echoing the pattern.

In fact, I found some yellow cotton napkins and bought them some time ago, but didn’t get around to doing the embroidery until now.

I only got around to it now, because my back went into spasm a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been alternating stretches with sitting still in hopes that it would recover. The blanket is too heavy, and I can’t sit upright at a frame, so I’ve been casting around for embroidery to do in the hand….

Double Branch Motif
Double Branch Motif
Single Branch Motif
Single Branch Motif

Since there were four napkins, I’ve done two in a double branch motif, and two in a single branch motif, which I sketched out freehand, and then traced and transferred with prick and pounce.

The singles took an evening each, and I think the doubles took two – instagrammers will have seen them in progress.

Eucalyptus Napkins
Eucalyptus Napkins

What hasn’t worked at all is the photography. The napkins are a lovely bright, warm, golden-yellow, and I’ve not managed to get a true colour from either my smart phone or my camera.

But I assure you, they look delightful, and very appropriate in the dining room, echoing the golden yellow of the walls below the frieze, as they echo the pattern above it…