January is the snowiest month of the year here. So, I decided to create snowballs to decorate the monthly tablecloth.
A simple circle design with a double line (Here: internal diameter 7.3 cm; external diameter 8.5 cm) was ironed on Weddigen linen, 13.5/cm thread count. I think ironing is the best way to get a true circle on the linen.
Use Coton à broder No. 16 for Coral Knot stitches, No. 20 for Blanket stitches and for Chain stitches. Coral Knot stitches were worked along the inner line. Chain stitches were worked a small distance outside, the Coral Knot stitches. The outside Chain stitches were covered with densely worked Blanket stitches between the outline and the Coral Knot line.
Using Coton à broder No. 30 Chain stitches were worked directly inside the Coral Knot stitches. The shape was filled with pattern “445”.
After finishing, the embroidered piece was washed (boiled), starched and ironed. Then, the circle was cut.
If needed, such closely trimmed embroidery can be washed and ironed – quick and easy – at any time, but never spun in a washing machine!
To decorate your tablecloth with snowballs, work several and place them in a pleasing arrangement over the tabletop.
Of course, such small doilies also can be used as coasters.