I am a great fan of Ikea. I love their products and like to sneak in a very early morning or late evening trip every so often to see what is new in store. Before Christmas I spotted some very good value napkins and tablecloths called gullmaj. They are not pure linen but are very similar and are very reasonably priced at 4 euro for two napkins and 15 euro for the tablecloth. I had wanted to try embroidering monograms for some time so I snapped up some of these great value napkins and cloths and was set to go.
Searching online for a detailed monogram to download to my embroidery/sewing machine I found an online shop called Urban threads com. I used their Mendhika alphabet font. Wanting to get a antique French monogram style I opted to use pastel peach thread no 1017 by Rayon 40 which gave a very delicate finish. I monogrammed the initials of my sister, my brother in law and my two nephews on each of the napkins and in the four corners of the tablecloth. It was a special Christmas gift for my sister who lives in Australia. While we could not sit down together for Christmas lunch we were connected by the gift of the table setting. She was thrilled with the gift.
I gift wrapped the set using some ribbon from my stash. The little gift tag was made by using a stamp set and die from Design a Softie kit by Papertrey Ink.
The following pictures are from the Ikea website showing the tablecloth and napkins before I personalised them.