Table Runner

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Prewash the fabric and iron it out nice and smooth. The orange tones that have been chosen to go on the grey linen produce an autumnal table runner. Bright pink, red or blue tones also work magnificently on this classy fabric.


  • Approx. 2.5 m “Newcastle” linen fabric from ZWEIGART (Art 3348/705)

  • 6-7 strands No. 329 (light orange) Anchor embroidery thread

  • 6-7 strands No. 333 (orange) Anchor embroidery thread

  • Embroidery frame and pointed embroidery needles, suitable for 6 threads

  • Sewing machine and sewing kit

  • Trick marker or copy paper

  • (Patchwork) ruler

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Cutting the fabric


When finished, this table runner should measure 200 x 50 cm. So that it can be well stretched in the  embroidery frame, cut a 215 x 70 cm piece. No matter how big you would like your table runner to be, you always need a 6 cm seam allowance all around the corners.


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Transferring motifs


AThe biggest motifs on the table runner should be about 50 cm high, the middle ones 30 cm and the smallest between 10 and 20 cm. Using a trick marker, the motifs can be well transferred by hand. If the marker fades too quickly, you can finely trace the lines with a pencil. Alternatively, the motifs can be enlarged, printed and placed on the fabric with a piece of copy paper.




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Embroidering the stem stitch


The flowers can be embroidered with various types of stitching. With the stem stitch, one piece is stitched forward, the thread is brought downward and then brought up again when halfway back – in other words, between the two entry points. This gives a winding appearance that is well suited for flowers. Be careful with the curves of the leaves: here, the stitches should should be embroidered small and pulled extra tight so that they don’t lose their nice shape.


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Embroidering the backstitch


When backstitching, from below, go an offset stitch length forward and come up; then stitch back in the end of the previous stitch.


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Embroidering a French knot 1


For a French knot, stitch from bottom to top, tightly wrap the thread around the needle once or twice and stitch back down while very close to the first stitch. The thread loop tightens up and you get these sweet slubs that are great for buds or seeds.


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Embroidering a French knot 2


Vary between one and two-looped slubs for different sized buds.                                                                                                                                                 


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Embroidering the flowers


Using the template, embroider all of the flowers. Change the colours to give the runner a more vibrant look. Use back and stem stitches as well as French knots as you please.


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Finishing the motif



Once all of the flowers are embroidered, check all of the motifs again and sew up any loose threads on the back.                                                   


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Ironing corners


Cut the fabric so that there is about a 6 cm seam allowance. Fold all of the sides in twice and iron them gently. Each of the corners now has four small squares.


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Cutting corners


Cut diagonally through the centre of the four squares so that you remove a whole and two half squares.                                                                         


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Shaping corners 1


Now fold the corner so that the corner of the table runner perfectly meets this edge. Iron this edge again.                                                                           


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Shaping corners 2


Now the left and right corners of the edge which was just ironed are folded inwards and ironed. If you have pins or fabric clamps available, they will help a lot.


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Shaping corners 3

This is how the finished corner should look. Gently iron it smooth and fix it with some pins.                                                                                                      


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Hemming the table runner


Now you can stitch the hem all the way around – a simple straight stitch will suffice. A twin seam with a twin needle and two spools of yarn also looks very decorative. An overlock sewing machine was used here.


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Finishing it off

 Iron the finished table runner once more and place it on the table.                                                                                                                                                                                         



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