I had a spare flannel sheet, so I cut it into squares and made napkins. Then I embroidered them with designs from a book of Sailor Jerry Tattoo stencils. I like that the stencils are the exact size the real tattoos would have been. And I kind of like that the fabric is off-white -- makes me think of cigarette-smoke yellowed tattoo flash hanging in a shop. Anyway, the whole process of doing these (preparing the transfers, stitching them) was fun because it reminded me of actually getting a tattoo!! I didn't iron these, because I won't be ironing them in real life when we use them. I used two strands of black. I used mostly stem stitch and back stitch. I will be making 12 napkins in all, but this set of 4 is the first I've completed.
"A Sailor's Grave" - I played around with shading a lot on this one.
Seahorse - not my personal favorite design, but it's the one my husband chose.
"USN" for United States Navy. I hope the design isn't backwards. Didn't feel like shading this as much.
Swallows. I put my name and my husband's name in the banners.
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