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NEEDLEWORK => Needlework: Completed Projects => Topic started by: MrsBowles on September 06, 2015 07:59:57 AM



Title: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: MrsBowles on September 06, 2015 07:59:57 AM
What started out as a Craftster Crush has turned into a bonafide friendship. I recently had the pleasure of being a houseguest of our own MistressT. A hostess gift is in order! And when that hostess is one of the most creative, smart and witty craftsters with a scary attention to detail some serious thought must be applied to the plan.
Enter Pinterest, where you can basically stalk the inner recesses of your subject's desiring mind. And...Jackpot! The MistressT has an entire board dedicated to Butchering Charts. Awesome.

With her inspiring prompt, the results are as follows...personally, I like their simplicity.











I debated about whether to place the animals in the corner at an angle or to position them straight on the bottom edge. The chicken decided to accommodate my need for both...though she looks a bit tuckered out.



Oh, Thanks T...I totally forgot.
For an appropriate wrap job I came up with this butcher shop theme.



(shiny side out cuz it's prettier)


I LOVE EMBROIDERY!!  ;D


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: Ludi on September 06, 2015 08:58:27 AM
Delicious!   :)


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Post by: MissingWillow on September 06, 2015 09:25:18 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!


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Post by: BriannaB03 on September 06, 2015 10:36:26 AM
Those are great.  Beautiful stitching!


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Post by: elderflower on September 06, 2015 11:33:27 AM
These are wonderful.  I covet them so much.


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Post by: HSG on September 06, 2015 11:37:39 AM
These are so wonderful! :)


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Post by: pottermouth on September 06, 2015 01:22:38 PM
Such lovely stitching!


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Post by: Onyxnox on September 06, 2015 02:11:04 PM
Adorable... and now I want steak...


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Post by: kittykill on September 06, 2015 07:18:21 PM
These are fab!


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Post by: the_trademarks on September 06, 2015 09:06:36 PM
So simplistically awesome!


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: TheMistressT on September 08, 2015 05:25:43 AM
They ARE indeed AWESOME! I love them so, so much!  The linen is so luxurious and the stitches so small and precise! And we have been using them, MrsBowles, we truly have, but WHY, OH WHY did we suddenly start having so much red food right after we got these? I won't use them for red food, I just won't.

What MrsBowles didn't mention is how cleverly (cleaverly?) she wrapped them for giving. They came wrapped in freezer paper with a super realistic butcher shop label that she printed up! Talk about presentation! Now I'm kicking myself that I didn't get pictures of that. D'oh!

THANK YOU again! They're wonderful... just like you.


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: MrsBowles on September 08, 2015 07:01:09 AM
I did!



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Post by: Abbeeroad on September 08, 2015 07:17:16 AM
Love these! And the packaging is perfect!!


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: TheMistressT on September 08, 2015 07:48:23 AM
I did!

YES! See, y'all? Brilliant!


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Post by: thisbirdsabsurd on September 08, 2015 07:50:51 AM
Oh these are so great and that packaging just puts them over the top!  Love!


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Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 08, 2015 09:05:33 AM
fun wrapping for those beautifully done napkins!


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Post by: lancmaltby on September 08, 2015 05:28:51 PM
Oh!!!!! very nice job - I love them!


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Post by: rackycoo on September 09, 2015 09:34:59 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! (https://www.craftster.org/blog/september-9-2015-featured-projects/)  :)


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: MrsBowles on September 09, 2015 11:31:23 AM
Yeah! Thank you  ;D
And thanks to everyone for the nice comments! :-*


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: cmouse01 on September 09, 2015 12:05:15 PM
They are amazing!  I'm so jealous :)


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Post by: YoungMom on September 09, 2015 07:28:44 PM
These are so cute. And such attention to detail! Awesome job!


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Post by: SonjaBoo on September 10, 2015 03:43:21 AM
Those are awesome! Great stitching!


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: edelC on September 14, 2015 03:33:24 PM
These are awesome, Great work.

Can someone explain a little about hostess gifts and what is the convention in the US and Canada. Here in Ireland you basically never arrive to someone's home empty handed. Even if you are just popping in for a cuppa, you will generally bring some cookies etc (not necessarily home made).

 If you are going to someone's house for dinner, you will bring wine, or perhaps chocolates/flowers. The same if you are staying for a couple of days-just perhaps the chocolates AND the wine. You will have something with you for your host when you arrive. And if you are staying for a few nights, you might take your hosts out to dinner, or contribute some extra wine, chocs etc during your stay.

I have hosted different guests from different parts of the world over the years. Most of the US visitors have arrived empty handed, and some have bought a gift while they stayed with us. One guest gave me a gift of a book they had finished reading. So I am a little puzzled by the hostess gifts, I have seen them mentioned a lot, and ones like this, anyone would be thrilled to receive. But haven't seen it much in practice.


 So is it a universal thing in the US, does it differ from state to state? Is it different in other countries?


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: kittykill on September 14, 2015 03:48:55 PM
It is basically the same. If you are visiting someone you should bring a gift, or if you are coming for dinner bring wine or food or a gift (flowers) but if I am just going over to a friends for a few hours, I don't bring one. If we are having a get together, definitely. I think if varies from generation to generation more than anything else. A lot of people don't send thank you cards anymore.

If someone comes into town and they don't bring a gift, taking your host out to dinner is good too. Some sort of thank you gesture.


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: TheMistressT on September 16, 2015 06:47:35 AM
I agree with kittykill, it varies by generation and is less common the younger the generation. And just hanging out with a friend does not necessitate a gift, but dinner or a party or an over-nighter often does. I think bringing something to share counts the less formal the relationship, too. And the closer the relationship the less tacky it is to not bring something and just contributing on-the-fly is more acceptable.

I am surprised and saddened (and a little embarrassed) that your US house guests did not bring a gift from home or at least pick up something before arriving.


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: elderflower on September 17, 2015 12:40:44 AM
Any friends or relatives visiting me from the UK usually ask if there is anything I would like from there that I can't get where I live.


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: artsycandice on September 23, 2015 09:48:11 PM
These are amazing! I love your attention to detail.


Title: Re: Butcher Diagram Napkins
Post by: TheMistressT on May 19, 2017 07:58:52 PM
These are in our regular napkin rotation and we use them pretty frequently! Just tonight we used chicken (The ManFlesh) and pig (TheMistressMe)! They respond well to a little pre-wash stain treatment and then washing with the general population and are in GREAT SHAPE!