This Narcissus table runner, or “Centerpiece” as it would have been called during Victorian times, is an excellent project for both the beginner and advanced embroiderer. It uses the basic outline stitch and since there is no exact placement of the flowers, the embroiderer may use her/his creativeness to achieve any look desired.

The following instructions for this Narcussus table runner are from 1889.


One of the easiest and most effective designs for a table runner that may be done in outline stitch is the conventional Narcissus pattern here shown.

Narcissus Table Runner

The flower is scattered irregularly over the entire length of the cloth singly, and in groups of two and three. This. is a simple pattern and can be readily copied from the illustration.

The centers of the flowers are marked out with a ten-cent piece. There are seven petals surrounding this, which are long and slim, with a line extending through them for veining. These are worked entirely in the simple and well-known outline stitch. White would be pretty for the flowers. The centers could be finished with French knots or dots in orange, yellow-orange, or yellow shade. Finish with a hemstitched hem all around.

MATERIALS – Linen, 18 x 27 inches; 9 skeins of white silk or embroidery floss for the petals; 3 skeins of desired color for flower centers.

Here are some more AUTHENTIC
Victorian Centerpiece Patterns

Round Centerpiece   Oblong Centerpiece

Bachelor Button Centerpiece

Morning Glory Centerpiece      Square Centerpiece

Violet Centerpiece

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