Create a Beautiful Round Centerpiece

The round centerpiece is perhaps one of the most versatile shapes for table linen. The shape looks good on virtually any shape table and can easily be used as a doily if the mood suits.

Below is an authentic round doily diagram and instructions that were published in 1896. This would elegant in almost any room!

Victorian Round Centerpiece or Victorian Round Doily

This shows a design of Red Carnation Pinks with leaves, also bow-knots and flowing ends. In size it is 22 inches.

These flowers are worked in solid Kensington with silk floss, shading in lightly. For the foliage, four greens, very close in color, are used. The bow-knots may be of white, and the streamers the same.

When the embroider is finished, buttonhole the circle all round with Twisted Embroidery silk, white or colored.

MATERIALS - Linen, 22 x 22 inches: about 6 skeins for the flowers; 4 skeins for leaves; 3 of white for bow-knots; 6 skeins of Twisted Embroidery Silk for the edging.

For more designs see the following pages. These were especially adapted to tray or centerpieces but the difference between a centerpiece and doily is so unclear that the purpose of the embroidered centerpiece is simply a matter of choice.

If used for a tea tray, you may wish to take a section of the design to embroider on other smaller table linens or even napkins to have a complete table linen ensemble.

Square Centerpiece

Oblong Centerpiece

Narcissus Centerpiece

Violet Centerpiece

Morning Glory Centerpiece

Bachelor Button Centerpiece


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