Our son and his family experienced a dryer fire a couple of years ago. No one was injured but they lost a lot of possessions including their hand stitched coasters. This is the set of four to replace them.
The stitching is black-work. There are multiple designs to choose from on Pinterest and in books. It can be worked in other strong colours if you do not like the traditional black. The design disappears into the fabric if you use light or medium shades of colour. An alternative technique is cross stitch.
Unstitched Acrylic coasters can be found on line at Etsy and Herschners. They come with fabric only or a with fabric, a cross stitch design and threads. This specific shape does not appear to be currently available but hexagonal ones are. These are stitched on 14 count Aida cloth using one thread of DMC floss.
Here are the other three designs. Accuracy is essential for blackwork stitching. I hope that you will not find any errors in these!
Black -work originated in Spain and was brought to England by Katherine of Aragon who was the first wife of Henry Vlll. This marriage lasted around 25 years. It was their failure to produce a healthy male heir that led to divorce and his remarriage to five subsequent wives.
Note the packing sequence of the cardboard inserts as this is the sequence of assembly. You may need to use some extra glue to secure the cork base to the acrylic coaster.
You still have time to make a set of coasters before the festive season is upon us. Enjoy!!!!
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