Napkins are easy to fold into ingenious shapes and add a touch of festivity to any dinner. Whether you use paper or cloth, a napkin folded into a delightful shape is a welcome way to start a meal.
Twenty-two different napkin folds are clearly shown, beginning with very simple folds and gradually leading to more involved ones. None of the folds is difficult and any square napkin, paper or cloth, can be used. Shapes include: Heart, Clown's Hat, Japanese Kimono, Cardinal's Hat, Nest, Love Knot, Ascot, Lady's Slipper or Boot, Candle, Silverware Holder, Peacock, Rabbit, and more.
For each napkin there are step-by-step drawings and instructions showing exactly where and how to make each fold. A photograph of the finished napkin accompanies each project. The clear, simple instructions enable anyone, even absolute beginners, to decorate a table using creative napkin folding.
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DECORATIVE NAPKIN FOLDING FOR BEGINNERS
By Lillian Oppenheimer, Natalie Epstein, Gwen Williams
Dover Publications, Inc.Copyright © 1979 Lillian Oppenheimer and Natalie Epstein
All rights reserved.
There is something festive about a fancifully folded napkin. The very sight of an array of folded linen among the crystal proclaims a meal a celebration; and when the waiter, with a single gesture, flicks the folds open and lays the cloth across your lap, you feel like royalty.
Not many generations back, napkin folding was a backstairs accomplishment that added luster to the appointments of the dinner table in private mansions. Nowadays it is virtually a trade secret among waiters in elegant restaurants, where large linen napkins are still used. There is, however, no reason why waiters should have all the fun. Anybody can fold napkins! There is not even any reason why napkins should be linen, or, indeed, woven cloth of any sort. Big, square paper dinner napkins work perfectly well. It is important that the napkin, whatever its material, be truly square, and not limp. If cloth is used, it should be lightly starched. For best results, iron out all the creases before you begin.
The designs in this collection of napkin folds range from very simple to moderately complex. The easy ones are in the front of the book. Do them first. In following the diagrams, remember that each picture shows you two things: what the napkin looks like after the previous fold has been made and what you do next. Work on a clean, hard surface and press firmly, so that the finished creation may be fresh and crisp—ready to grace an invalid's tray or a holiday table. The user will have as much fun trying to figure out how you did it as you had in the making.
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Table of ContentsHEART
CORNUCOPIA OR CLOWN'S HAT
PLACE CARD OR HOLDER
THE EMPRESS OR DUTCH HAT
LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN
BOAT WITH SAILS
BOOT OR LADY'S SLIPPER