Yesterday I posted a napkin folding tutorial (click HERE) featuring the Rugby, Fleur-de-lis and Regimental Stripe Folds.
Today I have a few more relatively simple folds, including one of my all-time favorite folds, the Bishop's Hat.
What you need to know about napkins: Most of today's napkins come in 3 sizes: 12-13 inch square paper napkins sold in grocery stores, 17 inch square paper napkins in solids or prints sold at grocery stores or part-supply stores, 17 inch square cloth napkins usually made of a synthetic like polyester or a cotton and polyester blend, and 20 inch square cloth napkins of cotton, linen or a blend. Anyone lucky enough to have inherited their great-grandmother's table linens may even have napkins ranging in sizes from 22 to 30 inches square!
Most of the folds that I do are best suited to a 20 inch square napkin, but most of them can be made with smaller napkins and look the same. A light spray starch is helpful in adding "body" to limp or light-weight fabrics for some folds that require the napkin to be stood upright or help keep it's folded shape. I generally lightly starch all my table linens as rule, including table runners and place mats, as it helps eliminate creases and makes them look "crisp".
This is a simple but elegant fold and very versatile. It looks especially lovely on a napkin with a monogram, initial or embroidered decoration. Click HERE to view the Davallia fold used in one of my tablescapes.
1) Fold the napkin in quarters:
This is a great shape that is so versatile it looks good with solid, printed or striped napkins. It's also a great fold to use as a place card holder.
1) Fold the napkin in half to form a rectangle:
"Bishop's Hat" with "Butterfly" Variation:
Last, but not least, I have the Bishop's Hat fold with the Butterfly Variation. It is a very traditional fold that has graced tables all over the world.
1) Fold the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle:
3) Hold your finger at the center of the bottom edge as you fold the right and left corners up to the top corner.
9) Stand the napkin upright, the front facing you: the finished Bishop's Hat....
Pull down the right and left sides of the Bishop's Hat until they are horizontal:
There is another variation of the Bishop's Hat called the Blossom; for that variation, take the points that were just pulled down to make the Butterfly and tuck the ends into the fold, so instead of sticking out, the ends are tucked in.
Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed learning some new folds!