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Embroidered Linen Napkins an Everyday Luxury

Embroidered Linen Napkins an Everyday Luxury
  These aren’t your grandmother’s table linens. Dublin textile designer Jennifer Slattery is gaining acclaim for her minimalist designs that show off both artistry and a sense of whimsy, like a set of fine Irish linen napkins bearing the dark blue, embroidered outline of flatware. “I studied graphic design in college, and I had the idea of making cutlery-themed table linens. I made some for my degree show in 2010,” Slattery tells the Irish Independent. “I was just doing it for fun, but people really liked it, and it sold out on the first day.”

Slattery says her napkins are designed to be used regularly, not packed away to gather dust: “Years ago, table linen was put away for special occasions, but washing machines have come a long way since then. Everything that I do is machine-washable. It’s supposed to be used.”

Slattery works with small-scale Irish manufacturers who cut and sew her creations, but she does the embroidery in her own studio. “It’s nice to be  able to work with locally woven fabric,” she says. “It’s helping create employment in Ireland. That’s important to me.”