What is a table napkin? a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing. Why is table napkin important? How important is it? Why is there a need to learn differenttable napkin folding?
A napkin when creatively foldedenhances the look of your table and thedining experience. There are many waysto fold cloth napkins, so choose one thatreflects your style and personality. Selectnapkins with threads that are firmlywoven such as cotton or linen becausefolds will hold better. You may alsostarch the napkins lightly to make iteasier to fold.
1. The Pyramid Napkin Fold This classynapkin foldingtechnique is simple, fast,and can be made easilywith most napkins. Ifthe napkin being used isthin and flops easilythen iron it with lightstarch prior to foldingand it will turn outperfectly!
1. Lay the napkin face down in front of you.2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally.
3. Rotate the napkin sothe open end faces away from you. 4. Fold the right end up to meet the far corner, ensuring the edge of this new fold lays on the centerline as shown.
5. Repeat the last step with the left side,folding the left tip up to the far corner, creating a diamond shape with a seam running down the center. 6. Turn the napkinover, keeping the open end facing away from you.
7. Fold the napkin in half bybringing the farthest point ofthe diamond up and back to the nearest point. 8. Turn the napkin over again, this time keeping theopen end facing towards you.
9. Fold the napkin along the center seam and you have aneat, sturdy pyramid. If your napkin wont stand neatly then you may need a little starch.
2. The Arrow Napkin Fold This methodof folding napkins isvery simple and canbe done with almostany napkin without aneed for starch. Itadds a flowing,elegant look to yourtable.
1. Lay the napkin face down in front of you.2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end towards you.3. Fold the far-right corner over to the center of the side that is closest to you.The edge of this fold shouldrun down the center of the napkin.
4. Repeat the last step with the other side, folding the far-leftcorner in to rest along side the previous fold. 5. Fold the right-flap out diagonally so that its outer edge runs even with the far edge of the napkin. 6. Repeat the previous step on the other side, folding the left- flap out diagonally to meet the far edge of the napkin.
7. Slide the leftand the right sidestogether, allowingthe napkin tobend at thefarthest point.This will cause theflat, center part tobow. Prettyeasy, huh?
3. The Bird Of Paradise Napkin Fold This is a classic andclassy napkin foldingtechnique that requires astiff napkin. If you donthave any dinner napkinsmade of stiff linen then alight starching should fixyou right up.
1. Lay the napkin face down in front of you. 2. Fold the napkin in half. 3. Fold the napkin in quarters.
4. Fold the napkin in half diagonally, creating a triangle. 5. Orient the triangle so the open tip is facing away from you. 6. Fold the right corner diagonally towards you - laying it down along thecenterline of the triangle, making a new tip pointing towards you. An iron can make this important fold a whole lot easier.
7. Do the same with the left corner, fold it diagonallytoward you and press it downnext to the previous fold. Now you have a diamond, youre rich! Yay!. 8. Fold the two "wings" that you just made in folds 6 and 7 under so that you have your original triangle shape back. Once again an iron can make a world of difference.
9. Fold the triangle in half by bringing the center seam towards you and allowing the ends to fall. 10. This birds almost ready to fly, but first you must give it some feathers. While holding the base firmly to keep your folds together, pull up the fourflaps created by the napkins corners.
Pretty cool fold,isnt it? It makes you wonderif there are people sittingaround in basementsperforming experimentalnapkin folds while the rest ofus are sleeping. This fold canbe difficult if you dont use aniron or have a fairly stiffnapkin so be prepared to puta few minutes into makingeach one.
4. The Diamond Napkin Fold Got some really limpnapkins and wantsomething nice to makewithout eating up too muchtime? Then this ones foryou, if youre usingthick/stiff napkins then aniron will help.
1. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you.2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end toward you.3. Fold the napkin into quarters.
4. Fold the top-most layer of thenapkin in half diagonally - up and to the left. 5. Fold the next layer of napkin diagonally up and to the left, stopping slightly before the last fold to create an even, staggered effect.
6. Repeat by folding up the next layer of napkin to a point just before the last one. 7. And one last time with one last layer. Keep them as uniform as you can.
8. Now fold both sides of the napkin under and in to create an even, staggered diamond effect on the napkin. Press it down as flat as possible andyoure ready for guests within 60 seconds!
5. The Cone Napkin FoldThis nice napkin design originated from the napkin-worshipingIndians native to Guam called the dirty-wipey-nappies...or not. An iron will be helpful.
1. Lay the napkin face down in front of you. 2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally. 3. Orient the napkin so the open corner faces away from you.
4. Fold the left-mostcorner diagonally so thepoint rests on top of the far corner. 5. Repeat the last step with the right side, bringing this fold evenly along to the last one.
6. Turn the napkin over, keeping the open endspointing away from you. 7. Evenly fold the bottomthird of the napkin up and press the it down well. An iron may be needed here.
8. Fold both the left and right sides back and underneath the napkinevenly to create the finished product seen here.
6. The French Napkin Fold Look at me, Imsophisticated. Look at me,Im elegant. Look at me, Imgoing to be used to wipesomeones messy face! Sec reBleu!The french fold is a nicesimple napkin fold thatrequires no special skills ortools (well.. hands arehelpful).
1. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you. 2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally.
3. Orient the napkin so the long side is on the left. 4. Fold the far corner of the napkin diagonally towards you and to the right so that the crease falls an inch or two short of the right-most corner and the newly formed point at the bottom is a few inches to the right of the left one.
5. Fold the right-most pointtowards you, pivoting at the same place the last fold pivoted. Use the finished napkin to drape the dinner place. Very classy and uncomplicated.
7. The Bishops Hat Napkin Fold This is a classicdinner napkin fold, but itcan be difficult to line up thecorners in the cap. Somestarch and an iron make iteasier to be precise whilefolding this one. ...and yes Iknow its not sitting in thecenter of the plate, next timeIll stay out of the cookingwine, I promise.
1. Lay the napkin face down in front of you. 2. Fold the dinner napkin in half so that the open end is towards you. 3. Fold the far-right cornerdiagonally towards you, resting the point in the center of the side closest to you.
4. Fold the near-left corner diagonallyaway from you, resting it so that it lays right next to the previous fold.5. Flip the napkin over and orient it soit points to the far-left and to the near- right.6. Fold the bottom half of the napkin up and away from you, laying it so the far edges run on top of one other.
7. Reach underneath of the napkin and pull out the flap on the right, making the near- side come to two points as seen in the picture.8. Gently roll the left half of the left triangle over and tuck its end underneath the right triangle.
9. Flip the napkinover, points pointing away from you.10. Fold the right-triangle tothe left, tucking its end into the other triangle.
11. Open up the hat andpress the material insidedown to fill it out so that it becomes circular, thismay take a little fidgeting.
There you go, now allyou need is alittle bishop to wear it.
8. The Rosebud Napkin Fold This sophisticatedcloth napkin design benefitsfrom stiff material or lightstarch. A hot iron will alsomake it easier to be exact.
1. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you. 2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally.
3. Orient the napkin so the open end points away from you. 4. Fold the far-right corner updiagonally so that the point rests on top of the far corner. The edge of this newflap should lay right on the center line. 5. Repeat step four on the other side,bringing the left-most corner up to meet the far corner, creating a diamond shape.
6. Flip the napkin over while keeping the open end pointing away from you. 7. Fold the bottom of the napkin up about3/4s of the way as shown and press the fold down well.
8. Flip the napkin over.9. Curl both sites up so theymeet in the middle and tuck one into the other.
10. Stand it up andstraighten it out. If youhave trouble keeping thepoints even, break out theiron and back track to thefolds that mess up youralignment. Is it me or dothese look like Egyptianheadgear?
9. The Sail Napkin Fold This is one ofthe simplest standingnapkin designs there are,but you will still need astiff napkin if you expectit to stand withoutflopping over. Whodhave thought youd bestarching yourdinnerware?
1. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you.2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end towards you.
3. Fold the far-right corner diagonally to the center of the side that is closest to you. The edge of this flap should run down the center of the napkin.4. Repeat the last step with the other side, folding the far-leftcorner diagonally to rest right along side the previous fold.
5. Fold the napkinin half by bringingthe center seam up from the work surface and allowing the ends to fall backwards. Smooth down the folds so it stands nicely! A fast andeasy standing-fold for your dinner party. Now you can sail across the seas on your dinner plates.
10. The Slide Napkin Fold This napkin foldingtechnique is good for thosedinners where you wantsomething fancy, but not toocomplex. This requires eitherstiff material or starch.
1. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you.2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end towards you. 3. Fold the napkin into quarters.
4. Orient the napkin so that the open end is pointing away from you. 5. Fold the napkin in half by bringing the far end up to the front. Press this fold down well. 6. Take the top-layer of napkin and fold it back, making a crease about 1/2"-1" before the top.
7. Flip the napkin over, keeping the single- layer tip pointing away from you8. Fold the napkin in half from left to right and press the fold down well.
The Crown Napkin Fold Do you want yourdinner guests to feel likeroyalty but have no redcarpet? Treat them likekings and give them allcrowns! Then you can usethis napkin to wipe thecheese out of thatintroduction. This napkinfolding design just doesntwork well without a littlestarch in the cloth, if itssagging its ugly so takeyour time and get it right.
1. Lay the napkin face- down in front of you.2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally.3. Orient the napkin so the open ends are pointing away from you.
4. Fold the right-corner up so that the point rests directly on top of the middle-corner.The edge of this new flap should lay on the center line of the napkin. 5. Repeat step four on the other side,bringing the left-most corner up to meet the middle-corner, creating a diamond shape. 6. Fold the bottom of the napkin up about 2/4s of the way and press this fold down well.
7. Fold the smaller triangle down so the point rests on the near edge of the napkin. Press.8. Curl the left and right sides of thenapkin up so they meet in the middle and tuck one into the other.
9. Stand it up and tug at it where needed to even it up and round it out. If your napkins are too limp then think of starch as napkinViagra and make them good and stiff.
The Standing Fan Napkin Fold Elegant anddecorative, this is aclassic napkin foldingtechnique. As usual, andiron helps but is notnecessary.
1. Lay the napkin face- down in front of you. 3. Fold the napkin like an accordion starting at either narrow end. Leave one end with 2-2. Fold the napkin in half and orient the open end 3 inches of unfolded napkin to towards you. support the standing fan.
5. Grasp the unfolded corners 4. Fold the napkin in half where they meet on the open endwith the accordion folds on and fold them in diagonally, tucking the outside. them under the accordion folds.
6. Open it and stand it up. Abeautiful fan for a beautiful dinner.
The Rose Napkin Fold Despite looking fairly elaborate, this fold is aneasy one, and it can be done with almost any variety ofnapkin. Display small bowls or glasses on top of these, oruse them as novelty cocktail napkins.
1. Lay the napkin face- down in front of you. 2. Fold the two rightcorners of the napkin in so the tips rest at the center. 3. Fold the remaining two corners of the napkin in so the tips meet with the last two in the center.
4. Once again, beginfolding the outer corners in so they meet at the center.5. Once all of the tips arefolded you are left with asquare about 1/4 the size of the unfolded napkin.
6. Flip it over. 7. Fold the corners in sothey meet in the center and then place something sturdy in the center, or hold it with your fingers.
8. While maintaining 9. Remove the centerdownward pressure in the weight and your rosecenter of the napkin, reach should look as pictured underneath each corner here. and pull out the flaps to create petals.
10. If you like you can reach underneath the center of each side and pull out a second set of petals to fancy it up somemore. Place something in the center and youre done, have a rosy meal!
The Necktie Napkin Fold Now your guests canwipe food off of their expensiveties with... inexpensive ties!Isnt that special? This oneseasier with limp napkins, but ifyou only have stiffies then aniron will make this simple todo. Remember that the largerthe napkin is, the longer the tiewill be.
1. Lay the napkin face-downand orient it so that one of the corners points to you.2. Starting at the upper tip,fold the right side about 1/3of the way diagonally to the left. Dont press the fold down yet.
3. Repeat the last step with 4. Fold the right side in aboutthe left side and then adjust 1/3 of the way starting fromthem both if needed so that the upper tip, similar to whatboth sides are symmetrical. we did in the last two steps. Now press down the folds. Dont press it down yet.
5. Repeat the last 6. Fold the upper 7. Turn the tie over fold along the left 1/3 of the tie so the tip is nowside and adjust for diagonally to the pointing left. symmetry. When right so the tip ofyoure happy with the tie is the shape of your perpendicular to hetie, press the folds lower part. down.
8. Wrap the tip around the top of the tie andtuck it in underneath to create the knot. Thereyou are, your very own clever necktie napkin!
The Shirt Napkin Fold This is a neat fold to havesitting on your guests dinner plates, and its pretty easy assuming that you have aniron. I repeat, break out the iron! Iron, iron iron iron iron iron.
1. Lay the napkin face-down in front of you. 2. Fold the two right corners of thenapkin diagonally so the tips rest at the center.3. Fold the two left corners of thenapkin diagonally so the tips meet the other two in the center. diagonally so the tips rest at the center.
4. Fold the right side over so itsedge rests on the 5. Fold the left side over to napkins center- meet the last fold at the line. center-line of the napkin.
6. Turn the napkin 7. Fold the top 1/4" - over. 1" down and press it with your iron. This will be the collar of the shirt.
10. Take hold of the 9. Fold both upper two corners in the8. Flip the center of the napkins corners in diagonally, napkin so the points meet in near side and fold over the center at an angle them up and out again. to form the front diagonally - so the collar of the shirt. edges are almost parallel to the folds at the far end. These will become the sleeves.
11. Take hold of the near end of the napkin, and fold it up towards the collar, tucking it underneath thelower points of the collar and pressing it down. A tiny shirt to stain with dinner, yum!
A table setting often reflects themood and theme of a dinner party.Enhance the tables cape at your nextevent by presenting elegant napkinfolds. There are several differenttypes of dinner napkin folds that usenapkin rings. The styles anddifficulty of napkin folding vary froma basic fold to a complex design.
A beautifully settable is enhanced whenyou learn some simplenapkin folding skills.A special table saysthat you really valueyour guests when youmake the extra effortto set the table
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