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100% linen cocktail napkins (set of 4)
SIGNALS design
Block-printed by hand in MAIZE/OCHRE colorway on NATURAL linen
9" x 9"
Edge-stitched for a casual look and easy drape

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Sunny, happy, mod and modern. My "signals" pattern is printed in a subtly shifting, hand-applied gradient of maize and ochre.

The inspiration for my home goods comes from California coastal and desert living, scandinavian minimalism, midcentury textiles & furniture, and the earthy, organic, mellow vibe of the 60s and 70s.

I decided to make these napkins for a couple of reasons. For looks, of course: I love the texture of block-printing on beautiful fabric. This type of printing yields a rich, slightly raised printed surface with loads more character than screenprinting. And for the earth: not only are they stylish, these cloth napkins are just way more clever and sustainable than paper disposables. Our household loves using cloth at the table everyday. Once you get started, you won't want to go back!

These striking cocktail napkins make the perfect host(ess) gift -- or a thoughtful present at any time of year. But should you be unable to give them up, you might find yourself looking for any excuse to break them out: cocktails (of course!) on the patio, a nice cup of tea in a comfy chair, a delicious afternoon snack anywhere. They're eco-friendly and beautiful -- a natural conversation piece.

My original designs come about from whims, notions and lots of journal doodling in the garden. Then I turn sketches into hand-cut printing blocks and start stirring the ink and cutting the fabric. Each impression is made by hand with care in my smoke-free San Francisco home studio with custom-mixed, water-based fabric inks (heat-set for permanence). Most of my fabric ink mixes feature a bit of metallic sheen, which makes a striking contrast with the nubby linen, the star of the show. If you love linen, too, you know: it's an ancient fabric that's cool to the touch, drapes like a dream and is naturally allergy-free and antibacterial. Such good stuff.

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READY TO SHIP: All items listed are ready to send your way on the next shipping day (currently: Tuesdays & Fridays). **Just make sure your order is placed by 6PM PST on the preceding day. Thanks!**

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HAPPILY HAND-MADE: All items are one-of-a-kind, printed by hand, so (very) slight variances may occur in placement and ink coverage. Please be aware that all computer monitors display color differently, though I always shoot in natural light and carefully color-correct product images.

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CARE: Machine (gentle cycle) or hand wash cold > dry flat (or damp-dry in dryer) > hot steam iron.

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SHIPPING: All items ship out via USPS first class, at which time I'll convo you to let you know your item is on its way. If you require faster shipping, no problem: just convo me prior to your purchase and we can calculate the costs.

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PACKAGING: All napkin 4-packs are packaged in a recycled kraft paper belly-band, embellished with copper triangle detailing and compostable baker's twine for added cuteness. The protective wrapping for your order will be plain newsprint and natural jute or hemp twine. I usually ship orders in standard USPS outer mailers, which are recyclable and reusable. I don't use bubble wrap or other plastic padding.

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Linen Cocktail Napkins - Signals in Maize/Ochre on Natural Linen (set of 4)


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: linen, water based inks, recycled packaging, biodegradable packaging, cotton thread
  • Feedback: 43 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States