Angélique, our sweet and gracious hostess aboard the Tango, delighted us day after day with beautiful table settings, fancifully decorated butter dishes (I’ll post a link to photos of those tomorrow) and intricately folded napkins. (And I thought I was brilliant when I made little cardinals’ hats out of my napkins at Christmas.) My favorite was this rose design, which she patiently taught us how to make.
1. Lay a cloth napkin on a flat surface, “wrong” side facing up.
2. Hold a dinner fork vertically, tines down (like you’re about to twirl spaghetti), on the center of the napkin. Slip a little of the fabric between the tines to stabilize it.
3. Slowly turn the fork in either direction (the spaghetti-twirling motion) so that the napkin forms a spiral around the fork.
4. Carefully remove the fork. Encircle the napkin with both hands to keep the rose from unwinding. Flip it over.