Silk-screen a monogram onto leather for place mats. Use the same monogram as a pattern for matching napkins. You can embroider them (using colorfast thread) if you’re skilled with a needle, or send them out to a pro.
Martha Stewart Living, September 2011
Look at font books, vintage monogrammed napkins, or handkerchiefs to find a look you like. Send your inspiration to a graphic designer, such as Linsey Laidlaw, to create your monogram and framed silk screen.
Lay leather right side up, with the short side facing you; secure with painters' tape. Place silkscreen frame on top.
Apply a generous strip of paint 1 1/2 inches above design. With squeegee at a 45-degree angle, drag from top to bottom.
Carefully lift screen away from mat to avoid smudging paint. Let dry overnight.
Leather, cut into 12-by-18-inch pieces (we used Bottle Green)