Wiesbaden Napkin Fold

Some of you have asked me to demonstrate how to do this napkin fold:

It is called the “Wiesbaden” because this napkin fold adorns many dining tables in the beautiful resort town of Wiesbaden, Germany (from Linda Hetzer’s The Simply Art of Napkin Folding).

[I find that for the best presentation, you would have to use quality linen that has a bit of a “body” and is not too “limp”, or else your folds won’t stand up as nicely. For the “real” thing, I also press and starch my linen before performing the fold. I also found that a larger fork (Continental size) works and looks best.]

First, fold the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle:

Fold up the bottom edge about 1-1/2 inches:

From the center, fold three one-inch pleates and insert the pleats in between the tines of the fork. There you have it – Simple, simple, simple!! You may choose to display the napkin with or without that “front” fold depending on from which direction you insert the pleats between the tines:

I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial, and that it has given you some ideas for your Thanksgiving presentation this year!

Have a great day, everyone!

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11 thoughts on “Wiesbaden Napkin Fold

  1. Besides the fact that it is a lovely presentation, this fold would insure that someone used their napkin! This in particular would have been helpful when my boys were about 12 or 13!

    I have very nice linen napkins I was planning to use for Thanksgiving. I think I will use this fold instead of the napkin rings. Thanks!!

  2. It’s simple yet fancy-looking!! Did you come up with this yourself?

    No, I found it in the Napkin Folding Book by Linda Hetzer – I am not THAT good! ;)

  3. Thank you for posting this how to!! I’m playing a role in an up coming play at my church. My character plays a lady who is just crazy for any ideas that has to do with Bandannas! One of her ideas is to fold the bandanna into the Wiesbaden napkin fold. I had no idea what that was, but thanks to your simple demonstration I now know what to do and will not look silly in our play!! Thank you again! Renee Crellin, Norfolk, VA

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