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!