Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I have previously confessed my love of cloth napkins here in the privacy of my secret blog, available only on the World Wide Web. Today, I have another confession to make. I am also addicted to, I mean fond of, tablecloths. I have my dining room table as my everyday table and my former kitchen table is on risers in my sewing room. I had pads, custom made no less, on my table. You can't wreck the table nor just have the pad showing, what is the answer? You guessed it, table cloths.
I have them arranged by color in a stand alone cupboard I bought just for this purpose; although I think it was designed as a jelly cupboard. (Now that's silly, who has that much jelly?) Some I have made and some I have bought. Lately I have branched out - you can use most anything to perk up a table.
Anything? Well, lots of fabric anythings. We were downtown and I saw a restaurant with white table cloths on every table with a smooth serape type covering placed on top of the white table cloth. Each glass held a brightly colored napkin which picked up a color in the serape. Bingo! What an easy way to make a smashing table and I just happened to have a sarong type covering at home. I flipped that brightly colored Hawaiian souvenir on top of a blue table cloth and fanned lime green and fuchsia napkins in the clear glasses. (This is all leading to today's sewing by the way, just hang on.)
What else can I use? How about just hemming fabulous pieces of fabric and using them on top of tablecloths? I got a dark blue and green piece of batik with bright explosions of orange, burgundy and gold and today I hemmed the two cut ends. I have orange napkins and will use them all when our rotating card group meets here the last Saturday in October. I can then keep it as a table covering or cut off the two hemmed ends and use it as fabric. To quote Hermoine, Brilliant!
The thread I used to hem was the same variegated Sulky orange I used to fill the bobbins on the t-shirt quilt. I am using it to sew the bindings on by machine and to secure the edges by hand. I am sewing that on a few minutes here and there, hoping to add up to a total of more than 4 hours today. Yes, I do remember that I owe 12 hours from last week; now only 10 after yesterday's marathon session. And no, I don't think I need professional help, why do you ask?
See what fun a passion for sewing is? It can extend to napkins and table cloths and we haven't even discussed table runners yet!