… which is what my Christmas table wasn’t.
I have a very long table. It’s 3.1m/10’2″ long, made for my by my BIL from timber grown, felled and seasoned on my land when I lived in northern NSW. The timber is Cryptomeria japonica, or Japanese cedar, known in Japan as sugi. I wanted a big table. I wanted to seat as many friends and family as I pleased without squashing. That part, indeed, the table fulfils. It’s seen action both in and outside the house, it’s been my sewing table when I was hand quilting a queensize quilt, it’s one of my favourite pieces of furniture. But….
Have you ever tried to buy a tablecloth longer than 3m? It’s not easy. So these days, I tend to use a couple of starched vintage white damask tablecloths handed down to me by my mother, and I conceal the fact that there are two with nice place settings. Only, of course, you can’t buy a set of 12 or 14 place mats either. And I was really stunned at the price of the nice individual mats. So I made my own, of course. I bought one large (but not large enough, grrr!) tablecloth in red and white stripes. I cut it up into place mat sized pieces, dug out all my scrap batting and some white fabric, and away we went. White napkins, red tealights, and some red flowers, and my Christmas table will now be properly dressed.
Yesterday, I got another envelope of fabric loot for Worldwide Friends from Carole in the UK, who blogs at A Slight Obsession with Books. She’s sent me two pieces of batik and they’re very appropriate for the season! The brighter blue has flowers that resemble snowflakes, and the dark one has what look just like Christmas trees on it.
Today, there was another from Jule in Germany, who blogs at From the Boudoir and also at The UFO Garage. Both blogs are wonderful and a great showcase of her amazing work. She’s sent me some beautiful pieces of indigo, mainly Japanese prints which will feel right at home.
I’m giving you a break from interminable photos of indigo hexagons, so I won’t show you further progress, for that you’ll have to wait till after Christmas.
Back to trying to work out who’ll sit where….