Every once in a while I will be working on a project and just feel unsure about it. That was my feeling when I started working on a new set of table linens made out of a heavy weight linen. Actually I felt unsure the minute that I received the fabric. Don’t get me wrong, the fabric is absolutely gorgeous. It is a yarn dyed linen, which means the individual threads are dyed before they are woven. This particular fabric is woven into a large plaid pattern, and the texture is just amazing – very earthy and warm. When I looked at the linen I immediately thought throw blanket or Fall scarf. Something to cuddle up with by a big fire. But my original intention for it was table linens, so I stuck to my guns.
Even after I cut into the fabric and started to sew I was still just not sure. The linen of course did not keep its shape as well as my normal cotton placemats do, especially since I didn’t line them with anything since the fabric itself is so substantial.
I was determined to make it work though. I completed both sets of placemats and table runners. It wasn’t until I had them staged and photographed that I realized how beautiful they are. The first image of the Grass Plaid linens is actually one of my favorite pictures of my products that I have taken. I think pairing this fabric with the rustic and brightly colored ceramic ware really helped to create the right mood for these linens. This table looks like it would be right at home in a cabin in the mountains next to a blazing fireplace, and with a hearty stew cooking on the stove for dinner!