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« on: March 28, 2010 10:59:32 AM »



My bread bowl is a little too wide to use an ordinary kitchen towel to cover it, and I've been meaning to make a cloth just for the purpose. I finally dug out a piece of yellow linen from my stash and got to it. It's two layers of linen padded with three layers of old flannel sheet, then quilted through with Japanese sashiko stitching. Sashiko is usually done in a contrasting thread, but I liked the white better (it's heavy crochet cotton). Overall size is about 20" (50 cm) square.



Tried it out this morning and it's just right.


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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010 11:10:10 AM »

I love that you made something that was the original purpose of quilts and other fiber works--functionality!

It is beautifully done...I hope to do sashiko pieces this year... I love the simplicity

silly observation, but does it also match your bread bowl?
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010 11:10:52 AM »

I like the colors and stitching. Very nice.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2010 11:19:03 AM »

Ooh very nice! I love how your stitches are so very even and the pattern you used is pretty Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2010 11:29:52 AM »

Wulf!  I am in complete awe!  That's amazing.  And makes me want to go google sashiko to learn more about it.  Great work!   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2010 11:46:06 AM »

I know I am googling Smiley  I love the look of your bread cloth Wulf, it reminds me of those French quilts that are made of one big piece of fabric with lots of quilting.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2010 11:57:39 AM »

That looks great.

Now I need to ask do you use it for making bread or simply covering bread that is being served?
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2010 03:00:57 PM »

I am in love with this! I make bread almost every day and it never occurred to me to make my own cloth. Now I'm thinking I could maybe make my own cloth bread bag.

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2010 03:14:32 PM »

Thanks for the kind comments! I use the cloth cover the bread dough while it's rising; that's why I made it fairly thick, to keep it warm. And it doesn't really match the bread bowl, which is typical salt-glaze cream colour with a blue stripe. Now, of course, I realize I could have been completely traditional and made it unbleached white with indigo stitching... oh well, too late.

It's the simplicity of sashiko that I like too. I've forgotten what this pattern is called, but it's quite easy to lay out and follow. Good thing, too, as I used a self-fading marker instead of a wash-out one, and the pattern faded away when I was barely half-way though the stitching! But it's regular enough that I could keep to it without guidelines once I had it partly done.

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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2010 03:28:12 PM »

Thanks for the kind comments! I use the cloth cover the bread dough while it's rising; that's why I made it fairly thick, to keep it warm.

I think I'll need to make one of these (good excuse to learn how to quilt) as my bread dough always gets a chill.
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