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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.

Great idea!
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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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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2010 06:55:33 PM »

 Very nice job, Wulf! And you're a bread baker too? Do you do sourdough? Do you want some?
 I like the design, but I also like the fact that the cloth is thick enough not to sink into the dough while it is rising.
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2010 07:15:23 PM »

The blue stripe on the bowl goes great with the pale linen color!!  You are right klking--most towels do sink in the bowl--that is a nice extra bonus!
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2010 06:49:13 AM »

This is lovely! I'm going to do "research" (aka Google) sashiko now!  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2010 09:29:33 AM »

This is wonderful!  I also have no idea at all what sashiko is, off to Google it now! Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2010 05:36:44 PM »

Someone at Google is probably thinking "What's with the sudden interest in sashiko?"

KLK, I never thought about the heaviness of the cloth keeping it from sagging onto the dough, but you're absolutely right that it doesn't. I realized too late yesterday that I'd forgotten to flour the new cloth to keep it from sticking, but it wasn't necessary. Now I realize why! I don't do sourdough; I'm so-o-o lazy, I use a no-knead recipe. But I love sourdough bread when I get it. Do you think sourdough starter can be sent through the mail?

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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2010 08:11:02 PM »

Do you think sourdough starter can be sent through the mail?

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Indeed, it can! I've sent and received multiple times. Though, it is much easier if you dry it out first.
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« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2010 08:24:16 PM »

Dry it out and then re-constitute it for baking? Can it really be that easy?
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« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2010 08:50:34 PM »

Oh man that's awesome.  And what a cool idea, I may just have to make one myself!  I'm always a little dishtowel-paranoid with three grubby kids running around.. lol!

Beautiful job with the stitching, and bonus points for hand-quilting as well.  Rock on!
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2010 03:52:14 PM »

Dry it out and then re-constitute it for baking? Can it really be that easy?

Yup, it can be! Smiley You dry out the starter. It resembles dehydrated potato flakes. Then you just add some water and feed it a bit.
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2010 08:09:36 AM »

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Dry out the starter? I know things are possible, but I've never done it.
I do have some pancake and Quick-bread recipies, you can keep a pot of starter in the kitchen if you're using it regularly, or else keep it in the fridge, and prepare it the night before. The starter we have is well over 100 years mature. It was first purchased as a dehydrated packet in the 1960's, from a man named "Sourdough Jack", and he owned a sourdough-based store and restaurant in San Francisco.
Mom says  she knows how to ship it wet... It just has to be packed right.
  I'd like to know more about your no-knead recipie!
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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2010 10:23:50 AM »

omg--you guys need to hop over to the cooking section--my friend cyndiq is doing a whole bunch of no-knead bread at this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341819.msg1207583#new

Wulf--we probably should post a link there about your cover!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2010 05:54:45 AM »

Really nice stitching!
I was going to make a bread cloth(one of those projects that hangs around in your mental to do pile and never quite gets to the top) and I considered putting in some curtain weights in the corners to pull it taught and stop it sagging. My bread does suffer from chills as I'm more of a stick another layer on rather than turn up the heat sorta girl. Tongue 
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« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2010 05:47:51 PM »

I thought I might need to weight the edges, but the weight and stiffness of the quilting keeps it from slumping into the bowl without any help. I usually put my dough into the oven to rise, after it's been warmed at 150C for a couple of minutes. In the summer, of course, that's only necessary if the air conditioning is going full blast!

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« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2010 12:54:25 AM »

Looks fantastic, lovely colors and such a great idea! I always have trouble getting my bread to rise (I often have to pop it in the oven at a low temp), so I think I'll have to make this!! Thanks!
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