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« on: January 14, 2013 02:03:42 PM »

Inspired by LimeRiot's design this morning (see: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419025.msg4961967#msg4961967 ) I got to work on finishing my table cloth for my "man table".

I got the coasters from a previous flatmate who was throwing them out - crazy person for ever throwing things out! And I feel that the runner now links them into the table, so I'm happy about that. It's a very masculine table as you can see  Smiley

Here's a closer image of the final print:

I made the runner from a sheet of fabric which is somewhere between jute and linen, artificially so I would guess - unless someone can tell me! I picked it up from a shop, knowing the texture was right but it was too plain on its own. I folded it over, and lacking a sewing machine I cheated with hemming tape.  Grin

LimeRiot's design used fabric paint, and I think she got a really beautiful texture to her finished print. I used marbling inks I had lying around, because fabric paint was all the way at the shop and I already spent my craft budget on paintbrushes yesterday!

Following the technique shared by LimeRiot I printed the tablecloth with the ink. The marbling ink worked well, but the circles were 1)too "wet looking" and 2) far too dark for my taste to begin with -

So I washed out the majority of the paint before sealing it with another run of the iron. I'm really happy with the end effect, subtle.

If there was a next time I think I would try to recreate the coaster design using fabric paints. OH, and use a sewing machine (the dreams of a starting-out-with-no-money-crafter!)  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013 02:13:37 PM »

What a beautiful runner! I can't believe you whipped this out so quickly!! I really love the color and fabric combination you used. The pattern is interesting to look at but it's not too 'in your face'. It will work well with any table setting!

I'm glad the technique worked so well for you. That's just awesome!

« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013 03:05:08 PM »

#The pattern is interesting to look at but it's not too 'in your face'.

- just like bubble wrap itself!!

hehe - thanks for the idea in the first place Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2013 07:37:01 PM »

Wow, you're fast! I wish I was that motivated to turn my ideas into finished projects. So smart of you to not panic when the painting was too dark and ugly; washing made it perfect.

And it's a really great technique, too. Thanks for showing us, LimeRiot.


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