Monday, 14 May 2018

Tablecloth update

It´s repaired and finished despite the hidden surprises.



Found at a charity shop, a pretty chicken scratch embroidered tablecloth, ideal size for my kitchen table, with a white crochet edging and spoilt by a cigarette burn at one end.



Not very difficult to repair I thought, I just needed to cut off about 30cm from the damaged end and redo some of the white and orange pattern which was all cross stitches -- fine.

BUT..........I couldn´t find a match for the orange thread, so I´d have to redo all the orange stitching with another colour -- no worry, that´s quick work.
BUT .........Oh, one side had more rows than the other !  -- well, another row can be added, easy peasy...........but wait a minute ........ if I add an extra row, the corner pattern will be off centre ......errr no, must be off centre now ............ yes it is -- Oh well, I´ll take out the corner patterns.


AND the crochet edging is a continuation of the blanket stitched hem, so if I cut away fabric, it will all have to be redone, hem and crochet .......... oh.
Thank goodness my grandchildren came to stay the week and I didn´t have time to think anymore or the tablecloth repair would probably have been discarded. I found a blue perlé thread in my stash which would suffice instead of the original orange and got started.



The unstitched corner patterns were changed for a few blue and white flowers and a simple crochet edging added, a bit narrow but I didn´t have enough thread for another row.




Was all this repair work worth all the changes?  Probably not.
Thank you for stopping by,

Sheryl

25 comments:

  1. Hi Sheryl oh i think it was well worth it Sheryl as it is such a beautiful cloth the the alterations you have done,your work is amazing my friend,well done xx

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  2. It looks great! Sorry to read it was more difficult than you originally thought. You did a wonderful job.

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  3. This turned out so nice! I recently rescued a similar tablecloth from a charity shop. I bought a blue and white one, with white cross stitches. It also has a small cigarette burn. I didn't know how I would repair it, now that I have seen yours, I am excited to fix mine!

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  4. I smiled as I read this post, Sheryl. The things we do. =) I think your tablecloth is so pretty and yes I think all that time and effort was well worth it. Love the blue and orange together and what a sweet little birdie ornament.

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  5. Of course it was worth it if when you see it, it makes you happy. :) It's a beautiful job and I love the effect of the blue.

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  6. It's very pretty and you did a great job. But what a bummer to keep finding things that weren't what you expected!

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  7. That's often how it goes with repairs - but they don't always produce the lovely result you have contrived here. Well worth the effort!

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  8. I love it!AriadnefromGreece!

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  9. It looks wonderful. You have made a great job.

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  10. It's fine. At least now you will use it.

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  11. Hi Sheryl,
    You have conjured up a real gem there. I like the changes very well and it fits perfectly.
    Hugs Martina

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  12. I love the blue with the orange - well worth the effort. xx

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  13. I love your table cloth what a beautiful colour ,It was worth all the work you put into it.
    It's fantastic ,your work is always so beautiful

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  14. It was definitely worth all the work! The blue with orange stitching looks gorgeous! Will you use it! I use tablecloths for every mealtime, but I have to admit, although I buy embroidered cloths from charity shops I don’t actually use any of those when food or drink are around!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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  15. I think it looks wonderful! What a lovely job and how fantastic to give it a new life!

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  16. Hello Sheryl! I think it was well worth it, it looks beautiful!! Sorry I haven't be to visit much recently.... I moved house again, back to Switzerland.... finally getting settled!! Hugs Christine x

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  17. What a headache you must have gotten facing all these tricky choices! But the pain was really worth it because the result is grand! I really love the countryside tone of the tablecloth with the gingham associated to the little white and blue flowers! Congratulations, Sheryl!

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  18. So cute tablecloth!Great job.Hugs!

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  19. Oh dear, one of those projects that seem to be quick and then they just grow.... The key is whether you're happy with it, I think. It looks beautiful!

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  20. You put in a lot of work to mend the table cloth which was all worth in the end.

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  21. i think it was! You've done a great job, it's so pretty

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  22. Oh Sheryl, your tablecloth is ever so beautiful. You did a wonderful job, my friend. Hugs to you!

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  23. That's way prettier than it was before...but I can't help the feeling you'd have less work doing it all from scratch, haha :D

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  24. Just love the orange and blue combination (those were the colors at my oldest son's wedding in October!). You did a wonderful job of rescuing this tablecloth, Sheryl--glad it all worked out in the end!

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  25. I lot of work, but doesn't it look so beautiful and fabulous... well done.

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