But this year, inspired by a friend's dinner in the woods, I thought I'd try to dress up the room a little for Thanksgiving. I loved the garland they made, so with some borrowed circle punches (thank you, Jenn!) and some fall colored cardstock, I made enough garland to criss cross the room, loop up the stairs, over the archway and backyard sliders ... yeah, it's a little addicting. And it brought some lovely color into a room that is, well, pretty much entirely Behr's Harvest Brown.
Then, because the table, which started out a lovely vintage trestle from Bavaria, is starting to show the effects of 4 children and a careless crafter, I thought I'd make a tablecloth and some napkins from some fabric I picked up years ago (for another dead-in-the-water project of making slip covers for the green velvet chairs. It was easier to make peace with green velvet than get around to white slipcovers. Circle garland, however, I can do - anyone want to trade me some slipcovers for a few hundred yards of garland? ;) Bet they'd be cute in Christmas colours...)
But back to the table linens. I don't like to hem, so I thought I'd go for a fringed look, and found some good ideas here. But rather than try to cut square napkins along the grain with a ruler and rotary cutter, I measured along the edge to the desired width (19" worked well), then pulled a single thread out, which left a neat line to cut by:
Then I pulled off enough of the strands to make a 3/8" fringe, and stitched along the edge to lock it in:
An easy enough project to start and finish in a day, so I could start setting my table a day early for the big feast (instead of leaving it to the kids while I'm pulling the turkey out of the oven, as has been our "tradition" so far). Not bad for a last minute effort, don't you think?
(The candle ring and napkin ties were made last year - it was a good year for acorns - but never used because I had no napkins. I'll put up a tutorial for them sometime soon, when I make up a couple more).