Saturday, February 7, 2009

This is Not Your Mother's Tablecloth...

This cold weather makes me think of those warm languid summer days, filled with friends, picnics and outdoor meals. I am remembering my Aunt Ruthie and her collection of outdoor tablecloths. The patterns were classic 40's-50's summertime cloth strewn with cherries, flowers and gingham in bright reds, blues and yellows. Fresh and fun even today.

Back in the day it was called oil cloth, the fabric repelled water and was easy to wipe off after a meal, or a rainstorm. Today's oilcloth is not your grandmother's. The manufacturer's no longer use oil they now use a type of vinyl to give it the moisture repellent qualities and the sheen that keeps it fresh looking and wrinkle free.
Mary Jo's Cloth Store has been amassing a collection of this vinyl treated fabric that makes creating a tablecloth "snappy tom". Imagine, you pick the color and pattern you would like and it is as easy as a cut with your pinking shears to be table ready! I like the instant factor because you can have several at the ready in just a moments notice. If you are a crafter or are doing any kind of art project this fabric is the perfect pick to protect your table.
We have posted some of the collection online it is easy to find if you follow these steps. Go to advanced search, type in tablecloth fabric and the collection should come up.
Quilters... I would like a few new submissions with a spring theme for an upcoming article. Your piece may also be included on our community page. Thanks in advance.
Creative Folks: The Lutheridge+Lutherock Conference Center in Arden N.C. has put together a program just for you. It is called "Create in Me" April 30th-May 3rd, check it out it may be just the ticket for your creative spirit!


Mrs.Kwitty said...

Oh, I love oilcloth and am excited that you are carrying it! That said, I hate to say this, but your site is a bit of a nightmare. It's very difficult to find what you are looking for. I could not find any oilcloth there, not by using any of the search tools available. :o( So, are you OUT of oilcloth or is is just hiding somewhere??
Smiles, Karen

Tiff said...

YAY you have Oil cloth! the place where I shop in town does not have very many choices. Looks like I'm going to have to make a trip down there in the next few weeks!