Tag Archives: tablecloths

Homespun

Last month I shared Deborah Mersky’s tex-tiles with you. Today I’m welcoming you into my house.

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Joe and I have lived here for many years. Fabric is woven into our home and life. Each piece of cloth tells a story.

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It reminds me of the place where it came from, and of particular meals or celebrations.

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Some of the fabric on the windows and doors is from around the world.

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I made some of the curtains.

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The quilt is by Sarah Mary Taylor, a gift from Ella King Torrey. Our friend Kay gave us the indigo-resist Hungarian deer. The cat pillow is from my sister-in-law Julia. Sigrid upholstered the bird and cherry couch with fabric that Roberta found. Almost every piece of fabric reminds me of friends and family.

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And then there are tablecloths!



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And more tablecloths…

All of this fabric makes daily life richer, and it feeds my work. Here are a few new still life paintings.

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I’d like to take a textile tour-de-friends. Please snap a picture of fabric from your home or life that means something to you and send it to me at  jpaschkis@comcast.net. I will post the pictures on this blog. Thank you!

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Tablecloths: Fabric of Life

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It’s easy to put a beautiful cloth on a table.

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It’s a way to see and enjoy and touch fabric.

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It’s a way to make a small and fleeting still life in the kitchen or dining room.

…This owl and the wooden dove above were made by Mike Zitka…

Mike Zitka owl

Tablecloths are a way to weave beauty into everyday life.

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My mother gave me my love of tablecloths. She always did and always will have beautiful fabric on the table – sometimes several cloths at once. A table without a cloth would be naked.  Here is a table at my parent’s home, between meals.

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Tablecloths remind me of the people who gave them to me, such as this favorite one from my sister Karla.

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They also remind me of places where I have traveled.

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They are a way to celebrate the colors of the seasons.

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fall table

green and blue table

chocolate cake

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Tablecloths look beautiful before and during meals.

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and after…

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I love to set the table. And of course the best part is sitting around, enjoying life with friends and family.

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