|The cloth, folded. The somewhat busy background is my little glass-topped crafting desk with some fall cards already in place under the glass.|
I've mentioned before how I've been cleaning out some of the storage areas at my dad's house. Well, in the linen closet I came upon this homespun-type square cloth. I think it was supposed to be a dishcloth -- I think I remember my mother possibly using something similar. I did use it for a dishcloth for a few days before deciding it deserved a better fate than that.
It occurred to me that it might make a nice cloth to go under a centerpiece, sort of the way one would use a doily. I decided to add a crocheted edging. For a starting point on my edging, I used this tutorial: Sweet Crocheted Wash Cloth Edging from Linda at Prairie Flower Farm. I used some lustrous ivory-colored perle cotton from a long-ago stash of my mother's. (She didn't crochet, but years ago she had me make some crocheted trim for several dresses she sewed for herself. I didn't realize just how much perle cotton she had stashed away until I found this!) For a crochet hook, I needed something smallish but was in a huge hurry -- we were leaving for an overnight getaway -- and couldn't find my larger steel hooks. So I used a hook of my great-grandmother's, which looks like ivory but I think is actually celluloid, so worn I can't read the size. It worked fine with the perle cotton and made me feel very much as if I was carrying on a needleworking tradition.
|Of course the cloth really looks nicer under a larger item. But for a quick photo, I used this sweet green alabaster box that a dear friend gave me.|