Monday, 15 March 2010

Spring Chicken

I have finished my first experiment with table cloth for the Table Cloth Challenge; and “Spring Chicken” is the result of a fun Sunday afternoon playing with beautiful fabric, a Japanese Bird and some scraps.
When ironing the fabulous orange table cloth, I discovered that it was not cotton, but hand woven linen; it says so on the label. Sometimes it’s hard to tell until it’s ironed, you know.-)

It was not suitable for rotary cutting, so I used scissors; picked a thread to follow, and tried to cut along it. I absolutely love how the different textures go together.

I a am bit ahead regarding the challenge, wanting to show some examples of what you can do and how you can use the cloths. I have posted the step by step process for this pillow here to show one way to work with loosely woven fabric.

So, if you have some old table cloths lying around (coffee stained or not) sign up for the challenge and put them to use! Narrow table cloths that does not fit anything? Make them into pillows or table runners. Coffee stains? Cover them with appliqué. Gory or boring colours? Dye it or add fabric paint! Rough fabric makes wonderful backgrounds, embroidered motifs can be pieced into or appliquéd onto anything – the cloths don’t do much good just lying there anyway, right?

Click on the image to get to the invitation.
I’ll be posting more of my experiments in the upcoming weeks.


  1. Nina Lise, it's lovely! Great inspiration for your challenge. Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is great, I love all the bright circles in your birdie!

  3. Hi Nina Lise,

    Another gorgeous Japanese birdie. I just love the circles and the textural difference of the ex tablecloth
    BTW congratulations to the winners of the little birdies and yummy sugar-free chocolate...sounds too fantastic to be true LOL

    Hugs, Sharon

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!
    Hopefully spring will come now!


  5. Nina Lise, I love what you create during your play time! Gorgeous!

  6. Så fin den ble. Du har vel snart en hel putehaug i sofaen!;)

  7. This one is such fun - I really love the colours!

  8. That's the cutest Spring Chicken I ever did see.

  9. What a fun bird. Your challenge sounds great. I might have to find me a table cloth.

  10. I'm starting to think you love red as much as I do. Love your bird!!