Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I have made today a lovely retro scalloped edge tablecloth.
I originally made this for a birthday party to cover my occasional table, so we wouldnt get too many drinks stains. The table size is about 1m x 1m sqare and this hung over nicely.
Friends all commented on how great this was, and all wanted one too in various colours and sizes. So here it is, a pic of one side. It looks esspecially gorgeous in the pink with the white polka dots, so shabby chic, but i love this retro dot.
I have now added this colourway to my store, and at $35.50 per metre, would make a superb gift or treat. I can make them from 1/2 metres upwards, and in any of the Mexican Oilcloth designs, as they hang beautifully. And great for the non-sewers amongst us. Something ready to use straight away.
Have a gorgeous day, the sun is shining.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Well, today is the last day to guess the date of my youngest boys' birthday during the month of April, Wow where has this month gone to. Autumn is definitely here.
I will inform the lucky winner of the Oilcloth Bunting on Tuesday after the holiday weekend.
I have some new fabrics arriving next week also, Iv been waiting ages for them and finally tracked them down, they are from the Lila Tuellers Soiree collection. They are gorgeous, so will be adding these to my store as soon as they arrive.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Oilcloth pvc ~ what is it?
Oilcoth is a specially treated fabric which has been waterproofed. Originally, oilcloth was made from oil impregnated canvas, leading to the name OILCLOTH, now it is in fact used in the modern sense to refer to cotton backed with a vinyl material which is waterproof and can easily be wiped clean.
The origin for Oilcloth can be found in sail making, as the original oilcloth was made from canvas and used by fishermen and sailors. the canvas material could be coated in oils, waxes and clays to make it waterproof and then used to wrap valuable materials for long sea journeys making them weather resistant. The colours would have been very limited back in those days as it was designed for function and not beauty.
Today, however Oilcloth comes in a variety of thickness and wonderful colours, with many more uses, Oilcoth can be used today in many ways including coverings for tables, chairs and pantry shelves, as well as outdoor cushions, covers for outdoor furniture, bags, totes, doorstops, and aprons, bunting decorations and much more.
Tips on How to sew Oilcloth Fabric ~
Oilcloth is relatively easy to sew, a teflon foot can be used in your sewing maching, making the friction less and the fabric will glide easily.
I personally use Silcon spray, i lightly spray the foot plate of the sewing machine and the pvc side of the oilcloth, eliminating any friction, thats all there is to it. It slides beautifully.
Have a practise first, you'll be amazed how easy it is.
If you dont need a hem for example on a tablecloth, I cut along the length with my pinking scissors (zig zag scissors) just for a nice finish.
I have a selection of oilcloth pvc in my store from designers Red Plum Linen and Cath Kidston available by the metre and 1/4 metre.