Published at Tuesday, October 29th 2019, 02:01:45 AM. Tablecloth. By Dorotea Buccola.
Changing a tablecloth is such a simple thing to do, and it only takes 5 or 10 minutes. So it’s amazing how much of a difference it can make to a room. A new tablecloth can instantly change the entire look and feel of your kitchen or dining room. They’re also an easy way to decorate for the holidays. Just drape a tablecloth covered with Christmas trees or autumn leaves over your table, and you’ll find it nearly impossible not to get into the spirit of the season. Tablecloths have their practical purposes, too. They can protect a table from the perils of hot serving dishes and spilled drinks. They can also help to hide a table that might not be in the best condition. Yes, you can buy tablecloths. But buying a piece of fabric to make a tablecloth is a lot less expensive than buying a tablecloth ready-made. In fact, for the price of one ready-made tablecloth, you can probably make three or four.
Tablecloth buying doesn’t need to be difficult, although we have all stood at the local linen store staring at the large selection hoping the perfect one will just fall off the shelf at us! If you’re in the market for some new linens or just want to know how to start, we’ve got some helpful tips and ideas to get you going.
Tablecloth design, like any other fashion art form, reflected existing tastes and styles of the period. We can use the records of these fashions and moods to generally determine dates. Although in some cases the tablecloths can be assigned to a general decade, as I have done in my book, or even to a specific group of years, the lack of manufacturing records or other cataloguing of these delightful keepsakes makes assigning any one date extremely difficult. For my book, I researched the history of the dyes, copyright & trademark records and poured over vintage catalogs to come up the a “quick reference summary” to help you date your tablecloths.
Perfect for families with young kids, this 100 percent linen tablecloth is so affordable that you won’t feel too guilty if it gets doused in spaghetti sauce or grape juice. (Plus, it’s machine washable and easy to clean.) Still, it’s elegant and suitable for an occasion as formal as a holiday dinner or a business dinner. If you’re looking for a pure white tablecloth, this is a great choice—it’s a stark and bright white with no cream undertones.