Friday, February 28, 2014

Wall hangings made from Vintage/Antique table cloths

Some of my early blog posts have been so vague, I can sure see the difference from my older posts compared to my current ones. I showed pictures of my projects but never explain fully how to do them, and I still have to get better about taking pictures during the process. I guess I'm so anxious to get started that I forget to take pictures along the way, which is no good when you are trying to convince people that you can decorate on a budget!

Quite awhile ago I lost a lot of my pictures due to my lack of understanding how posting pictures to a blog and what source I use to add photos. So I am revisiting some projects so I can better explain how I made them, and so I can attend some of the blog parties out there to get a little exposure. I have shared some of my most recent projects on these parties and my blog views have tripled! Now I think I am ready to try to learn more about this blogging stuff, there is so much to learn. As you know, up until now, really, I used my blog to keep in touch with family and friends to show them what I've been up to. But I would love to take it to a new level, I am going to try this and see what happens!

Anyway, I have had so many compliments from family and friends on the large wall hangings I have in my house. My open floor plan gives me some large walls to fill and, although I love traditional art, I also love the whole DIY thing. Large pictures can be a bit overwhelming and just to heavy looking, but I need large pieces and I wanted them subtle. This is one of three wall hangings that I will share today.

I made this piece out of an antique tablecloth,  I make a lot of things out of old linens. My husband made me a frame using 1 x1's and he made it 3 inches smaller than the frame, on all sides. So if the 
table cloth is 36" x 36", he made the frame 33" x 33".

Next I would rinse the tablecloth in water, soak it good, and then wring most of the water out of it. Don't worry about wrinkles, when you stretch the cloth over the frame they disappear.

After the water is wrung out then you start stapling tablecloth to the frame. Wrap the edges of the tablecloth around the frame and staple it on the inside of the frame so no staples aren't visible ( this would have been a good time to show a photo, if I would have taken one!)

Do that on all sides of the frame, pulling it very tight as you go. The fabric will give very nicely, but look at your piece on the front from time to time to make sure the pattern is where you want it. In other words, if you have a pattern on the front make sure it doesn't go crooked on you. With every staple you put in, check to make sure your pattern is straight in the front. Put lots so staples in it, all the way around.

As your piece of art dries the fabric will pull tighter and the end result is gorgeous. Large pieces of art yet so beautifully subtle!

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