A few months ago, I was in Anthropologie and got inspired by one of their displays that had painted fabric that looked like cupboards. I don’t think it’s possible to go in Anthro without being inspired. I fell in love with the look of brushstrokes on fabric and have had that in mind for quite some time to do a project. I’ve also been seeing these grain-sack style striped table cloths and runners around a lot, so I took that idea and decided to capture that look along with my own twist.
Handpainted texture is a perfect representation of my style. Its beauty is found in the imperfection of obvious brushstrokes. I’m not one to make sure that everything is colored inside the lines, but find that the overall feel that something evokes is more important to me. I also love that handpainted brushstrokes create an artful, natural feel to the project while still keeping the vintage vibe of the grainsack stripes.
For this project, I was able to use my new-found sewing skills and do a simple hem on the edges. I actually kept the ends raw because the fabric I used already had a finished edge on each end, however if I did this with an inside piece of fabric I would go around all the edges.
I cut the fabric 17 inches wide and about 4 1/2 feet long, although you can adjust the length for your table. I’d love to do another one that is longer sometime soon.
The most difficult part was finding the center for the entire line of the table runner. I made sure to use a square and continuously check the distance between the center stripe and the edge wile making the lines that indicated the center.
And although I don’t have a photo of this, after I finished creating the lines, I taped out the stripes so I could paint right on top of the tape and create that textured look without worrying about going outside the lines (I guess I did worry about staying in the lines a little, but this step was pretty simple!). I used fabric paint mixed with water to give it a more fluid texture. Then after letting it dry for about an hour, I pulled off the tape, and it was finished!
It’s nice to see something on my table other that adds a little character and personality. I love the texture, the vintage design, and the color.
Are you a stay in the lines, attention to detail person or more of a feel as you go, go with the flow type of person like me?