I went to the fabric store to buy thread. Of course, the thread spools were in the back of the store. I had to walk by rows and rows of gorgeous colors and attractive designs aiming at getting my attention. Holding my head straight, I kept looking at the back wall while walking at a brisk pace. I was doing well–I had passed by the expensive embroidered fabric without touching it, I had not turned my head the slightest to spot the new arrivals and I looked at the cutting table when I arrived at the section reserved for the 100% cotton destined to the quilters–I was doing very well indeed. Only the seasonal table remained between me and my goal. But then, red entered my peripheral vision. My all-time favorite color. I had a moment of weakness and turned my head, not much, but enough to realise that the red belonged to cardinals. My favorite bird. Before I knew it, my hands were on the fabric assessing the thickness and the texture. A few seconds later, my mind was set on a tablecloth and napkins. Those cardinals with their golden accents would be glorious on a winter table ! How could I resist ?I made a simple border with a stitch I have on my sewing machine. I call it the crescent stitch. I sew at approximately 1/2″ from the border and afterward cut along the stitches with embroidery scissors. The cutting take some time, but I just love the lacy effect this technique creates. I have done it on several tablecloths and I can affirm that this border can stand many sessions into the sewing machine. The thread is very secure if you do not cut too close to it.
Red may seem too vivid for a table setting. The red on this fabric is not, though, because all the colors are slightly faded. Don’t you find that these lovely cardinals are glorious ?