Saturday, September 05, 2009

Mexican Kitchen


I made another table cloth, this one using a fat quarter I bought at IPQF last year, and some of machine embroideries from Debra's Design Store on Etsy. The fabric had these cute 1940s Mexican motifs, that Debra thought would be perfect with chickens.


She also made up some word tapes for this piece: "mi casa es su casa," is a phrase associated with Mexican hospitality. Literally it means "my house is your house." When you visit someone, it's common to hear as a greeting: "está en su casa," or, "you're in your home." How lovely to have many places to relax in the world.


The chickens add to the homey feel and are common motifs in 40s and 50s kitchen decor.


I made some dishtowels to match with the line embroideries and some leftover fabric. The towels are from the dollar store, but you could also make your own. I found some nice waffled cotton fabric in a local shop, and I could make the towels as big as I wanted.

I'm thinking of making a stack of embellished dish towels for holiday gifts. Personalized word tapes would be really fun, paired with some of Debra's line embroidery, or with trims and rick-rack. Towels for my bachelor nephew will say "Nick's Kitchen."

These towels will be nice paired with home made dried fruit or with some food-related gifts in a jar. One year the kids and I made cookie mix, and that was a big hit. For people to whom I send gifts in the mail, I'll use Christmas-themed cardboard containers (also from the dollar store) instead of glass jars.

Forgive me for bringing up the holidays. Relax, está en su casa, I'll make you a cup of tea.

7 comments:

Judy S. said...

Love it/them! Great use of fabric and embroideries; I especially like the line embroidery...very clever. Nice towels too, a great gift idea.

Vicki W said...

The tablecloth is so cute! BTW, do you get Piecework magazine? The current issues has several articles on miniature textiles. Apparently several magazines coordinated miniature issues for this month.

Kay said...

Very good gift ideas. I did Christmas towels last year but all year is better, especially combined with goodies. It is scary to think how soon this is going to happen though.

Allison Ann Aller said...

I love the table cloth!!!
What a cozy and inviting vibration it has...

Debra said...

We do such good work together!

Plays with Needles said...

I like the idea of dish towels for Christmas presents....

Magpie Sue said...

Charming tablecloth! I can't bear to think of the holidays yet but you've given us some good ideas ;- )