A HAND­MADE gath­er­ing

Make the most of the last rays with Fran Stone’s gor­geous table­ware ideas for easy out­door (or in­door) en­ter­tain­ing

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MA­TE­RI­ALS Ta­ble run­ner

Linen ta­ble run­ner Bright pink dye


Linen nap­kins Bright pink dye Paint­brush

Dipped cut­lery

Cut­lery you don't mind paint­ing

Martha Ste­wart Satin Paints De­co­patch Aquapro Pro­fes­sional Gloss Var­nish Mask­ing tape Paint brush

Doodle planter

Paint marker pen Small planter Cot­ton buds (for mis­takes)

Mar­bled vo­tives

Glass vo­tive Large, dis­pos­able con­tainer Nail var­nish (both clear and coloured) Cock­tail stick

Cro­chet vo­tive wrap

Jar Any nat­u­ral yarn and a suit­able hook, for ex­am­ple if us­ing a dou­ble knit yarn use a 4mm (UK 8, US G/6) hook, if us­ing a 4ply/ fin­ger­ing yarn use a 3mm (UK10, US D/3) hook Yarn nee­dle, for sewing ends


st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ch-sp(s) chain space(s) dc dou­ble cro­chet htr half tre­ble tr tre­ble ss slip stitch As the last days of sum­mer draw ever closer, gather your friends, fam­ily and loved ones around you and make the most of th­ese long evenings with a sump­tu­ous hand­made fi­esta. We’ve got a whole range of projects here for you to pick and choose from – make just a cou­ple to mix with what­ever you own al­ready, or whip up one of ev­ery­thing for a real cel­e­bra­tory ta­ble spread.

We’ve used dye, paint and nail pol­ish to cre­ate some of th­ese ef­fects – easy-to-source ma­te­ri­als that don’t take any ex­per­tise to use, and can trans­form plain ob­jects in no time – plus we've popped a stash-bust­ing cro­chet pro­ject in there, too. Make the most of the sun by work­ing with messy ma­te­ri­als in the gar­den. Dip dyed ta­ble run­ner

01 Loosely fold up the ta­ble run­ner along the length and then dip it into a bowl of wa­ter. Sub­merge around three quar­ters of the fab­ric in the wa­ter. Take out and squeeze out the ex­cess. Set aside.

02 Mix up your dye ac­cord­ing to the packet in­struc­tions. We used a quar­ter of the amount, as you won’t need the full packet for this pro­ject. Add salt to the wa­ter and mix un­til it’s dis­solved.

03 Leav­ing the table­cloth folded, dip it into the dye and care­fully move it around the bowl. Lift it out of the dye and let it drip dry. Set it aside for an hour, then un­fold and re­fold in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion. Dip it into the dye again.

04 Leave the ta­ble run­ner to dry out then fold one last time and

dip into the dye again. This time, lay the still-folded fab­ric out flat on a dye re­sis­tant sur­face (per­haps out­side) and pour wa­ter over the dye. This will give a wa­ter­marked ef­fect. Leave to dry fully then iron.

Splat­ter nap­kins

01 Th­ese use the same pink dye as the ta­ble run­ner but com­bined with a dif­fer­ent tech­nique, so the pieces will com­pli­ment each other when used to­gether. Lay out the clean, dry nap­kins on a dry sur­face. Don’t let the fab­ric get wet or the dye will run.

02 Dip the brush into the dye, com­pletely sat­u­rat­ing it. Then gen­tly tap the brush against your free hand, over the top of the nap­kin. This will splat­ter dye all over the fab­ric. Keep dip­ping the paint brush into the dye and splat­ter­ing it un­til you have an ef­fect you’re happy with.

03 Dry flat to make sure the dye doesn’t run. Iron with­out steam.

Dipped cut­lery

01 Prep the cut­lery, mak­ing sure it’s clean and dry. Cut off a 2.5cm (1") sec­tion of mask­ing or washi tape and wrap it around the cut­lery stem. We wrapped just above the half­way mark, but you might want to wrap higher or lower de­pend­ing on the style and de­sign of your cut­lery. If you have a range of dif­fer­ent pieces you might want to try vary­ing this, or al­ter­na­tively just keep the same taped-off length for unity.

When you wrap the tape, make sure the edge lines up all the way around on the side you’ll be paint­ing. This might mean the top edge is un­even, but don’t worry too much about that. Add ex­tra tape if you need to straighten this line at any point.

02 Squeeze out a small amount of paint and mix to your de­sired colour, if needed. Coat the brush and paint even strokes along the han­dle, cov­er­ing the en­tire masked-off area. Make sure you cover both the front and back as well as the sides. Place this in a small glass or pot up­side down so that the paint doesn’t touch any of the sides. Now leave to dry while you paint the other pieces.

03 Once the paint is fully dry, add an­other coat over the top. You must be pa­tient while paint­ing on the lay­ers. If the first coat isn’t fully

dry then it’ll come away from the metal and cre­ate a rough sur­face tex­ture. Leave to dry again.

04 Keep paint­ing on lay­ers un­til you have an even, all-over colour. Once the paint is com­pletely dry, add a layer of De­co­patch gloss over the top (we chose this brand be­cause it’s food safe) and leave to dry up­side down in the glass again. Leave overnight to en­sure the gloss is fully dry, then peel off the mask­ing tape.

05 Give the cut­lery a quick hand wash and it’s ready for ser­vice.

Doodle planter

01 Bring your doo­dles off the page and use them to cre­ate cute bowls or mini suc­cu­lent planters for your ta­ble. Firstly, make sure your paint pen is work­ing cor­rectly. Shake it up and, if it re­quires it (check the in­struc­tions), press the nib down onto a scrap of pa­per. This gives you a chance to test the flow of the paint and have a prac­tice be­fore work­ing straight onto your planter. Test the pen on the bot­tom of the planter to make sure it works.

02 You might have al­ready planned your doo­dles out, but if not then this step will help you cre­ate an even and sym­met­ri­cal de­sign, if that’s what you want. Turn the planter over to re­veal the bot­tom. Mark op­po­site points at north, south, east and west, and then again in the middle be­tween th­ese marks. Th­ese will guide you as you draw your de­sign.

03 Be­gin to draw, mak­ing strong, pur­pose­ful lines. If you make a mis­take, quickly wipe off the paint with the cot­ton bud and re­draw. The first layer will be a lit­tle translu­cent, so go over the lines again once it has dried.

04 Build up the pat­tern un­til you’re happy with the fi­nal de­sign. If you want to pro­tect it, you can coat the pot with a gloss var­nish.

Mar­bled vo­tives

01 Fill the con­tainer with warm wa­ter. The big­ger it is the more even your mar­bling will be across

the vo­tive, so use the largest con­tainer you can find. Use luke­warm wa­ter to slow down the var­nish dry­ing. This will give you a lit­tle more time to cre­ate the pat­terns in which to dip the glass.

02 Re­move the lids of both var­nishes. You should open a win­dow and give your­self some fresh air while you’re work­ing with the var­nish.

03 Pour 10-20 drops of clear var­nish into the wa­ter. You won’t be able to see this, but it will help the coloured var­nish mar­ble and give the ef­fect a high con­trast. Then pour the coloured var­nish in next. The more you pour in, the more con­densed the pat­tern will be. You have to work fast so that it doesn’t set be­fore you have time to dip, but if you get it wrong or pour in too much or too lit­tle var­nish, don’t worry. You can eas­ily re­move the dried var­nish once it has formed a thin skin over the sur­face of the wa­ter by run­ning a cock­tail stick around the sur­face to catch and re­move the dried layer.

04 To cre­ate the mar­ble pat­tern, use the cock­tail stick to move the var­nish around the con­tainer be­fore it dries. Sweep it over the sur­face back and forth, hor­i­zon­tally and ver­ti­cally. This will cre­ate the wind­ing mar­bled pat­tern.

05 When you’re happy with the pat­tern, dip the vo­tive into the var­nish. Try dip­ping at an an­gle to cre­ate an even more ran­dom pat­tern. Leave to dry.

06 If you have un­even ar­eas, it’s prob­a­bly be­cause the var­nish was dry­ing too quickly. Soak a cot­ton wool pad with nail var­nish re­mover and gen­tly run over the area un­til it’s smooth. Don’t rub too hard or the whole pat­tern will come off.

Cro­chet vo­tive wrap

This is made from half doilies joined to­gether and fit­ted around your jar. The pat­tern is adapt­able so the fin­ished size will de­pend on the jar, and ten­sion isn't im­por­tant. The doilies start with one round and are then worked in rows.

Foun­da­tion ch5, ss into the first ch to cre­ate a ring. Round 1 ch1 (does not count as st), 8dc into ring, ss into the first dc [8 sts] Row 2 ch3 (counts as 1htr, ch1), (1htr into the next st, ch1) 5 times, 1htr in the next st, turn [6 1ch-sps] Row 3 ch4 (counts as 1htr, ch2), (1htr in next htr along, ch2) 5 times, 1htr in top of turn­ing ch from Row 2, turn [6 2ch-sps] Row 4 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in top of st at base of ch, (2dc in 2ch-sp, 1dc in htr) 5 times, turn [16 sts] Row 5 ch5 (counts as 1htr, ch3), miss 2sts, (1htr in next st, ch3, miss 2 sts) 5 times, 1htr in top of turn­ing

ch from Row 4, turn [6 3ch-sps] Row 6 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in top of st at base of ch, (3dc in 3ch-sp, 1dc in htr) 5 times, turn [21 sts] Row 7 ch6 (counts as 1htr, ch4), miss 3 sts, (1htr in next st, ch4, miss 3 sts) 5 times, 1htr in top of turn­ing ch from Row 6, turn [6 4ch-sps] Row 8 ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in st at base if ch, *miss 1ch, 5tr in next ch, miss 2ch, 1dc in next htr; re­peat from * to end of row. Break yarn and fas­ten off. This will give you one half doily shape. We used a small vo­tive so we made two, but you might need to make more. To make the pat­tern big­ger just con­tinue in­creas­ing the stitches be­tween htr by one each time. To make smaller half doilies, miss a few rows out.

To at­tach the doilies to­gether, start a new row along the straight edge of one half doily.

Place 1dc into each space along the edge and, when you reach the end, pick up the se­cond half doily and con­tinue to place 1dc into each space. Once you reach the end of this piece check the size around the vo­tive. It's ok if it over­laps. If it’s too small, you'll need to go back and add rows or more half doilies. Slip stitch the over­lap to­gether 2 or 3 times to se­cure in place.



SU­PER STYLING: FLO­RALS When it comes to sum­mer flow­ers we’re spoilt for choice. Gather large blooms such as pe­onies and del­i­cate flow­ers such as sweet peas to­gether in posies. Dis­play them in mis­matched jam jars, glasses and jugs for an in­for­mal look.

DiPPED Cut­lery

splat­ter Nap­kins

dip-dyed Ta­ble run­ner

SU­PER STYLING: LINEN Mix and match fab­rics that com­ple­ment your colour theme for a thrifted, thrown­to­gether look. We paired our pink paint splat­ter nap­kins with An­thro­polo­gie striped Har­win nap­kins in mint.

HOME DIYS Om­bré ta­ble run­ner Paint splat­ter nap­kins Mar­bled vo­tives Cro­chet jam jar cosy Paint-dipped cut­lery Doodle vase


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