A HANDMADE gathering
Make the most of the last rays with Fran Stone’s gorgeous tableware ideas for easy outdoor (or indoor) entertaining
MATERIALS Table runner
Linen table runner Bright pink dye
Linen napkins Bright pink dye Paintbrush
Cutlery you don't mind painting
Martha Stewart Satin Paints Decopatch Aquapro Professional Gloss Varnish Masking tape Paint brush
Paint marker pen Small planter Cotton buds (for mistakes)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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