Published at Sunday, November 10th 2019. by Bon-Hwa Kwon in table_linens.
The next step is to decide what colour your table linens should be. The table should smoothly integrate with the rest of the room around it, either coordinating with the decor or providing an attractive contrast to balance it out. If the rest of the decor is heavily patterned, for example if you have complex wallpaper, a monochrome table cloth in a colour that compliments the overall palette will work well to balance it out. Of course, once you have found the perfect table cloth you will then be able to think about placemats and napkins. They should also coordinate with the overall decor of the room and with each other. For an extra finishing touch you can learn how to fold the napkins in a fancy way to make a special impression on your guests.
The first step in the process is to choose a company that provides both table linen and chair cover rentals that coordinate. Once you find a company that you are pleased with or that you feel comfortable working with, the next step is going to be to find the choices that you want in color, theme, style and texture. Table linens and chair covers come in a variety of different styles because the goal of these providers is to come up with products that meet a variety of different needs.
Finally, if this is to be used frequently and children will be at the table, you will most likely want an easy care cloth. There are varieties in cloths that will make care easy. The first is the coated cloth. The cloth is either of printed design or woven and then a coating is applied so the cloth can simply be wiped clean. They will in some cases be very close to uncoated cloths in drape and feel and so they can be used freely for any occasion. The second is cloth that is woven with threads that are pretreated before weaving. These can also be wiped clean with a damp cloth and have the added attraction of feeling and draping exactly like untreated cotton. Both of these have been child tested and live up to their promise.
Today table linens, called service linens in restaurants and catering companies, are used for formal occasions such as family dinners, holidays, weddings, birthdays and tea parties. In fact, most modern homes are void of good table linens. Everyday use has gone by the wayside and placemats are now the norm in most households. If cloth napkins and tablecloths are needed, local linen services can supply any size, color or shape of tablecloth and napkins for a nominal fee.
When the water is drained, soak up as much water as you can with towels. If possible, hang the linens outside to dry. If this is not possible, you may be able to put your linens in the dryer on a low setting. Try to take them out before they are completely dry. Hang them over the shower rod if you do not have somewhere outdoors to hang them. Ironing your linens is best done when they are slightly damp. Real linen has to be ironed on a high setting, but it will also burn easily. Steam helps to avoid burning. Starching your linens will help them to repel liquids and other stains, while decreasing the need to be ironed. You can use liquid starch in the rinse water, or a spray starch when ironing.
Renting custom linens can run into big money, but there are a few minor changes that a bride can make to her tables that will not cost an arm and a leg. The best way to add style on a budget is to keep the standard white tablecloths, then dress them up with specially chosen accessories. A square table topper can be placed over the white cloth on a round table to add color and even texture. Renting table toppers will be far less expensive than comparable tablecloths in the same fabric. In fact, since they are simple squares, they can be very easy for the diy bride to sew herself. When you make them yourself, you will be able to use a very unique fabric, such as a shimmery organza with embroidery for an evening wedding or a cheerful gingham for an afternoon reception.
Prior to weaving and spinning, the women would color the flax. Bleaching the fine Swedish table linens was difficult, as many of the dyes were not colorfast. Some of the natural dyes that were utilized were from natural findings leaves, lichens, moss, and bark. In the rare occasions when other colors were requested, they could buy colorings--logwood, gambier, indigo, and Farnock (from a tree).
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