Tiny vintage table toppers, part 2Posted: July 18, 2014 Filed under: Vintage tablecloths, What we collect | Tags: vintage tablecloths, Wilendur Comments Off on Tiny vintage table toppers, part 2
Tiny tablecloths were never on my mental list of things to collect. I have to admit that the moments of discovery (Oooooooh! A tablecloth!) have always been followed by a letdown (Shoot! It’s small!) But that hasn’t stopped me from buying them anyway.
A Facebook commenter pointed out that some tiny tablecloths are merely cut down from larger pieces. Here’s a Wilendur that’s hemmed on all four sides. It was sewn by a perfectionist who made it exactly 34″ square.
At one time I had so many duplicates of this tablecloth I asked my mother to sew seat cushions from them for my kitchen chairs. (I’ll have to pull them out of storage!)
Wilendur tablecloths frequently feature repetitious designs set in a grid. From a marketing perspective it’s a brilliant idea. They could use the same yardage to create a tablecloth 48″ or 120″ long. This tablecloth is cut and hemmed on all sides to 34 by 36 inches.
I’d love to find this pattern in a huge size for a fall dinner party table. (I’d happily ignore the color clash in my dining room.) Unfortunately, it would have an equally huge price tag. I know–I’ve looked on eBay and Etsy. I don’t need it so it’s not going to happen unless I miraculously find one in the wild. Fat chance!
I’m sure there are lots of people who avidly collect Wilendur tablecloths. Honestly, I prefer complex borders of the designed-one-size cloths. This one is hemmed on two sides and measures 29 x 34 inches.
Feast your eyes on this lovely closeup:
Last but not least, a wild floral border. This one is also hemmed on two sides only and measures 32 by 36 inches.
I’m always impressed by how much mileage designers could get out of two or three colors.
So that’s it for my entire tiny tablecloth collection. Sometime in the future I’ll have to show you how I use them. Stay tuned!
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