Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wedding Stuff - Burlap Runners

As I have mentioned, our daughter is getting married and we are now down to 3 weeks!!!  So lots of wedding projects are going on.  The wedding will be an outdoor ceremony (all good thoughts for great weather on Oct. 20 is appreciated), and the reception will be in a barn.  The barn is at a local orchard so we are hoping for a beautiful fall day with the trees all in beautiful shades of red and gold.  The trees have started to turn colors around here due to the recent cold snap.  We are really hoping for an Indian summer kind of a day with beautiful sunshine.

Anyway one of the projects we did last week was to make burlap runners that will go down the center of the tables.  We are doing rectangular tables that are set up boarding house style, so the runners are LONG.  We started with 10 yards of burlap which I cut into thirds lengthwise, and then started serging and serging...  it was time consuming but so rewarding.

 Yeah, I know - LOTS of burlap!  We then added a beautiful lace edging that we found at Joann Fabrics, in an off white color.

We used an acetate stencil my other daughter Alyssa custom made for Kelly with Kelly and Doug's initials, and stenciled with brown craft paint onto the burlap at each end of all the runners.  It was a bit fiddly getting everything lined up just right but once we had the process figured out we were on a roll.  And due to some starbucks and good music, we were up till 1:00 am working on these, we were determined to get them all done.
The runner with the stenciling complete.  We loved how the brown paint and stencil design looks with the bulap and lace.  Sorry about the hot pink drop cloth, it was the only plastic bag we could come up with to use under the burlap.  We found otherwise the paint would go through the loose weave of the burlap and get all over my table.

And this is what the runner looks like all completed.  Yes we had these layed out all over the studio to let them dry.  OK, one more project we can cross off Kelly's wedding to do list!


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