"Rondom dezen disch geschaard", kind of old fashioned Dutch for "to be seated at this table", with these words my grandfather started every mealtime prayer. I had no idea at the time what he was talking about. It was just a strange phrase to start dinner with, I guessed.
As I picked up the plan to make my own tablecloth this sentence came up again. I like a well set table. No pots or pans on the table, but proper bowls and dishes, and Wedgwood china every day. Not only did I inherit the love for fabric and beautiful damask tablecloths, I even have my own heirloom pieces. In early days, days gone by, so to speak (that's what Vervlogen Dagen means in English), almost every woman made her own tablecloths. In my family, for some reason, there are various hardanger style tablecloths.
My tablecloth is not hardanger, does not even involve needle and thread, sor far. I started to screenprint one. Not as time-consuming maybe, but nevertheless it's quite a process. I drew our cutlery and the Wedgwood print on the back of our plates and handlettered the "rondom dezen disch geschaard". Then I bought some (almost four metres) of white linen and measured it all out on my actual table.
This week I did the first half of the tablecloth and I can't wait to get the rest done. It's just what I had in mind.