Our venue is beautiful and magical and it one of the those set ups where you do everything yourself. Hire everything, including the linen.
It means a lot of work but then I guess it’s a bit more special.
We also have the venue from the Friday till the Saturday which is amazing. We have a lot of time to set up and get ready.
So I started thinking about where we are and what sort of food we are having. I truly believe in a well dressed table, it hurts my eyes when table cloths have thick folding lines. It makes me want to Holt the wedding breakfast and iron the tables..
I don’t even have ocd I just hate an in-ironed tableclothes.
I love a dressed table, flowers, nice glasses. If someone has made the effort then I really appreciate it. So I decided to dye my own napkins.
Is that crazy?
My friend Charlotte showed me a picture of her sisters birthday where they ombré dyed the napkins a gorgeous grey and well I fell in love.
She found the napkins at a place in brick lane where hotel and restaurants get rid of perfectly good seconds. And so she bought mine.
Task as hand
Yup all 120 napkins plus a few spares.
This sounds like a mammoth chore but it’s not.
I did the first batch in a few hours in a patch of sunshine the British weather bestowed on me.
So I read the instructions and like any modern women I watched a few YouTube videos to boot.
The best piece of advice I got was that the fabric had to be wet in order to absorb the dye better.
I used two different strengths of dye and dipped my first batch of napkin. I put them in different buckets. So I popped them in my weaker green bucket. Then into the darker second. I am just going for a ombré effect and I love the results so far.
I used the length of my glove as a measurement and held my napkins at an angle so that one corner was left white.
They are still drying in this picture I had to cover the deck with plastic you get for painting so that I didn’t stain everything. I used gloves so my hands didn’t go green. Only when I moved the dye it exploded onto my hands and I now have green tinged fingers.
At least it matches my ring!
I really enjoyed myself.
I only have 90 more to dye as these are currently in my bathroom drying over night.
I can’t wait to have these finished and another job ticked off my list!
What DIY jobs have done, doing?