Recently, I showed you how to gild a tea light holder. I photographed the finished item against a background of a festive table runner and promised to tell you how the runner was made. So now, I will. The runner and its matching table mats were made from a fabric called Roc-Lon. It is made in the USA, it paints well and does not fray.
Both sides of the cloth were painted so that I can stencil a festive design on one side and an every day version on the other.
For the border that edges the table mats and for the swag decorating the runner, I chose a deep plum colour. This colour also appears in the stencilling on the dining room floor.
I drew around a dinner plate onto stencil film then cut it out with a scalpel. That gave me a circle stencil and a round disk of film. I used the disc as a stencil mask and placed it centrally over the mat. I then painted from the mask to the edge of the stencil with the plum coloured paint.
This allowed a contrasting colour to border the mat.
This protected the plum border and acted as a mask for the Holly Stencil that I was going to repeat over the green area of the mats. Finally, using my best handwriting and a gold calligraphy pen, I later wrote excerpts from Christmas carols around the edge of the mat. The gold showed well on the plum band.
For the table runner, I cut a long piece of rectangular Roc-Lon which I painted its background colour. Then I stencilled around the edge of the fabric with our Ivy & Damask border stencil.
The object of the masks is to stop the stencil design from straying where it should not.
After I finished stencilling holly on the table runner, I emphasized the centre panel by drawing a coach line with water proof marker pen and a long ruler.
The central panel inside the coach lines was coated with Acrylic Varnish. I had tipped a little glitter glaze into the varnish, it adds a lovely sparkle in low lit conditions. Then, I protected the entire runner with un-glittered varnish. One of the good points about Roc-Lon cloth is that one can cut it into interesting shapes without the edges fraying. I followed the edges of the Ivy & Damask stencil with my scissors, cutting around the leaf shapes and fabric folds. I only managed to get two table mats completed so that will be an enjoyable task for the new year. It will be worth it as the colours work well in the room and the mats and runners will be heatproof and easy to wipe clean.