As promised, I have two purple items to feature in today's Shameless Commerce post -- more eco-friendly cloth napkins. Rhapsody (Pantone 16-3817) is a beautiful medium purple that is one of the Pantone's featured colors in the Fashion Color Report for Fall 2012: http://pasqueflowerponderings.blogspot.com/2012/08/pantone-fall-2012-color-report-revisited.
Now I happen to love PURPLE any season, any year. And I also love the hand-dyed and handwoven Guatemalan cotton fabrics used in these napkins. I purchased the fabric as remnants from Debbie Maclin at Spanglish Fabrics: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Spanglishfabrics. ( Because they were made from remnants, they are one of a kind - OOAK.)
Debbie was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, and she continues to support the craftswomen in mountain villages who weave these beautiful fabrics on treadle looms.
I especially like the fabric featuring ombre bars in shades of purple and lavender. Each napkin is like a piece of abstract art!
The plaid is more traditional, and has a heavier, nubby texture, while still being very soft to the touch.
I decided to hand hem these napkins and miter the corners. The fabric was prewashed with Retayne, a fixative that prevents bleeding in hand-dyed fabrics, so they are machine washable.
To see more eco-friendly, reusable cloth napkins, visit the Kitschy Kitchen Stuff section of my Etsy shop, Pasque Flower Creations: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pasqueflower?section_id=10144150.
LeAnn aka pasqueflower