From Textile to Table — Challenge # 10

Buckle your seatbelts, this is a Prize challenge! Everyone who enters the From Textile to Table Challenge will get one chance in a random drawing for a $50 Michael’s Gift Card!

Yowzah! Tell all your friends.


Here’s a design Challenge that combines fresh fabrics and gorgeous tableware. A proper Design Junkie lusts after both. I know if I enter a fabric store without blinders and a focused list, I’m in trouble. Same goes for tableware, especially luscious, hand-painted dishes dripping with yummy hues. If only I had a butler’s pantry, I’d give Martha Stewart a run for her money.

Here at HomeWorkshop, we’ve worked on our own fabric designs; now let’s use a fabric design as inspiration.


I’ve been loving those big damask patterns you see on some home accessories, so I clicked over to and ordered up a pretty piece of “Polly Goes to Paris Damask” in Dark Chocolate. Hmmmm, is anyone else suddenly hungry?

Then my daughter and I motored over to our local paint your own pottery place, All Fired Up. She worked on a top-secret Father’s Day gift and I picked out an unusual boat-shaped dish, sort of a cross between a plate and a bowl.



I chose a small part of the damask motif and drew it on the dish in large scale. I’ve been trying to use restraint with my projects and I wanted something clean with a bit of color, so I left a good part of the dish unpainted.



I’m likin’ the result (top). Now I need to sew a table runner or large place mat out of the fabric and this will make a great appetizer serving dish for a summer party.

There’s your inspiration project. This week’s Challenge: Use a textile or fabric design as inspiration for a design on dishware. There’s no need to buy a new piece of fabric, you can get just as much inspiration from your tablecloth, a woven pillow on your couch, your sheets, or even your favorite bag.

Find a design you like and then adapt it for a dish, a plate, a bowl, even glassware. I chose to paint a ceramic dish at the pottery place and you can too, or you can use craft-store glass paints on a glass plate at home, or glass etching cream for a design on a pair of Martini glasses — you name it.

michaels-gift-cardThe only rule is to let the textile design be your starting point to create a design on some type of dishware. Okay, there’s one more rule: Have fun.

And everyone who enters by the deadline gets a chance to win the $50 Michael’s gift card!

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When you're done, snap a photo and submit your entry. Do so by Wednesday, July 29, 2009 to be included in the Ta-Da! Challenge Results post. We can't wait to see what you do!

From Textile to Table -- Challenge # 10

  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
  • Ta-Da! Challenge Results: Thursday, July 30, 2009

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1. Rachel in Pleasanton, California, USA 

1. From Rachel in Pleasanton, California, USA:

Rachel's entry

I’m really into Moroccan / Spanish design right now. I absolutely adore the bright colors, curvy lines and intricate patterns. I used a metallic copper paint for this serving dish because I think it just goes so well with the pale blue – much better than the flat rust color in the fabric.

For me, the fabric design conjures up images of elaborately covered floor cushions on a terracotta floor, with the sound of the daily call to prayer in the distance, while sandalwood incense wafts around the warm, shaded room.

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7 Comments for “From Textile to Table — Challenge # 10”

Kathy ~ I love that you matched your dish to your inspiration fabric! What a great way to get a unique look at your table.

Thanks, Kathy. It was so much fun, now I need to plan several coordinating pieces.

Hey, I’d love to have you give this Challenge a whirl…just throwing that out there. ;)

– Kathy

Fabulous!!! What a great idea!!! Love it!

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