Handwoven table napkins
Softly textured with a comforting weight, handwoven napkins offer more than lovely squares of cloth for tabletops and fingertips. Enriched with colors from nature and woven with exquisite detail, handloomed napkins are a reflection of the attention and care of preparing a nourishing meal and bring a welcoming sense of home, of belonging, to your table.
Imagine it’s Tuesday evening and you’re sitting down for dinner with your family. You take a moment to look around the room and see the people you hold close to your heart. Each is at their customary seat at the table, each has a placesetting – a plate, flatware, a glass and a handwoven napkin. As your family begins to pass the serving bowls, you lift the textured cloth to place it on your lap. The cotton is soft, the colors are soothing and your heart is full.
I’ve grown very fond of my napkin. I’m a bit possessive of it. For the first couple of weeks, I didn’t want to use it because I didn’t want to get it dirty. Now I bring it every day to work. It’s become almost like a little security blanket – the comfort of home.
I weave cotton napkins to add intangible nourishment to your meal. My beliefs about the beauty of everyday life and the sacred potential of cooking and sharing food with others get woven into the cloth. The joy, contentment and connection that I experience in the creative process are also present in the cloth. These qualities feed your soul, whether you’re eating alone or sharing a meal with others.
I have a ridiculous number of cloth napkins. More than a person could use. At this point, yours are pretty much all I use. There’s a tactile element [to cloth napkins] and yours feel the best. There’s more heft to them, more to them than the napkins you get at Target. You can feel the weaving texturally. Yours have this woven quality about them that I like to engage with.
Whimsy & Tea napkins
• approximately 18″ x 18″
• 100% cotton
• machine wash and dry (read more here)
• soft and durable
• prewashed, dried and ironed
• meticulously hemmed by hand
To get your own Whimsy & Tea napkins, take a look at what’s currently available online. I usually sell them in pairs (or multiples of two) and occasionally have single napkins. I enjoy weaving special orders, so please contact me if you’d like specific colors or designs.
The napkins are pretty much always on the table, unless they’re in the laundry. They show virtually no wear in the TWO years of constant use, and are just lovely to use. I do not baby them in the wash. They go in with everything else – mostly dark t-shirts. I think your attention to detail – hand hem stitching the edges, for example, makes a lot of difference.