Dinner Party Repurposed

Linen Napkins

Repurposed napkin and silver spoon.

Repurposed napkin and silver spoon.

I hear a lot about repurposing these days, old doors for tables, tractor seats for chairs (that might be just a Montana thing), but basically repurposing serves to bring new life to an object that has worn out its original usefulness. Thrifty homesteaders and rural dwellers have been repurposing objects for centuries. Some of the most endearing quilts still remain those containing remnants of worn dresses, shirts and dungarees whose value rest with peace rather than toil. I can’t bring myself to repurpose something that’s purpose is still intact, for example, I have a set of linen napkins and a tablecloth to match. The intricate cutwork design worked neatly into a quilt block, but they’re perfect, no stains or tears, they have not outlived their usefulness as napkins, so I am not inclined to repurpose them. But on the other hand I can’t bring myself to use them as intended for fear of staining them. I made one patchwork block from the linen napkin pictured here with a silver spoon that may have sat along side each other at a fancy dinner party years ago.