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An Heirloom Linen Project From Squam Retreat handmade and vintage goods

Elizabeth Duvivier  is a writer and director of the Squam Art Workshops. Squam is a lake, a gathering, and a community that is brought together by a series of retreats that aim to celebrate creativity as a way of life.

Five years ago, I launched a series of creative retreats called Squam Art Workshops. Squam celebrates creativity as a way of life, and our mission is to dissolve restrictions and limitations on the definition of what it means to be an artist. We celebrate joy, fun, pleasure, beauty and the natural world. Our community receives encouragement, training, inspiration and experience that nurtures the creative spirit. As you can imagine, many wonderful things have grown out of these gatherings, but the greatest treasures, for sure, are the friendships and connections that have developed.

When my friend Jeanine Caron married her British boy last December, I knew I had to have something special to offer the newlyweds. As it happened, I had a set of four vintage pale blue napkins that had been in Jeanine’s Montreal apartment, which she gifted to me before she moved house to London. (She gave them to me because I loved them so much, so only two went into the runner. Two are still with me!) And, I knew just the person to help me incorporate this sentimental textile into an heirloom linen: Maya Donenfeld.

As Maya says,  “I love taking something old and transforming it into something fresh and new. I teach others how to create with salvaged materials in my classes at Squam, on my blog, with patterns in my Etsy shop, and now with my brand new book, Reinvention: Sewing With Rescued Materials.”

To learn how Maya turned these supplies…

…into this heirloom-worthy table runner with a story to tell…

…follow us over to the brand new Etsy Weddings blog. There you will find full instructions for this project by Maya Donenfeld, as well as an array of other how-to’s, tips, and stories to help you craft a handmade wedding. Read more after the jump!

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  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery says: Featured

    I absolutely love the idea of taking something vintage and meaningful and creating something modern and beautiful that will last through the ages.

    3 years ago

  • FalconandFinch

    Lynelle Miliate-Ha from FalconandFinch says: Featured

    This is a great idea! I love old textiles, and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my daily life. I think this is especially perfect for the slightly damaged or single pieces we come across.

    3 years ago

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom says: Featured

    The transformation of old objects can be a beautiful thing. Old items may initially seem useless. Yellowed sheet music, a dusty lampshade, or an old blanket can all be reused and given a new life. With a little love and care vintage objects can shine.

    3 years ago