Ah, the humble ubiquitous placemat. You know, the round ones made of woven spun polyester, or maybe even straw.
I don’t know why, but I just love them.
Maybe it’s because they are inexpensive, come in many delicious colors, and are widely available.
I never just see them as placemats though. I always look beyond their primary use to see what else they could become.
I’ve unraveled them into a yarn of sorts. I’ve tried to make jewelry with them.
I’ve used them as embroidery/appliques by sewing them onto fabric.
I’ve tacked them directly to my walls for a sort of ‘Morroccan’ ambience in my living room.
But my favorite use for these lovelies:
Hot glue the ‘yarn’ around an empty beer bottle
Attach decorative trim, and Wah-la! A new bud vase.