I knew that renting any type of fancy linen (from BBJ or Wildflower) for runners was going to be expensive and they weren’t going to have exactly what I wanted. So I decided to make them myself. I found fabric in downtown LA, a beautiful lush green silk and a black and white damask flock. The flock was pricey, but I liked the rich texture it had compared to the flat damask. The green silk was a whopping $8 a yard.
Originally, I was just going to do solid green runners, but I liked how the two fabrics looked together so I added the damask as a border. I love how the white square plates popped against the black and white flock.
To make the linens I used stitch witchery. In all I made, 4 18′ long runners, 8 damask pieces for the buffet, DJ table etc, and 2 solid green runners for the place card table and buffet. It was a lot of work, but the effect was exactly what I wanted and the overall cost was pretty darn reasonable. Plus, now I have some linens in house that I can use for my clients!