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Nikki Ranson

Table Cloth Query

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Hey,

I have been asked to make a red and white table cloth and been asked how much Inwould charge to make one.

This isn’t something I have been asked to make anything like this before.  
 

My question his, what type of yarn should I be using to create an item like this?
 

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You need to ask your requester what they expect.  I doubt it's yarn of any type.  You want something very flat, thin  and 'not squishy'.

When 'tablecloth' and 'crochet' are mentioned in the same sentence, it normally means doily thread and tiny motifs, or could be a solid piece in filet perhaps, but still tiny thread.  Miles and miles of doily thread (literaly, until recently Red Heart used to sell balls of crochet thread that had more yardage than a mile; I've gone thru about 1.5 of them making doilies....over several years....but I would never make myself, or offer to make someone else, a tablecloth.  It's a HUGE project.) 

You  can run down to Walmart and get a fabric tablecloth for....arbitrarily picking the biggest size for the first one that came up in a search, 60"x102"...$17.88.  It would take $17.88 several times over just for the thread you'd need.   Heck, I'd charge more than $17.88 just to add a narrow-ish  thread lace edging around an existing tablecloth that size, would be 9 yards of lace edging--of course they might have a smaller table, but ...!   And if by some odd chance they said, for example, that a tablecloth made out of Read Heart Super Saver is OK...You wouldn't be able to buy the yarn to cover a table for that amount.  And we haven't mentioned the cost of your labor...

...I brought up the Walmart example because people gauge 'value' at what they can pay retail for a similar-use item, which is often less than a crafter's material, let alone time.   [edit, I should add, I BOUGHT myself a "lace" tablecloth at Walmart maybe 15-ish years ago, I'm remembering it was about $15 - not a vinyl one, a  machine knitted 'fake crochet filet' style.  I just looked, they still have similar ones online for about the same price]

 

 

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I was just pricing cloth tablecloths on line, just basic cloth vs vinyl and I was surprised that the prices were considerably higher than they were about a decade ago the last time I bought them.

I've made a couple of embroidered tablecloths and those tablecloths are not the greatest quality preprinted and those kits are expensive.

The crocheted lace tablecloths I've seen are heirlooms made by family for family and passed down. 

You might want to research patterns and see how much thread you are looking at and then get an idea of what it will cost you just for the supplies alone.  This is a HUGE undertaking. 

Realistically even if they were willing to have a thicker tablecloth it can't be acrylic yarn because you can't risk someone putting something hot on it and having it melt.  So it's going to have to be cotton or something else that won't melt?

I'm not sure if this was a commissioned project or a gift request but it is a huge request either way.  My experience is that people asking don't always understand what they are asking.  I had a request over Christmas that I turned down because the person asking had no clue that it wasn't a "simple" request.  In that person's mind it seemed easy enough because I'd made other items however this one was not something I'd have enjoyed making and I said no. 

 

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Did you ever made a smaller piece like a table runner using crochet thread?. If you did you must know how time consuming that  kind of work is. You might be working on that table cloth for couple months...

I did seen a picture of  round table cloth made out of RHSS yarn in white,red & green. To say at least that tablecloth was shocking, not nice at all. 

I would never crochet or like to have any table covering made with yarn specially  made with Worsted weight yarn. That yarn is good for coasters or trivets.

Krys

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Thank you all  for your responses, This is something that my friend would need a bank loan, for sure, I thought that maybe the case, so I will now get back to her with the information I now have, thank you ever so kindly everybody xx

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