July '12

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WHAT TO FASHION FROM SCREENING Tote bags made from screening are du- rable and beach-proof. How about a ta- blecloth and matching napkins with em- broidery to coordinate with the tote? This would be a great gift idea—include four reusable plastic plates, eating utensils and matching tumblers. Add salt and pepper shakers, ketchup and mustard dispensers and a cozy throw, and you're on the verge of a picnic. The ensemble has a perceived value that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Try embroidering a panel for a standard screen door. Write "Welcome" across the front and add some flowers and butterflies, or perhaps a pineapple—a standard sign of greeting and hospitality. Fun color screens for each season can add inviting nuance to any entrance. Winter designs behind the glass of a storm door will warm up even the coldest day. Another creative idea is to stitch the house address digits, embellished to match the color scheme of the home. (I wonder if you could put the name of your home business on the screen. Would that circumvent any sign ordinance?) Customers will see the snazzy front door and want their own… a sale before they are even through the door! Use screening as part of a fishing vest to hold those tiny and hard-to-hold flies and hooks. Monogram the fisherman's initials and add it to a ready-made vest or make your own. A classy monogram or initial on a piece of screen secured in a colorful frame makes a great place to store earrings and jewelry. I made a unique bauble-display piece with screen- ing material found at the local hardware store. Use INFO # 9 2012 JULY PRINTWEAR | 31

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