Dahlias and Threads

P9214852Two of my favorite things are dahlias and textiles, especially handwoven ones like this beautiful piece from San Gimignano. I’m attracted to work like this because I’m never going to weave with threads so small and have great appreciation for the time it must take to thread a loom with fiber no thicker than sewing thread. So how do the two combine? On a table where they become inspiration for this night’s dinner gathering.With colors much like the dahlias, the harlequin patterned plates are a natural choice and need no background other than the copper toned chargers. Add rose toned flatware from Target and teal thumbprint stems that were a lucky find at a back road antique shop and the settings are done.

Ladies will find their places where napkins are secured by dragon fly napkin rings from Ikea
 and guys theirs where there is a cigalle. I think it is supposed to be what holds a cloth in place on a windy day, but for me it’s a handy napkin ring.

 In the fading light of day, the colors and textures on the table are a perfect complement for that shining through the windows.   Dinner is going to begin with a zucchini basil soup that is easy to prepare and is tasty warm or cold. With the weather being cooler, I’m going for warm this time.

Zucchini Basil Soup

4-5 medium zucchini 

4 c. chicken broth

1/3 c. Chopped onion

1-2 T. chopped basil

Salt and pepper 

Over medium heat, simmer first 3 ingredients until vegetables are tender. Add basil and with an immersion blender puree until the mixture is smooth. Season to taste.

When ready to serve, add a dollop of sour cream or yogurt and a sprinkling of fresh basil.

That’s all there is to it except for sitting back and enjoying.

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13 thoughts on “Dahlias and Threads

  1. Your Dahilas are just beautiful, I just love those colors. Your soup looks like a great recipe that I would love to try. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. It helps to clear our mind to be creative and your table is so beautiful and very artist. I love to do crafts and I am getting ready to decide what home made christmas gifts to make for family this year. I love the way to come up with new ideas from Pinterest and just make it. Maybe I am old fashion but it’s my way. Love your blog. Thanks for being so kind to stop by my blog. Jackie~

    1. There’s nothing old fashioned about receiving a handmade gift. To me it shows a special kind of caring.

  3. I ADORE dahlias and yours are gorgeous. You have such an artsy flair with tablescapes.
    I am intrigued by your soup. Pinning to try.

  4. I love the way you thoughtfully and artistically pulled together a beautifully table for the dinner gathering. Too often it seems like the the design of attractive tables is a lost traditional.

    1. Thank you, Sheryl. Setting tables is one of my favorite ways to be creative.

  5. Linda, the cloth is gorgeous and I have always loved dahlias! Perfect for a cooler evening with your yummy soup!

  6. That’s a great combination – dahlias & threads, specially ones so pretty.
    The table setting looks adorable! :))

  7. Simply lovely! This so pretty for a fall evening dinner. I love your colorful rimmed plates for they complement the bouquets. The texture in the cloth with its intricate pattern is so beautiful. The soup recipe sounds yummy on a chilly autumn meal!
    Have a grand weekend!

  8. Pretty decorated table, Lulu! The soup looks delicious! I will definitely make it….Christine

  9. The table looks inviting and the soup sounds lovely! Have a wonderful time. We drove by a few fields of dahlias today…

  10. Your tables are always so unusual and artistic Linda~ the dahlias and the cloth are beauties, and the soup sounds wonderful~

  11. Sounds yummy. Will definitely be trying this one! Table looks beautiful!

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