Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Desk Pad For Paavani

My friend Paavani from graduate school many years ago contacted me to make a custom cloth pad for an antique desk. This desk belongs to her friend's father and she wanted to protect the top of this special piece of furniture while using it to work and write. She requested Marimekko fabric and red or a coordinating color -- since her studio has one red wall and a red rug.

It was such fun to browse the Marimekko website and work with Paavani to select a print. We agreed on this one, and I picked a complementary violet color for the binding. The desk pad is lined with 2 layers of white flannel so the pad is both soft and thinner than a quilted version -- to allow for writing.

Jenny: Desk Pad for Paavani

Jenny: Desk Pad for Paavani

Jenny: Desk Pad for Paavani

Jenny: Desk Pad for Paavani

Jenny: Desk Pad for Paavani

Jenny: Desk Pad for Paavani

I loved working with this bold design and seeing the final result. Paavani was so sweet and sent me photos of the cloth pad at home on the desk.

Jenny: Desk Pad for Paavani


6 comments:

  1. OH! It is gorgeous. Wow. That fabric is stunning! Great job Jen.

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    1. Thank you Angel! Isn't the fabric impressive? I told Paavani that if/when she ever moves and no longer has the desk, she can use the cloth as a wall hanging! The print truly is like a piece of art.

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  2. Yes, beautiful fabric, and beautiful work!! Is it the piece that needed some anti-slippery bottom? What did you decide to do?

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    1. Oh I forgot to talk about that! I ended up getting some non-permanent double-sided fabric tape and a roll of non-slip drawer liner material, and included that in the package to Paavani. We discussed it and she said she would try out the pad by itself first to see if it slipped, and if it did, she would use the tape to affix non-slip liner underneath the pad, on the sides -- i.e. where she doesn't write.

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  3. I would put that on top of the desk, and then put a piece of glass on top of that. So pretty, I wouldn't want to ink it up by accident!

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