English Cottage Tablescape – Creating with the Classics


We are having some fun today!  The super fun crew at Online Fabric Store challenged a group of bloggers to create a  Premier Fabrics project based on a randomly chosen classic book.  The book selected for me was…

Wuthering Heights

and as you can see, I created an English Cottage Tablescape!

Online fabrics final

If you are joining me from The Handmade Home – welcome!  And if you don’t already read their blog – go now – so creative and Ashley’s writing literally makes me “laugh out loud”.



So, here is the truth.  I like a happy ending all tied up with a bow.  I know, lame.  But, I figure life gets complicated enough, shouldn’t movies and books make us happy?  Well, Wuthering Heights is pretty depressing and dark, in my opinion.  So instead of focusing on the fact that Heathcliff and Catherine never get together and that she dies and then haunts him, I decided to focus that it all takes place in England in the 1800’s.  I know, I really dug deep in the literary gem that Wuthering Heights is.



(Before we go any further, I would like to publicly thank my peonies for blooming right on time.)

I decided the best way to do that was to create an English cottage inspired tablescape, but with a modern twist, compliments of the Premier fabric group.



If you have been around for any time, you should already know.  I.  Don’t.  Sew.

I have come to peace with this.  I have lots of talents.  This is not one of them.  So of course, my project was all completed using my favorite thing in the world – Stitch Witchery.



I created a double layered runner – going almost the full width of the table.  The under fabric can be found here.  And then the top fabric can be found here.  Because what is more English, with a modern twist, than a bunch of large peacocks, crowns and scrolls?  Seriously, I love this fabric.

And then I created napkins using this pink fabric.



Each of the pieces were created by folding a seam and pressing it in place.  Then I ran lengths of the magical Stitch Witchery between the folds.  Placing a wet cloth on top of the fabric, I held my iron in place for a count of 10 for each section.  Of course, read the instructions carefully on your package, but that is really all there is to it.


I layered in gold chargers, simple white plates and the cutest hot air balloon plates I picked up awhile ago at Ikea.  The glasses and flatware are our wedding sets.  I set the table more formal that I normally would with multiple forks, spoons and glasses – but that just seemed appropriately Wuthering Heights to me.

I gathered peonies, wild roses and greenery from my yard and arranged them in glass vases.  I added in some simple votive candle holders and the look was complete.



And now for the fun part – you get so see how the other 7 bloggers interpreted their classic books with a fabric project.

Next stop – Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage.  Tell her I said hello!  But please use a British accent when you do!


Thanks so much for reading and wishing you a great day!


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22 thoughts on “English Cottage Tablescape – Creating with the Classics”


  1. Your photos are absolutely stunning!! And I don’t usually buy books unless they have a happy ending and the villain gets his or her comeuppance. Yep!! I’m one of those people who will stand in the bookstore and look at the back page. I am a fabriholic!! I collect (hoard) fabric. I LOVE fabric!! Did I say how much I like fabric?? I am definitely stopping by the online fabric store. You did a great job, Laura.

  2. Wow, this is so pretty! The peonies are spectacular, I just planted some. I love your plates and the fabrics are amazing…what interesting designs and so pretty! Great job!

  3. I just had to pin this for future reference. I’ve been on a mission to decorate my dining table more rustic-like… a la English Cottage-esque and this was PERFECT! 🙂 I’ve been a long time reader and love your posts!


  4. Beautiful tablescape Laura and peonies are my favorite. I was wondering where you got your silverware? I love the pattern with the little touch of gold. I have a gold rimmed china pattern that would coordinate well with that silverware.

  5. Laura, can you post the link for this online fabric store that you speak about? Did they chose the fabric you used for the tablescape or you?

  6. Beautiful!!! Aren’t peonies just the PERFECT flower? I just wish they lasted longer – but oh, my, how beautiful they are while they’re here!

    Love it!

  7. Not a fan of the book either but sure do like this table setting! I don’t sew either. I know how and can but don’t. The soft pink with the blue is what I like the bestest of all. Happy Weekend coming up!

  8. Love that peacock fabric! Seriously. And the pop of pink is perfection.

    I know….you don’t have to say it. My alliteration and I are amazing. 🙂

    🙂 me