Perfectly Imperfect

A few years ago I attended a knitting workshop. I was knitting along and noticed I had made a tiny mistake quite a way back in my project.  Upon noticing my dismay, the instructor launched into a speech saying that it is the tiny imperfections that show the difference between handmade and machine-made. Handmade is made by a real person with skill and care; machine-made means, well, made by a machine! I’ve always thought of that when I look at the hand-painted designs on the pieces in my Blue Ridge pottery collection.  Each plate, cup, saucer, bowl etc. was painted by hand, making no two pieces alike, even those with the same pattern.  Perfectly imperfect (which just happens to be the theme for this week’s Texture Tuesday) !

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Although I have almost an 8 piece set of one pattern, Sun Bouquet, I usually mix up my table settings and include pieces from several patterns.  Most of the patterns I look for are in primary colors, so they blend well together.  And there’s my newest Mason jar (yes, I now have two) in the middle- it’s perfectly imperfect as well!

Edited with two of Kim’s textures, 1301 and sybil.  Linking up with Texture Tuesday today.

12 responses

  1. love the way you show us the week theme!! a good start of the day to me seeing all those bright, vivid colors 🙂

    April 15, 2014 at 2:10 am

  2. Lovely colours an attractive setting too, visiting from Texture Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014 at 2:59 am

  3. Love this Melinda, so springy and just right for this time of year. Happy The Ball jar is just Perfect isn’t it for all of this? A perfect setting.

    April 15, 2014 at 4:43 am

  4. Such a lovely post, and I love the knitting story…so true. Your Ball jar is going to be a hit, finding it’s way into your life. Love this so much!

    April 15, 2014 at 6:05 am

  5. Barb

    Lovely words, Melinda! That dinnerware is gorgeous and your Ball jar is glorious!

    April 15, 2014 at 6:26 am

  6. Susan

    I want to come and sit at your table. It is so pretty!

    April 15, 2014 at 6:46 am

  7. joan

    Blue Ridge!

    April 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

  8. Nevin

    Of course I love this photo! Blue Ridge pottery (especially the Sun Bouquet pattern) adds such color and joy to the table! Thank you, Melinda, for this beautiful photo and for sharing that it is okay to make mistakes in knitting!

    April 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

  9. Lovely post Melinda! Your tableware is beautiful!

    April 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

  10. Beautiful setting. All the wonderful colors. Love the new vase.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm

  11. Claudia Lowery

    I like……especially the flower vase……

    April 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

  12. Oh I love your tableware, you have taken a lovely image of it.

    April 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

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