Wednesday morning I went on an impromptu jaunt to Spring Green (WI) with a couple of my sisters-in-law. Our first stop was Convivio. Two of us had fallen under the spell of this gem of a shop on previous visits. But it was a new experiece for the third. The space itself exudes charm as it's located in an old building with wood floors, high celings and light that streams in through big windows. Then there's the friendly staff and the fabulous goods for sale.
When I'm in Convivio my eyes instantly gravitate toward textiles. The store has a large selection of beautiful napkins and tablecloths, many of French manufacture, in luscious color combinations. There are also Indian print cloths and runners, which caught one sister's eye. Another was taken with the pillows using Indian saris sewn in the kantha technique. On my last visit I bought a large throw using this technique with saris. There's a different color scheme and pattern on each side making the pillows and the throws very versatile.
My fiber find on this trip was a large woven cloth from Indonesia using the ikat dying technique (all three photos). It's heavy-weight cotton and roughly 77 inches x 93 inches. Big enough to cover my dining room table with both leaves in or to toss over my couch. I knew it would look good with all my stoneware dishes and that spills would not show as much on such a busy pattern if I want to use it on the table. Nor will it show dirt if we put it on the couch so we can come in from working in the garden and plop ourselvers down on it without fear.
Be sure to check out Convivio next time you're in Spring Green. They are also a great source for all kinds of gifts and kitchen and entertaining items as well as wines and chocolates. And don't miss their beautiful ribbon: lots of colors, widths and many embroidered styles, sold by the yard.
Be sure to check out Convivio's hours before you visit as they are still on their winter schedule in April.