By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
Lucille Devine creates useful art that can make every meal a delight.
She calls her business Lucille's Linens. She sells her hand-crafted napkins, tablecloths and runners featuring colorful fabrics artfully arranged in baskets and other unusual containers.
"I have always made napkins and tablecloths for myself, friends and family," Devine explained.
"When my mother-in-law, Barbara McCranie, wrote a poem about napkins called Evidence of a Good Life, I was inspired to share her story and her love for the beauty and elegance of cloth napkins. They make every meal a special occasion." She includes a copy of that poem with each purchase of linens.
Obviously others consider her creations art. They are currently on display available for purchase in the Eye for Art Gallery on Chetco Avenue.
She said she constantly seeks out unusual fabrics to keep a wide inventory of linens for any holiday season or color scheme. She also creates custom sets to match individual themes, decor, or china patterns.
The napkins are sewn, turned, and stitched with coordinating colors, double sided, ample sized 20 x 20.
Her linen art will be on display and available for sale at the Community Christmas Bazaar Nov. 15 at Brookings Harbor High School.
Cherie Andrews, one of Devine's fans, said, "Her presentation in unique containers made me think of an art museum. I never again have to worry about finding the perfect gift for any occasion."
According to Devine, her linen creations are also eco-friendly. She explained, "It takes less energy to do a load of wash than it does to make and dispose of a paper napkin."
About her napkins, Devine said, "They are a simple and inexpensive luxury that brings comfort and beauty to my life."
Devine takes telephone orders, (541) 469-2028. She also has a web site, www.lucileslinens.com.