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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Old fashioned Tea towels

back in the fall,  Manuela posted about ways to make and decorate tea towels.  She had them hung on her stove and I thought they looked so cute.   I remembered I had embroidered some and I found them in my sewing room and got them out. All the embroidery was done but I thought they needed a little something more,  so those towels sat longer in the sewing room......
Until this week,  I wrote in my homekeeping notebook on my things I wanted to
sew quilt squares together
iron
put rick rack on towels
start Valentine dresses for granddaughters.

well,  I did sew rick rack on those 4 towels last night. 
And then I was reading blogs and saw on Lil Red Hen is going to do hope chest things for her 2014 project.  She posted some beautiful red work tea towels.  I am looking forward to seeing what she makes in 2014.  In 2013, she made an apron every month.
 
So,  for now I have a pretty towel hanging on my oven.  Until one of the toddling grands walks by and pulls it off :)

30 comments:

  1. Kids are exactly why I no longer hang a towel from my oven handle. I always found it crumbled on the floor or being used as a blanket for someone's baby. :) I think the rick rack is the icing on the cake and finish those off nicely!

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    1. I think my older 2 grands will leave the towels alone but I am pretty sure the 3 younger ones won't. But they aren't here all the time so I will just enjoy the pretty towels when they aren't here :)

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  2. I love your embroidered towels. Where did you get the bird pattern?
    My paternal grandmother made me a "days of the week" set of towels as a gift for my hope chest. They're put away now since they're well-used and very stained, but I loved them. I have another set we found in her house after she moved to the nursing home, and I think I'll go dig those out right now. :)

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    1. Tammy, good! I think you should use them or at least display them where you can enjoy them

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  3. Very cute Rhonda. No kids here, but still I can not have cute towels like that in the kitchen...the menfolk use them for everything...grease and all....well maybe someday.
    blessings, jill

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    1. Thank you Jill, my bigger guys are pretty good about using rags or old towels. But if they don't, tide and Clorox work wonders on stains.

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  4. So cute! I've seen some tutorials for embellishing towels that include instructions for a towel leash--to keep the towel up where it belongs! You could prob just add something like that if you wanted to.

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    1. Thank you Mary Ann, I just might try that

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  5. Your tea towel are darlin'!!! Are those Aunt Martha designs? I just love birds...Angela

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    1. Thank you, but not Martha's, they are from a big book of transfers I got in the '90s by LEISURE ARTS "From the Heart"

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  6. So pretty! I just posted handmade hanging tea towels & pot holders today as well! :) Come take a peek! :)

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    1. I will come look, your sewing is amazing!

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  7. Those are so pretty even without the rick rack! Although, everything looks cuter to me with rick rack (and pom pom fringe) :)

    Thanks for the link to my blog!

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  8. Those are splendidly done! Love the rick rack! Great touch.

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  9. These are very, very nice and handy! I'm always leaving my towel out of reach. I have several transfers for dishtowels and might make more for my 2014 project. The worse thing is ~ keeping the back of the embroidery work neat! Slows me down. lol

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  10. How very sweet!!! I too would like to do more hand work this year, kitchen towels would be fun. Can't wait to take a peek at Lil Red Hen, thanks for sharing!!!

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  11. I think I am going to disappear for a month and sew and craft to my heart's content! I love tea towels, so this will be my inspiration post for a loooong time. Thanks so much!

    Blessings to your days :-)

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  12. Ohh I love those!! You did a beautiful job!! They look so nice hanging on your oven.

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  13. Love these! Thank you for sharing them on the Down Home Blog Hop this week.~Melissa www.tillysnest.com

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  14. These are so pretty!

    I was doing embroidery on a towel this summer, sitting out on the front porch with Kate while she learned to embroider and once her little piece was finished, to give to her grandma, I put my towel away and just about forgot about it!

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  15. I love your tea towels! When I was young, my mom taught me how to embroider and I remember embroidering anything I could get my hands on. I haven't embroidered in years but I just might have to try again this year :) Now following you on Pinterest.

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  16. Dear Rhonda,

    Thank you for sharing your lovely tea towels with us at Inspire Me Monday!
    Congratulations - you are one of our featured guests this week at

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  17. I love your towels! =)
    They remind me of some that I had when I was a child.
    Congratulations on being featured at "Inspire Me Monday"!

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  18. Those tea towels are so charming! Love the touch of vintage they give the kitchen.

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  19. Very sweet towels! I love the vintage look.

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  20. Oh, my goodness, your mom is a classic beauty. And those tea towels are fantastic! I love them.

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  21. I buy kitchen Towel off the web and sew my own (selvages already hemmed). That way I can get quality fabric. I try something new every time I need to freshen up my supply of towels, there are tons of places on the web to buy toweling. Have a huge stack and hamper for them, and they all go in my washer on the NSF cycle (used to bleach them occasionally which is hard on the fabric, but the NSF cycle treats them better).

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