An invite to a birthday dinner party for a special friend called for something special.
After some thought, I decided on making a small pillow, using a recycled a vintage linen and a scrap from ‘Wishing You Goodwill’ the double wedding ring quilt I have been refurbishing (for years). It’s about 5″ x 8″
I used two different lace accents, layering one on the other for the edging.
Gift wrapped and ready to go
And to start the year off, some new tea towel transfers ordered off of eBay …. I love them all and can hardly wait to get started. Each motif has a specific person in mind.
Delight in the Desert
Who doesn’t love a chicken in kitchen and the chance to honor Native Americans for their cultural contribution to the world of arts and crafts
I love the little mouse and I was thinking an adorable felted holiday mouse ornament with him repeated as a border on it would be perfect! The ideas are endless!
Wishing you all a year of fun, exciting crafting ahead.
I have been having fun with tea towels. Whether you need a gift at the spur of the moment or the event is planned ahead of time, they make the perfect personal gift that says your important to me.
I haven’t decided if I will give all three together or individually along with a bottle of wine and a great bottle stopper.
These will be paired with a fabulous cookbook on herbs. Either given as a set or I will break it up as two towels and book or maybe even with some herb starts (if in season)
The Cilantro is my favorite as I am partial to anything southwestern. I love the A in Basil, the flowers for Oregano were so fun to make and the Chives, well I love chives and they grow wild in my garden, returning yearly. I love to let them go to seed for the beautiful purple flower tops and who doesn’t like a baked potato topped with sour cream and chives.
I just finished the Saturday and Sunday kitchen tea towels. While they turned out really sweet I could kick my self with one of the wooden shoes. I had posted a photo of Monday and Tuesday
but in my rush to get the project finished and in the mail for gift giving on time, I forgot to get a photo of Wed. – Fri.. So no photo finish with this race.
On all the towels I kept the dress colors the same, the dark blue and turquoise except on Saturday for birthday cake giving!
Is it only me? why tea towel I thought and a quick google look see answered my question. Simply put: the term tea towel is used in England and here in the states we know it as a dish towel. Tea towels were used to dry the china that was used while serving tea ~ makes sense. Here we use it for just about everything and anything. There are endless sites and posts on tea towels. I never thought I would find tea towels such a fascinating read ~ but I have.
I took a small detour from my quilting project, from the embroidered tea towels, and cross stitch project. I was lured by some gorgeous yarn I found at the local Goodwill.
With the name Liquid Amber, how could I pass it up? I couldn’t.
I decided to crochet a simple scarf, 20 across, using the Tunisian Lace stitch. This would let the knotty jewels of bound bundles shine as well as allow the yarn itself to be the focal point.
This scarf screams Autumn is in the air.
One lacey scarf completed and perfect for fall gift giving.
The tea towel/flour sack kitchen towel set project has been started. I had forgotten how much I enjoy embroidering and how careful you must be with the hot iron transfers. I single pinned the transfer on. Lifting up just a tiny tiny bit to see how I was doing, I didn’t get the transfer back down in the exact right spot. By towel/day 7 I had the technique down pat.
Two completed while binge watching The Father Brown Mystery’s series on Netflix.
Wednesday is saying ‘oh my’ as I wasn’t the clearest with the transfer printing. You can see where I doubled up a bit. I think it will be ok since I had a similar problem on Monday.
Well I thought 6 season of Father Brown would see me through this project but I guess I was wrong. I am just starting Wednesday and am into the 6th season with 5 more episodes to go.
In my last post I introduced my newest project ~ a set of Monday though Sunday embroidered tea towels. I had found hidden in this wonderful wine bottle case from the Inglenook winery a stockpile of embroidery threads for the project.
Since I hadn’t embroidered in years, a quick sample project seemed a good idea and what better sample than ~
of course something to do with wine
I think I am ready to get started!
I have been driven to drink and am drunk with new idea’s for gift giving.
This gorgeous box holds the secret to my new project.
Stashed away, high on a closet shelf; forgotten for years.
Newly found I discovered the contents were perfect for my new project. A match made in heaven one might say. But first, I did a quick search of the Inglenook Winery for information on the box which led me to their story. It is so interesting, please take a moment to take a look
But back to my story and the reveal of my project.
Inspired by fellow blogger Kathy @
Tea Towels –
Kathy is in the middle of embroidering a set of Dutch tea towels. When I first saw her project I instantly thought of my step mom, who loves anything Dutch – ‘the perfect gift project for her from me’ I was thrilled to find this box filled with embroidery threads. Now to decide on a color palette for my set.
Tea towels, embroidery thread and wine!