I've been busy embroidering a new tea towel!
I really fell in love with this sweet vintage design.
It is another Aunt Martha's Embroidery Pattern in 'Kitchen Designs' #400
You can buy this pattern book and many others at www.colonialpatterns.com
Each booklet contains a dozen or more reusable designs to simply iron on.
You can also buy vintage striped towels, flour sack towels, pillow cases, reusable bags, and napkins, all ready to transfer and embroider.
I used a large flour sack towel, 33"x38".
Slide your transferred design into a medium sized embroidery hoop and tighten.
Choose several complimentary colors of embroidery floss.
Here I have used pastels.
But it would be equally sweet done in bright colors.
These colors match my kitchen.
I used 3 strands of floss. Floss comes in 6 strand skeins. Just separate the threads after cutting your length.
I used a simple back-stitch, shown above, for the entire design.
I love this embroidery because it is portable and easy.
I used a 6 strand blanket stitch around the edge in sweet lavender.
These country cottage dish towels add a special touch to your kitchen.
And can also be used as charming tea cloths for entertaining.
Or a gift for someone special.
Recipe for oatmeal cake here; http://beatriceeuphemievintagecottagestyle.blogspot.com/2011/05/oatmeal-cake.html