Sunday, April 23, 2017

First Housewarming Tea Towel Done!

Impromptu tea towel project, yielded fast results ;-).
Here is my first housewarming tea towel for my new kitchen stitched by me (with a bit of help!).

The pattern used is an Aunt Martha's vintage one,
called "Dishes and Flowers"- no.3200.
It all started few days ago, when my younger child asked if she could stitched a towel for me (her older sibling is working on one).
I found this pattern which is very beginner friendly, and thought 
it was perfect for my little one to give it a go.

Today she asked if she could start her towel. After a bit of volunteer work from home, and a couple of house chores, I needed to put my feet up for a bit, but not before getting the pattern ironed on to the towel, and hooping it. She was very into it, for a few minutes. Then it was nap time, she asked if I could finish stitching the teapot while she napped, and she will do the flowers once nap time was over. I agreed.

Above she is making the first few stitches.
Needless to say... I ended up finishing it. Such an easy going pattern! By the time nap time was over, I was almost done :-). Little one was looking forward to playing with her sister, she didn't mind much that I did the flowers ;-).
Sidenote... kind of nice that even though this is a vintage pattern it still ironed nicely. It took a bit longer than the newer ones I have with black ink, but still gave a very nice transfer.

Haven't touch the actual kitchen towels I have ready to begin embroidering. This was a very easy design, which served as the motivation to keep stitching, knowing that I was going to see it finished today. Simple lines, a few colors. Now I want to stitch the other designs in this transfer! I've been trying not to think much on a recent Dr. visit... this project was a much needed therapy.

Very interesting, the red ink on this vintage pattern transfers very similar as the red transfer pencil sold by Colonial Patterns. 
Do you use your vintage patterns? Do you cut your vintage patterns? There was a time I used to be against cutting them, not anymore. Hand embroidery brings joy to me, mainly the stitching,... a bit less fun when trying to preserve a pattern intact. Don't get me wrong. I totally like collecting patterns, and keeping them in good condition, but do not mind any longer cutting into them.  Totally respect your opinion if you differ ;-).
Hoping to be back next week with more needlework updates!
Have a nice Sunday and week ahead!


  1. It must be wonderful to be able to pass on your craft skills to your children. You have made me want to do more embroidery. The Teapot is a lovely design for your little ones to sew. The Vintage Transfers I had didn't transfer very well so sadly they went in the bin. They were of alphabets to embroider which would have been useful

    1. Thanks, I hope that it stays with them! Just a couple of suggestions for patterns than don't seem to work/transfer,... you could go over them with a transfer pencil, or trace them onto your material using a light source and a water soluble marking pen/pencil or a regular pencil (my Mom used to do that). You could also trace them using tracing paper and an iron on transfer pen/pencil, then iron onto your fabric.

  2. I grew up watching my momma embroider. I now have several of her dresser scarves and pillowcases. It is a beautiful craft. I haven't embroidered in a long time but i do like to collect the vintage patterns. It's wonderful that your daughter has an interest in it. She obviously sees the enjoyment you get from it.
    xx Beca

    1. Thanks! How wonderful that you grew up watching your momma embroider and inherited a few of her embroidered work!

  3. Very cute! I hope your daughter picks up your love of hand embroidery as an adult. I was exposed to it via my mother when I was little (metal frames back then!) and finally picked it up again later in life. Now I love it and can't imagine not doing it.

    1. Thank you, I hope so too! Similarly, my mom was the first one to introduce me to embroidery before I enter kindergarten, but focused on it after getting married.

  4. The vintage designs are beautiful, and I love that you're using flour sack towels.
    Also agree from your comment on my blog that a fully stitched towel as a table topper would look amazing. If you don't mind I shall put that idea in my planner for one such day. :-)

    1. Thank you, and... Oh please do! A mix of hand embroidery with the beautiful appliqué you do will be beautiful on a table topper!


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