One of the gifts that I really love to make for friends, family and neighbours are embellished tea towels. Sometimes they are practical and other times quite simply decorative - the kind you hang over the oven door and warn your husband not to wipe his hands on. Do you know what I mean?
These three embroidered tea towels I made recently are of that decorative kind, although you may want to give them as useful gifts, or perhaps use the stitchery designs in a completely different way.
All three of the tea towels feature a 5" floral trim sewn about two inches above the hemline of the towel, and to that I've added a completed stitchery and sewn a length of lace across the top edge. There's a row of running stitch in complimentary colours to fix the embroidered block to the tea towel, and then I've blanket stitch appliqued around the edge of the block in white.
The pink tea towel features the addition of two buttons...
...whilst the blue and aqua towels do not.
I bought the Blythe tea towels (by Morgan and Finch) last year at Bed, Bath & Table on sale and chose fabrics from my stash for the feature print.
The thread colours were chosen to blend with both the tea towel and the floral fabrics.
I thought with Christmas not far away that you'd like some simple yet pretty gift ideas, and as so many of us have family and friends far away these days a tea towel can be posted as a large letter which saves on ever increasing postage costs.
I gave the blue tea towel to my dear friend Rosie today when we finally caught up for a morning of coffee, cake, laughter and stitching. Her kitchen and dining area feature blue and white with touches of red in the lovely stitched items she displays, so I chose the trimmings on the blue tea towel to match.
You know, there was a large gift waiting at Rosie's just for me and it took my breath away. Next week I shall show you the beautiful artistry of what Rosie had made me for it deserves an entire blog post on its own.
You know, we're scaling right back on gifts this year, even more than last year, and I no longer feel that there's a need to send loaded parcels to family or friends...one small gift, made with LOVE and with that dear person in mind - that's where my heart will lead.
So tea towels like this may continue to be made in the weeks ahead, and in fact I have a few more little verses which haven't yet been stitched...might share them too at some stage. But for today, enjoy these three and perhaps make one (or two or three) for your home as well.
Okay, it's been another big week and I'm onto my third migraine since Monday (due to the weather) and this one is about to build so whilst my medication is currently taking the edge off it won't be long until I seek out the cool darkness of our air conditioned bedroom.
I pray the weekend brings relief from all that ails you, that Jesus covers your heart and mind with peace and hope, and that you allow the Lord God to step in and take hold of everything which burdens you for His arms are strong and His love powerful and mighty to save.
Bless you heaps,
These are beautiful gifts. I would much rathe have a gift made with love than something expensive and shop bought. It is not the present but the love that goes into making them that makes them special. x
Jenny these are just precious - what a lovely gift, thank you! Praying for you this morning, dear heart!
absolutely beautiful. how very feminine. any table would from having one of these towels on them. thank you.
These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing the pattern with us. I don't know if I could find such pretty towels to sew them onto, but I'd like to try.
Thank you so much for sharing these patterns...they are so beautiful. You are so generous.
Thank you, Jenny. As always, sweet and beautiful!!
Thank you for the beautiful stitcheries! I hope that you're feeling better.
Thank you so much Jenny your stitcheries are always so beautiful and so meaningful. Saying a prayer for your relief from the migraines.
Praying for relief for you from your migraine. This is day 3 of mine...the new meds aren't working, sigh.
You are so right about a heartfelt gift meaning more than a packed parcel. Your towels are beautiful and I thank you very much for sharing with us! I am sending good thoughts and prayers that your migraines get better, go away....
Beautiful - you have inspired me to get busy and make some of these for gifts. Thank you - Mary Ellen
Beautiful pretty towels. Bed Bath and Table do have many tempting things and your creativity has enhanced those towels. Sorry to hear you are still having those migraines. Sounds like you had a lovely time with Rosie.
Beautiful gifts Jenny. Hope you are feeling better soon. xx
Hi, Jenny! The towels are a GREAT idea! I found some colored ones (20 x 30 flour sacking) on Amazon which come in several color variety 3-packs for $12 that would work perfectly for us up over. HERE If someone keeps looking, they can find a dozen seconds with small flaws for $18. In my experience, those flaws are usually no big deal and add to the character of the fabric, rather than being a detraction. Thanks for a great idea for this year's gifts for a few friends. I can start the embroidery while I'm waiting for the towels!
Jenny these are absolutely gorgeous. What a beautiful gift to give and receive. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I pray your migraine headaches will cease immediately. Have a beautiful weekend my friend. May it be peaceful and lacking any craziness.
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing these lovely designs!
Thank you for the free patterns. You have a gift for color and design. I pray your migraines go away and you feel better soon.
Thank you Jenny! I've recently purchased a quantity of plain white and off-white tea towels. These phrases would be perfect for them.
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Beautiful stitching, Jenny. I pray the migraines ease off.
Thanks for sharing! Very inspiring when working in the kitchen!
Such a pretty design trio Jenny and beautifully worked into these lovely tea towels. You are always a generous designer, sharing such gorgeous designs.
Thank you for sharing them at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your baking themed stitcheries at tomorrow's party and pinning too.
Hi Jenny thankyou once again for being so generous with your designs,i plan on making some of these to put in my daughter's hamper this xmas xx
Thank you for sharing these lovely designs. This is the perfect gift for a few people I would like to make a special something for. I hope you have a good weekend.
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