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,