October 28, 2014

Barbara's Dishtowels


Hi all, I'm back from my travels.  I've posted some photos of my trip to Spain on my blog.   Otherwise, I'm back to my usual routine.

I've been embroidering dishcloths.  I look at them not only as something to dry the dishes with, but as kitchen art.  So I'm working on a pair with square dancers.  Pintrest is a great source of vintage embroidery motifs.


I trace the designs on water soluble stabilizer--make sure to draw on the smooth side.  If you draw on the bumpy side it takes forever to dry.  Machine baste the stabilizer to your fabric and stitch away.  When you're done, throw the towel in the wash and it comes out completely.


Here's a finished pair.  These I embroidered with big chunky stitches, while the square dancers are done with 2 strands of floss and small stitches because the design is more detailed.


Another idea from Pintrest: I cut up a vintage tablecloth into quarters.  Three were trimmed with rick rack and seam binding from my vintage stash.  The fourth has a big hole it in, so it goes back into the drawer until another idea strikes.


They're the perfect size.  On number 3 I realized a loop on one corner could be handy. 

6 comments:

ladyhawthorne said...

I love those embroidery designs, I've found some on pinterest too.

I was sad you cut the tablecloth until you said there was a hole in it, good idea to use the good parts!

Judy S. said...

Nice work! I really love redwork.

Suztats said...

That's a good recycling idea for a torn tablecloth. The dish towels look so cheery, and makes me think of my childhood days. Mom always had pretty tea towels. I think it was supposed to make drying the dishes a little more pleasant---didn't work for me! lol!

QuiltingFitzy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your redwork! I think I'll borrow your stabilizer trick, I have a project on the backburner for my kitchen table...brownwork in a western theme...

Trying to think about how to run the stabilizer through the printer!

Moira said...

Great embroidery/redwork!

Cyra said...

Kitchen Art at its best. Lovely stitching Barbara. Glad to hear about your travels.