Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tea towel tales

A few weeks before Christmas, I got an e-mail saying that a friend in my Bible study group, Karmen, had suggested we all make each other something for Christmas. Now I wish I could tell you that I had a godly response and thought "Well praise the Lord! Another opportunity to serve my sisters in Christ!" Instead, I thought this: "Has Karmen lost her mind! It's Christmas, for heaven's sake! I can't take on one more project right now! Sheesh ..." But then I thought, "You know, it would be kinda fun. Shoot, I think I'll do it." And would you look what my gift from Karmen ended up being? This wonderful hand-embroidered tea towel! (My gifts to the group we call the Bible Girls: Crocheted scarves, all easily made in one evening.)

It was a *very* good season for tea towels this Christmas. Here is one I received from my friend Maureen. I love the hot pink colors and the appliqued design!

And here is one from tea friend Mary Jane. These old-fashioned tea towels are some of my favorites, and I was so thrilled to get one in a red and green colorway. Three new tea towels was a great way to end the year. And maybe next Christmas I won't be so grumpy when someone suggests we give handmade gifts!


  1. You are so funny! I love reading your blog posts.

  2. That tea towel from Karmen is really cute - what a great tea theme embroidery pattern.

    Your reaction to the handmade gift suggestion sounds about like what mine would be, except I couldn't whip up several lovely croceted scarves in one evening. :-)

  3. Love your post today, those tea towels are so nice.

    Your reaction to the handmade gift suggestion sounds exactly what my reaction would have been - that is too funny! I would of had to find an 'Artist's Market' for some nice handmade gifts, which I do love anyways. Hope you're staying warm, we are enjoying the snow days, Joanie

  4. Hi Angela~
    I sure do love your new tea towels, especially that first one with the stitching (naturally). Actually, it's the weight of that fabric that I truly love. Some tea towels are just so flimsy and thin they're hard to embroider. Yours is perfect!

    Have a great day!

  5. love these towels...do you have the book, "The Kitchen Linens Book" from EllynAnne Geisel? This and her book, "The Apron Book" are two of my favorites...

  6. How fun to have a tea towel Christmas.

  7. I love the vintage style animated tea kettle embroidered in blue!

  8. I love the vintage style animated tea kettle embroidered in blue!


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