|A recently finished flour sack towel|
Nifty seasonal dish towels are often available, especially if you get them on clearance after a holiday. Or you can make your own by purchasing dish towel fabric. Moda is one source. Here's a link: Moda dish toweling. (You can click on "Fabrics" and then "Specialty Fabrics" and then "Toweling" to reach this page if need be.) A friend of mine in PA tells me she can purchase dish toweling at Mennonite stores at very reasonable prices. So there are a number of sources out there if you are so minded to make your own.
More than any of these, I love embroidering flour sack towels. I've posted about them here before -- check the "dish towels" label in the word cloud -- but have just done four new ones for a birthday gift. I buy the very large flour sack towels from Wal*Mart, cut them in half and hem the cut edge before adding a design. For these, I also added a simple fabric trim after embroidering. These are from the Java Break design set by Aunt Martha's. I had fun working with the same basic color palette for each design, yet making each one look unique.
If you love needlework but think you don't have time, I encourage you to try embroidering a flour sack towel. They can be done quickly in little bits of time here and there. Because you are only outlining the design, not filling it in, the work really does go fast. Best of all, you end up with something pretty and useful.
|Cafe au Lait|