Monday, July 09, 2007

the tea towel project

I hope you all had a great 4th of July holiday ~ even though the day was overcast, we enjoyed delicious food, good company, and some backyard fireworks.
Over the course of the weekend I finally finished my redwork teapot teatowel project...

The whole idea is thanks to one of Aina's inspirational posts, which was originally from here. Aina, who is wonderfully kind, has a gorgeous blog. As soon as I saw the picture I knew what I wanted to do with the perle cotton and red striped linen tea towels I had found at the flea market...
I found a very inexpensive Ikea wire curtain system with clips on Ebay, which works perfectly for hanging the towels...
While I was sewing the lace onto the teatowel curtains, I decided to use up some of the lace I crocheted a few years ago. A leftover piece was just the right size for this vintage embroidered tea towel... Hope you're having a great day. Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!

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  1. Those turned out soo cute! I love the way they look above your sink.

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  2. I love'em! How cute.

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  3. I saw your post just in time! I am about to make my kitchen curtain with some linen toweling that I bought by the yard. In my mind I saw the stripes vertically. Now I know I MUST turn the stripe to run horizontally - yours are so charming! And can I really be happy with them now if they lack some sweet redwork? Maybe just a bird or two....

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  4. The teatowel curtains are just charming. I like the way you stitched two different pot designs. Now you'll never get away from the kitchen sink.

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  5. I sat down to read your blog just after trying to figure out what I am going to do with my kitchen window. I had just stood in my kitchen with a purchased valance that has "to-die-for" crocheted edging on it and wished it were long enough to do what I want to do in there. Then, to clear my brain of muddled thoughts, I sat down to check in with you. And there were your gorgeous creations! I was encouraged to think again of the possibility of crocheting something similar to my purchased piece. Your curtains are wonderful. And I love the tea towel with the edging. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Deb, this might be my favorite of all your projects so far! Great idea and you did wonderful work on them. I like the Ikea hardware too.
    I love the crocheted trim on the towel too. There's just something about embroidered and trimmed towels that make me happy, just to look at them!

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  7. Oh! Those are just darling (a word i save for especially great stuff!)

    My husband's grandmother gave me a set of six tea-towels that I had hanging for years with small wooden clothespins on a clothesline strung across our back porch windows.

    Yours look FABULOUS! I just may need to find a place to use those towels in our new home...

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous!!
    What a creative idea - love the crocheted trim.

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  9. Just Beautiful! You have inspired me to get the needles and thread out and try some embroidery in my spare time. It's been ages since I did any of that! I love your blog:>)

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  10. OH DEB!!Many thanks for your very sweet words, and i am so glad that one of the pictures gave you inspiration to make something beautiful out of your teatowels! I found it such an unique idea, and i love her blog too..
    They turned out gorgeous!! Oh, now you motivated me again, to make and dress my windows :) However, they are huge! And i need a lot of teatowels, hehe..no, seriousely i have a plan. Use some cheep Ikea fabric and turne them into something pretty...Follow me...
    And i just love your kitchen sink! So typical me :)Well, it is late over here, and i am jumping to bed now. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family so much that i jump to bed every night with a big smile on my face :)) It feels so great!
    See you soon again Deb and sweet dreams! Aina ;)

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  11. What a wonderful idea! I love your tea towel curtains, and the teapot embroidery is perfect on them!!!

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  12. Debbie these are sooo charming. I love them and your turned out so beautifully. Love Clarice

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  13. Suzanne7:36 PM

    Deb the are just too cute! Love 'em:-)

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  14. I love the teatowel curtains! They look great.

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  15. So pretty! I love how you've done your kitchen window.

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  16. How beautiful! You did a wonderful job with your stitching and I love the idea of using your work for curtains! I love how the shadows of the design is cast on your counter top. The lace looks like it was always there on your vintage tea towel! Lovely post!

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  17. Thank you ! Merci!
    Tu as très bien réussi ces petits rideaux et Merci pour le lien
    A bientôt
    Nathalie ( Pivoine et Lavande)

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  18. Miss Deb...you have done it again...you manage to inspire me with almost everything you touch or make...can you come to Texas and live w/me for a while...I would like to just follow you around for a bit...and learn....learn...learn...we are more than happy to welcome children, hubbins, goats, chickens, dogs, cats...shoot a goat or mule is fine, too...I just want to learn from what you do so well...guess I'll have to settle for the blog spot...but truly your things and the way you make them....fabulous...I think I love almost everything you've made...the tea towel with the crocheted trim jolted my memory...I just picked up some beautiful crocheted trim...gonna have to put it on some tea towels and possibly some pillow cases...keep the inspirations coming...

    Blessings your way

    LivingTheLife
    aka
    http://www.tpmom4ever.blogspot.com

    I've added you to my favs...hope that's alright!

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  19. Positively cozy and wonderful! Thanks for sharing... Blessings, Debra

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  20. Oh, just so lovely!!! I was just enjoying the lovliness of vintage linen yesterday, embroidered at that! Your red work tea towel curtains are beautiful. I'm just finishing up an embroidered tea towel here, and then plan to start a set for my daughter. Nothing so lovely as yours, but I am inspired!

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  21. Oh, your tea towel curtains are wonderful! I love how they turned out.

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  22. See how many lives you have touched just being you! It just must feel so warm to be so appreciated by all of us! Your inspiration is contagious!

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  23. Beautiful and so "homey"... by the way, I love your sink and counter!

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  24. Those curtains are SO beautiful! Especially with the sun shining through them. I also love the lace on the bottom of the tea towel. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures.

    I also love those IKEA wire hanging systems. I want to use them in my bedroom to block my "sitting" room from view since it is my sewing room.

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  25. Oh, your new curtains are beautiful! Just perfect for your kitchen!! Your tea towel is lovely too, I love the little bird.
    Kelli

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  26. Oh they are lovely, so pretty.

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  27. This is so lovely!!!!

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  28. Those are gorgeous. You are totally inspiring me to get back to my "learn to embroider" project!

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  29. I love how your tea towels turned out and they're so cute on the rod as curtains! You're so clever! You've inspired me to start a redwork project too, but they won't turn into curtains like yours. Thanks for the inspiration and "Good Job!" on your completed project, Deb!

    ~Jody

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  30. Wow, they turned out just great! Such lovely shots of your kitchen too!

    Manuela

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  31. Wow, they turned out just great! Such lovely shots of your kitchen too!

    Manuela

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  32. Those look wonderful!
    And I just love that little bluebird teatowel! Cute!!
    :)

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  33. Really lovely work Deb, the curtains look great and the tea towel is lovely.

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  34. Those curtains look fabulous! ♥

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  35. Just gorgeous. I love the crocheted trim.

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  36. Hi Deb! Loveit! Love the curtains! And the teatowel w/that crocheted trim! Then...everything above that post...the blueberries...and the recipe! I'll copy that one! We love you Deb!

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  37. I'm finally back on line. It's such a pleasure to visit with you again and see all the lovely things you've been up to. I hope your summer continues to be wonderful.

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  38. Those curtains are so beautiful, and the way the sun just pours through them! Nita

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  39. Your tea towel curtains were beautiful =) I'm just visiting from Rhonda Jeans blog =) But your blog is nice! I like it. I'll come back =)

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  40. Found this looking for a pattern to make my own tea towels. Do you recommend a certain fabric? Linen? I'm looking for durable + absorbant.

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  41. Lori Ann, I am partial to linen, which is what I used; but I am sure cotton would work just as well.
    Best wishes!
    Deb

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  42. I think I'll try the linen. I have a friend who was embroidering on some the other day, and I thought it looked great. Thanks!

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  45. Your tea towel curtains were beautiful =) I'm just visiting from Rhonda Jeans blog =) But your blog is nice! I like it. I'll come back =)

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  46. Those look wonderful!
    And I just love that little bluebird teatowel! Cute!!
    :)

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  47. Those are gorgeous. You are totally inspiring me to get back to my "learn to embroider" project!

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  48. This is so lovely!!!!

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  49. See how many lives you have touched just being you! It just must feel so warm to be so appreciated by all of us! Your inspiration is contagious!

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  50. Oh, your tea towel curtains are wonderful! I love how they turned out.

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  51. I love the teatowel curtains! They look great.

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  52. What a wonderful idea! I love your tea towel curtains, and the teapot embroidery is perfect on them!!!

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  53. I sat down to read your blog just after trying to figure out what I am going to do with my kitchen window. I had just stood in my kitchen with a purchased valance that has "to-die-for" crocheted edging on it and wished it were long enough to do what I want to do in there. Then, to clear my brain of muddled thoughts, I sat down to check in with you. And there were your gorgeous creations! I was encouraged to think again of the possibility of crocheting something similar to my purchased piece. Your curtains are wonderful. And I love the tea towel with the edging. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration.

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  54. I love these curtains, they look so homey! Thanks for sharing! Jean

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