"Got to do something with my hands," she always says.
Tea towels are one of the ways Grandma shows her love for me. I have tons of them I use...but in the last year I've started saving the towels...preserving and displaying them. Embroidery is becoming a lost art. Just like so many old hobbies, it's given way to the Internet, a fast paced life and more high-tech art forms. I myself would not have the patience to do it...or would I? Thinking out loud...maybe I should ask her to teach me. After all it's a labor of love and an art form that should live on.
On a practical note, if you are interested in embroidery dish towels, my Grandma swears by Aunt Martha's patterns. She recently started having me order them for her, along with tea towels from www.colonialpatterns.com. Yes, even grandma's with vintage skills take advantage of modern advances!
I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story:
|An old butter tin has always been her floss storage container|
|A woman came to fix a blind in Grandma's room and admired her handywork. Now she's working on this set for that same lady.|
|This is one of my favorites. I would some vintage patterns at a thrift store and this was the result.|