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Friday, February 11, 2011

Linen Tea Towels - A nostalgic look at a continued kitchen accessory.

Image by:featheredtar
Vintage Kitchen Towel
Tea Towels is an English term for kitchen towel, which is the term most used by Americans.

According to Wikipedia,
"In 18th century England, a tea towel was a special linen drying cloth used by the mistress of the house to dry her precious and expensive china tea things."

Linen tea towels, being mass produced since the Industrial Revolution, have been used as a kitchen accessory to be further embellishished and personalized through embroidery and other hand stitching. 
                                                                        Image by:normanack
hummingbird tea towel
Hand embellished linen tea towels make wonderful hostess gifts. Add a bottle of wine with that and you have an invite! 

I have added a few that bring back memories for me. I remember we had embroidered tea towels in our kitchen growing up but also every pillow case cover had a small embroidered design on the hem. 
Image by:burstyriffic
embroidered dish towelI'd love to hear from you. What designs do you remember or still use to this day?                                                                                

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madhur said...

ahh..i remember as a kid my mom used to have those pretty towels with beautiful peacock

McCall's Home - a division of McCall'sFloormart said...

Hopefully were not telling our age:) I wonder how many kids today recognize this beautiful art?

I appreciate you stopping in to visit me Madhur.

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