I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Remember the vintage rose design that I shared with you a few weeks ago?

As most of you read in my earlier posts, I really loved this design and embroidered it in different shades to give it a nostalgic charm. I knew I had to incorporate it somewhere into my home...........

I decided that it would be wonderful stitched onto towels for the bathroom!
I bought dark red over sized bath towels, along with a small hand towel.
Isn't this lovely?
(remember, you can click onto the photos for a better view)

I used floral print fabric as a border to the design......

and I also used a smaller and slightly different design for the small hand towel................
which I also love!

If you remember, as well, I posted about making a stamped design come to life with a few more stitches? I worked it in dark yellows, and found the perfect hand towel in a rust color to stitch it on.
I used a vibrant floral fabric for the border on this design.

Now my bathroom will have a romantic country look to it with these towels.
How about you? Have you embroidered the design yet?
If so, what color did you choose and what are you going to use it for?
I would love to hear!


Anonymous said...

Kathleen, these are gorgeous!!! I love the fabrics that you mated with the embroidery designs...simply irresistible! You'll have to put a timer in your bathroom because your guests won't want to come out.

Oh, I'm working on another project. I think I have too many which all want to be completed. Do you ever feel like that?

Blessings for enough time to creative,
Marianne xox

twinpeakprimitives said...

Dear Kathleen,

Those towels are superb!


Betty Lou said...


Zova creations said...

fabulous embroidery as always!I love that fabric u added for border it enhance more beauty on embroidery ..is it quilting cotton ..looks very nice..those burgandy towels are too good..

Wren said...

Just lovely!

Bev said...

They are so pretty!! I wish I had time to embroider!!..I have a pattern to do a set of tea towels...but I don't know when it will happen!

papel1 said...

I love the roses, with the different shades. I bet the towels look beautiful in your bathroom.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I love the mix of your lovely embroidery with the beautiful fabric on the towels. Takes something plain to absolutely gorgeous! Happy August! Tammy

Brenda said...

Your embroideries are just so beautiful. You can tell you take on each stitch with care and love. It looks like you really like doing what you do. And I might add, you do it well! Your towels are so perfect and would be a delight in any bathroom. Your guests will love them! I don't embroider, but I do remember when my grandmother did. She even showed me how but I've never tried it since. I love your work!
Happy days,

Suztats said...

Wonderful results! Your bathroom will be gorgeous!

lil red hen said...

You've outdone yourself with these beauties! Will you make more for your shop?

Prairie Pines Sewing Room said...

I love what you did with the embroideries. The towels are great, and so pretty. How special to know you created them.

janice15 said...

O my goodness they are so beautiful...I just love them...I have been waiting to go get some transfer paper to make these...very nice...have a great evening with love Janice

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I just found your site and it is absolutely lovely! I also love doing hand embroidery. Your towels and really everything you have done in the past are just beautiful, you do such a nice job. Can you tell me what type of floss you like? I am thinking about carrying Cosmo in my Etsy shop but am not sure if there is a demand for it. Thanks, and it is so nice to meet you! I'm your newest follower.

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I really am agonizing over this, because I don't want to put out the initial investment if there is no demand. I will be filling my shop with my patterns as I make them and some fabric and ric rac :) It is taking me so long since I care for my mom and she has been having a harder time this last couple years. I would absolutely love to carry a good quality floss. I love the hand-dyed flosses, but don't use them on many projects since they are not colorfast. Of course I want to be able to wash things like pillows, embroidered clothing, quilts, etc. They have sent me several sample skeins and it does feel very nice and has a nice sheen. They claim once you use it you won't want to go back to the others. Apparently, when stitching with a long strand of floss it does not look any worse at the end then when you started out You know how after pulling through the fabric multiple times other embroidery flosses sometime looks a little "worn out" should I say? Does that make sense? This floss was made in Japan I guess. You know they do tons of stitching and handwork and I am thinking if they love it it must be good. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but maybe I will today on one of my county fair projects! It is just a little more expensive though, so that is why I am debating. Maybe you could email me your address privately and I could send a skein to you and get your opinion, since I would definitely consider you an expert. Actually I could send you several if you think you know a couple other people who would be willing to try it to give their opinion. Let me know! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment!!! I'm honored you stopped by!!!