Ok, it *could* be said I have an addiction to tea towels (may be called fingertip or guest towels where you are). I find them fairly easily (thank you thrift stores and estate sales!). There seems to be no end to the designs that creative embroiderers thought to stitch on them.
Making these dresses is a bit like eating salted peanuts...it's hard to quit once you start!
Each is a bit of a surprise when it is done and I find myself digging out "just one more towel" and making another, and another....
For the trim on each I make my own bias tape out of 100% cotton fabric because the ready-made stuff is poor quality and doesn't have much variety. I also use vintage rickrack which is 100% cotton, unlike the new stuff. Vintage is also much smaller and more delicate (and the very devil to get tucked under the bias but ya gotta love a challenge!)
These are examples of my work, and as such are sold, but I plan to make more and will post them when I do! I charge $30 each and they include a panty because we don't want those girls going without!
|towels with animals are very hard to find!|
|this is not vintage....they are currently made in China, but the stitching is still very nice!|
|huck toweling with embroidery floss woven in the "floats." I took a class on doing this and never could quite master it!|
|Modern towel with a fun camel machine embroidered on it!|
|Towels with people are hard to find, too!|
|More huck toweling mastery! Kudos to the talented embroiderer, wherever you are!|
|A pretty little embroidered spot that I had to back with fabric so we can't see her undies!|
|Is it my imagination or has Gia managed to model a lot of these dresses?!|
|Sometimes the stars align, and so does the embroidery! I like the way it wraps around the neckline.|
|Gia again....give someone else a chance, would ya?|
|The embroidery was so delicate that I used lace instead of rickrack...it seemed like the right thing to do!|
|Modern towel with a cute bunny!! Who could resist?!|
|I particularly like this one....should have kept it! sigh....|
|I found 2 tea towels alike...rare! I did different trim colors on each (see below, too!)|
|A friend's pretty girl in a dress with coordinating sandals! I wish she could do all my photography!!|
|the "headless photography" phase begins....|