I have a thing for dishtowels. I love ’em. I find ’em, I paint ’em, and I make ’em. To me, they’re kitchen art. Here’s probably the reason why:
My great grandma made this dishtowel (the only one of hers we still have). Every year at Christmastime my mom would pull apart the tissue on a boxful of hand-embroidered (and ironed) flour-sack dishtowels that her grandma made for her, and get tears in her eyes, and show everyone who would look (we weren’t quite as into dish towels at the time as she was!). My mom hung them over the oven-door handles, so they were always there in the kitchen where we grew up.
So the minute I figured out what things made me happiest, I found an old 1950’s O’Keefe and Merrit stove just like my mom’s, had it refurbished, brought it home and that’s where I hang my dishtowels, on the handles, just like she did. I probably wouldn’t have been complete as a person until I did that. ♥
And ever since my stove became a dish towel “gallery,” I’ve been on a hunt.
To find the funnest most interesting dishtowels to hang there. Here’s one Joe found for me. I think he likes it ’cause his name is on it!
I bought this darling Mary Engelbreit towel ages ago and take good care of it. I don’t want it to ever wear out!
They don’t make ’em like they used to!
Then there’s my Beatrix Potter dishtowel . . .
…sent to me by my English girlfriend Rachel (half of you know her already because of her sweet blog http://www.mozartsgirl.blogspot.com/). She went up to the Lake District to Beatrix Potter’s house and got it for me there . . . so it’s a treasure! ♥
And I really don’t mind if some of my dishtowels are strange. Someone made this, see the tiny stitches? It has Christmas colors!
I made these chicken dishtowels, all by hand, applique and embroidery and ironing board, to go with the “Island Farm” rug I designed… and if, by any chance you are in the mood to make some dishtowels, the pattern is here on this web site … just click on Shopping, and then in the menu on the left, click on “Love to Sew,” and scroll to where it says, “Patterns and Quilt designs.” (We have cupcakes you can applique too!)
Another good reason to be a dishtowel collector: everyone knows bread dough rises better under an old dishtowel.
Scones really do taste better wrapped in a vintage towel with crocheted edging.
Biscuits stay warmer in a basket, wrapped in an old embroidered dishtowel.
Dishes dry better on the Irish linen dishtowel we bought when traveling, designed by the wonderful British artist Pat Albeck. Nothing like dishtowels from a trip! Memories!
Our refrigerator door handle looks much better draped in old dishtowels.
Even the clothesline looks better decked out in dishtowels.
Lobster tastes better when you have a thick and thirsty dishtowel for a bib/napkin.
And every change of season is just better with dishtowels
Oh yes, I am crazy about dishtowels. For just a little money, they are decorating bang for the buck.
Changing them for the holidays or for the season is one of the fastest easiest decorating things there is! Just a little thing…makes a sweet difference.