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Linen guest towels w/drawn thread hem

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Vintage repurposed trim

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Style Romantic, Classic, Traditional, Eco-Friendly, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Linen fabric, assorted trims (many are vintage trims found at auctions and garage sales and 'repurposed' as trims for the towels.

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What are you most proud of? All the towels are made in pairs. They are all 100% linen. They are all completely hand stitched. The top and the sides are hand hemmed. The bottom edges are hemstitched with drawn thread work, and the vintage trims are applied on the edges. These towels are lovely. They make lovely bridal gifts, and bathroom linens for Bed and Breakfast nostalgia. Most are U.S. standard guest towel size (12 X 18"). The most recent ones 'in the works' are much larger and conform to the standard European standard for hand towel size (15 X 26").

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Perfect your handwork on plain muslin before attempting to dive into the linen. Get a book or check out the link above for the basics of 'pulled thread work". Patience is a virtue when it comes to perfecting heirloom needlework techniques. However, the practice and patience pays off with heirlooms for the next generation.

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Love it! Now I know what to do with my handmade lace. Thanks for the inspiration!

10/08/2011 Flag

very nice; you just gave me an idea what to do with linen sheets I still have from my wother!

04/15/2013 Flag

what stitch is used to make hemstitch on a napkin

04/13/2014 Flag

Are you referencing drawn thread work hemstitch, handrolled hem, or just a regular hem??

04/18/2014 Flag

Here is a tutorial on hemstitching with drawn thread.

04/18/2014 Flag