It’s Almost S-P-R-I-N-G!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Winter is on its way out… finally!  After feeling like most of our hemisphere was locked in a deep freeze, it’s good to see the trees getting ready to bud.

This is the time of year I start to think about Spring Cleaning, and make myself a huge to-do list. Okay, I admit that by the time summer gets here, about 30% of the items on my list haven’t been tackled, but I always have more ambition than actual time. My intentions are good!

One of the first things I do each Spring is totally clean the kitchen – including taking worn-out dish towels out of service and replacing them with new ones. It’s one of my favorite rites of Spring.

I like to buy a stack of fresh, clean towels from my favorite home store, wash them, pull out my stash of DMC Embroidery Floss, and  stitch a little somethin’ on them. Yes, I actually use my embroidered towels. Why have them if I can’t use them or only save them for special occasions?

Here’s how I look at it. Working an embroidered design on a towel is a quick project, is portable and can be taken anywhere – soccer matches, a trip to the beach, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, etc. It’s also relaxing, fun and a great way to dress up the kitchen.

You can buy iron-on transfers at nearly any store that carries fabric and embroidery supplies, through online sources that are available for purchase or one of the many free pattern sites, or make your own.  By making your own, you can easily personalize your towels by adding your family’s name, or enlarging and reducing the size of the design.

The designs featured here are all free patterns available on the internet. Some include the entire DOW (Days of the Week).  Click the image to be taken directly to the site where you can download the pattern.

When making your own design, use a hot iron transfer pencil and trace the design in reverse.  Remember that you will be creating a mirror image the moment the design in pressed into the fabric with a hot iron. You can find our instructions here in more detail.

Several designers like Jacque Davis will provide the pattern facing both directions, like this one featuring an adorable pair of martinis.  For tracing, use the pattern on the left, and for hot iron transfers, use the one on the right… Very retro and cool!

Or, you can trace the design onto the fabric using a light box and a water-soluble fabric marking pen from DMC – the ink washes out with a regular laundering, and the design can be traced as-is with no need to reverse the image. On darker fabrics, try the white fabric marking pencil.

I’ve got a few patterns picked out, and I’m ready to stitch up some fresh, new kitchen towels!


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