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  1. Sarah Jo
    March 10, 2009 @ 9:35 am

    I love your little snail! And I’m totally jealous that you’re learning to embroider; it’s one of those cutesy crafty things I want to learn to do. I just don’t have anyone to teach me. You may have inspired me to find a class…

  2. Lorraine
    March 10, 2009 @ 9:58 am

    Yeah, it’s one of those things that I’ve always wanted to know how to do, so now that my grandma lives next door, it was the perfect time to learn. So I’m glad you like it, and I hope you can find some classes down there!

  3. Cindy Krause
    May 26, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    Love your towel. I have been doing towels for a while. There is a great site from Sublime Stitching.
    Retro patterns. I get my towels from Fleet Farm. Not sure if you have one near you but they are very well made.

    • Lorraine
      May 26, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

      @Cindy: Oo! Thanks for the suggestion: I’ll have to look around to see if there are any Fleet Farms near by. I just got a towel order in from Herrschners: the fabric’s great, but the hems are slightly lopsided. Too bad I’m rubbish at hemming (and sewing in general), or I’d make my own.

  4. Cathy, Hill City, SD
    June 13, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

    I’m almost 70 so I can remember my mom making us girls learn how to do this type of needle work. She’s 91 now and can’t hold the needle anymore because of arthritus. I still have dish towels she made and also some from my grandmother. Precious! I’m thinking about making a set for a wedding gift. Of course I will give a more substantial gift, but I hope the bride will understand the love and caring that goes into something like this. Too bad we have stopped teaching our daughters the “gentle” arts of being a woman.

  5. Carri
    August 19, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    very cute! that is really neat that you are learning from you grandma!!
    And how COOL that you have free patterns at your disposal!

    I’m curious – why are lopsided hems bad? I’m SO new to embroidery – I’m learning on my own with a kit and pictures posted.

    • Lorraine
      August 28, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

      @Carri: Well, lopsided hems are bad because then the fabric won’t lay flat or straight. Luckily, these aren’t posing too much of a problem, but as Grandma says, “Everything should be nice, neat, and straight.” You’ll have to share your final results of teaching yourself soon by posting pictures somewhere! I’m starting work on my second towel once I’ve finished moving to a new apartment.

  6. angela
    March 30, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    To finish off the back, cut the edges short, and then trace a piece of brown paper the size of the hoop and hot glue it on. You may want to play with the idea of cutting it long enough to turn to the inside of the hoop and glueing it in place first and then glueing on the paper to determine which is better for you.

    • Lorraine
      April 8, 2010 @ 1:07 am

      Thank you so much, Angela! You are the first person in all of the internet to give me an answer! Where do you get your brown paper? Is it acid free?

  7. Darbiene
    April 30, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    <<>> — What type of fabric would your grandma buy?

    • Lorraine
      May 2, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

      @Darbiene: When Grandma buys tea towels from Herrschner’s, she gets the 7-pack of white flour sack tea towels that are ready to be stamped. We’ve since decided that these are the best ready-hemmed towels available to individual crafters, and they come in 3 different sizes. (She has declared that hemming your own towels isn’t worth the work. Ha!) If anyone knows of wholesale suppliers that have a better product, please share!

      If she were to buy fabric for a tea towel at Jo-Ann’s and hem it herself, then she recommended a nice thick cotton muslin. It should be thick enough that you can’t see your hand through it, but not so thick that it would be hard to pass the needle through. I now use this type of fabric for creating my hoop-framed wall-hangings. Unfortunately, I’ve thrown away my slips, so I don’t have a thread-count on hand to share with you.

  8. Darbiene
    May 7, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

    Thank you!

  9. Debbie
    June 13, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    I’ve put cross stitch into hangable hoops, and I
    left about an inch all around. I cut out a piece of muslin and ironed under a hem and hand
    stitched it on. I have even hand washed this and it
    came out great!

  10. Stacie
    June 23, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    Great Job.. I too have Aunt Marthas transfers from my grandmother and am right now doing the bunnies set for a girls baby quilt. My grandmother taught me how to do this many years ago and I actually have tea towels put away that she finished. This week I finally after many many years just figured out how to do a french knot to add to my embroidery work. I love trying new things and accomplishing new ventures. Great job

  11. Debbie
    July 7, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    I have bought both Herrchner’s, Mary Maxim, and Aunt Martha flour sack towels. I must say that I have found the Aunt Martha towels far superior to any other towel on the market. They are hemmed on all sides with a loop for hanging sewn into the corner. They are great for cutting into quilt blocks too! I buy them here: