THREE tea towel projects

September 4, 2009

We were chatting in the office the other day about the two types of tea towel in the world. (Oh dear.) The first kind is the manky, tea-stained, torn, faded, bought-in-IKEA-a-million-years-ago kind – the sort you use for drying up, washing the cat, wiping up mud, milk, sick etc. The second kind is the ‘decorative’ type – the colourful, stylish, gorgeous, never-used, never-washed, beautifully-made designer tea towel – possibly from the likes of Jme, To Dry For, or Cath Kidston – which is displayed at all times and is there to be admired. It is ironed. Cared for. Loved. Sometimes it is moved from one hook to another, but it is never, ever, EVER used. And woe betide any poor soul who attempts to use it.

an apple a dayIn my house, the concept of a purely ornamental tea towel is lost on certain folk – namely, the boyfriend, my visiting mother, and the naughty cats – so keeping a lovely tea towel in pristine condition is something of a challenge. That’s why the crafty tea towel makes from the October issue of Ideal Home magazine are so cool – by turning your favourite tea towel into wall art, a knitting needle case, or a cushion, you can preserve it much more easily. This ‘An Apple A Day’ one looks fab in a simple IKEA Ribba frame, while polka dot tea towels from Dotcomgiftshop make fantastic knitting needle holders.

knitting-needle-holderI like these cushions made from pretty tea towels bought at John Lewis. This idea would work well with Penguin Classics book cover tea towels, or vintage tea towels from holiday resorts, too.

tea-towel-cushionsIt’s the weekend, and I’m excited because Bethan and I are treating ourselves to a Eurostar day trip to Lille in France for La Braderie, Europe’s biggest flea market. We’re going to do some serious bargain-hunting, and we’ll take lots of photos and write a nice big post all about it on Monday. Just before I sign off, check out this gorgeous photo of Lisa Stickley‘s scrapbook:

lisa stickley scrapbookI always think that blogging is a bit like having an online scrapbook – but there’s nothing quite like the real thing. More on scrapbooking next week! Have a lovely weekend. – Ellie

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7 Responses to “THREE tea towel projects”

  1. Siany Says:

    I love your posts, Ellie!

    I did really like the scrapbook post as well. Might have to start me one of those!

  2. cicada Studio Says:

    I feel this way about my Skinny laMinx tea towels. I am considering hanging them with prominence in my living room.

    I enjoy your blog!

  3. caro Says:

    Great blog! Thank you for inspiration.
    Greatings from Germany, caro

  4. anna r Says:

    I have been collecting tea towels for years and have made bags using some of my tea towels. But some are so nice that I can’t bring myself to cut them up. Thanks for the great ideas.

  5. Anna Bartlett Says:

    I make teatowels and while some people tell me they carefully wash and iron them, only bringing them out for special occasions, I tell them – use it, love it, then buy another one! But I love your ideas – I’ll have to add them to the info on my site! Thanks!

  6. Clarence Jasionowski Says:

    I have spent all day digging for some information about this!


  7. An interesting read and great pictures. Thanks!


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