Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vintage Inspired "Jacobean" dish towels...

Two of my very good friends had birthday's yesterday and I always want to give them something that they couldn't go out and buy. This year I was inspired by the vintage Jacobean designs and decided to put them on flour sack dish towels. Both of my friends have rather sophisticated tastes and are not into anything "sweet" or "cutesy". When I found this embroidery design package I was thrilled. I did a set of butterflies for one friend and the a set of dragonflies for the other both in earth tones to match their kitchens. I love how they turned out. Aunt Martha's flour sack dish towels are wonderful to work with. 

Jacobean design comes from the late 16th century England when King James VI ruled England and Scotland. These designs vary and were used on furniture, buildings, china, pottery and linens. They are flowery with simple lines. You see Jacobean designs embroidered on linens in single colors or a variety like chose to use. This era of design is my favorite.

The towels press well and rolled up with a ribbon make a beautiful, classy present!

My friends loved their presents!

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  1. Those are the most amazing and beautiful towels I have ever seen. I think you should quit your day job and make them full time. P.S. follow me at "Gopher Wars."

  2. Pretty designs.. I love giving the gifts of embroidery. You did a beautiful job.

  3. You Made those?!? What a Fabulous Creative gift.... Have a wonderful week, if you get a chance, stop on by

  4. Susie,
    What a thoughtful and beautiful gift! Treasures, really.

  5. Hi Susie!
    Those are gorgeous! What an amazing and sweet gift:)
    I am a new follower.

  6. They're beautiful, Susie! No doubt your friends loved them. How thoughtful of you to create special gifts for each of them.

    Thanks for linking to the party. I'm so glad you found me. I hope to see you each week.

    By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  7. Where did you find your patterns for the butterflies? I'm doing a baby quilt for my next child (a girl) and I've been looking but had difficulty finding any embroidery patterns. are these hand embroidered or machine?