Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I made some embroidered Christmas presents...

I have some Christmas presents to show that I have just finished embroidering. (Kathy & Mark and Karen do not read any further and definitely don't look at the pictures!!!) I just completed these three linen tea towels:This red towel is for my sister Karen who has a beautiful red kitchen. I used some of the flower patterns from the Tea embroidery pattern packet. I used the chain stitch for the border and flower center, french knots and back stitch for the petals:For my sister Kathy, I made this black towel with the green and lavender border. This pattern is one of the border patterns from the strawberries pattern packet. I love the way this looks - I know Kathy will too!
For my brother-in-law Mark I made this tea towel:
You might recognize the chevron stitch that I used to make a nice looking border:
Mark makes the absolute best espresso! He always makes me a latte :)
I made all of these towels from linen fabric. Karen and Mark's are 100% linen and Kathy's is a linen/cotton blend. It was a new experience for me to stitch on these because they were a much looser weave than I am used to! I had so much fun with these and now I can wrap them up!


Wendy said...

these are gorgeous! They're going to be thrilled. I bought your cupcake patterns and have not yet had time to do anything with them ! (I did start a bookmark which has 90% of a cupcake on it, but then ran out of time...) I'm thinking cupcake teatowels for Mother's Day/birthdays/Easter... How did you make the towel?

Farah said...

Hello Kim... so cute fruit of your long absence ... very lovely, specially I love the black one... I am sure your sister and brother in law will be so happy when you give them... I want crafty sister like you... beautiful job

Wish you a very Happy Christmas …
I would love if you come to visit me at

Libby said...

These are gorgeous! Lucky brother and sister's!! Merry Christmas!

John'aLee said...

Oh your Christmas gifts are just beautiful. I'm sure the recipients will love them.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Sara said...

Gorgeous stitching---I heart the flowers:)

Kim said...

Thank you all!
Wendy - Cupcake tea towels would be such a nice gift! To make these tea towels, I cut my fabric out to what I thought would be a nice sized "show" towel, such as a towel that could be hung over an oven door handle or refrigerator door handle or towel hook. I added a seam/hem allowance on all sides of 1/2" for the black and the white towel and a full inch for the tan colored towel To hem these, I turned the edges under twice, pressed them and machine basted all the way around. I then went back and sewed all the hems. I did the black towel first and unfortunately used black thread for my machine basting and then after I had sewed the permanent hems had to try to pick out the machine basting! So hard to see it! For the other two towels, I used blue thread for the basting :) much easier to see!
Farah - Thank you! and Merry Christmas to you! I hope they will love them too!
Libby - Thank you and I'm wishing you and your family have such a merry Christmas!
John'aLee - Merry Christmas to you and thank you!
Sara - Thanks! It was fun stitching these and especially all in red!

Farah Muzaffar said...

Dear Kim
May your holiday season be blessed with peace, love and joy.
Sending you my heart full wishes,
With joy which never ends
A very Merry Christmas
Happy New Year

Annie said...

Beautiful gifts Kim and i'm sure they will love them!...Blessings of Love and Peace to you and yours this Christmas and the coming New Year!..

Nima said...

Lovely work...

Merry Christmas to you

Kim said...

Farah - Thank you! Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you!
Annie - Thanks :) I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and happy new year!
Nima - Thank you - Merry Christmas to you and I wish you a happy new year too!