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« on: December 06, 2009 05:54:23 AM »

I've agreed to angel for someone in a swap and would like to make a set of embroidered tea towels.

Here's the problem. I've never actually done tea towels themselves. I've been embroidering since I was 5 yrs old so the actual stitching part isn't an issue. What I don't get is how to finish the back of the embroidered piece so that it doesn't unravel/shred with use.

Anyone have any suggestions?  I did look for a tute using Google and there is nothing out there which really surprised me.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009 10:06:06 AM »

I have had people get a random matching pieve of fabric and fuse it to the back of the stitching onto the towel..I have left it with the stitches exposed..I think the presumption is is that its decorative or if they do use it and wash it that unraveling isnt an issue it the ends are nice and tight..

good luck..and cant wait hear other peoples solutions as I have wondered this myself...
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009 06:56:41 AM »

I would use a soft iron on stabilizer for the back.
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009 08:18:01 AM »

If you use the stabilizer, is the towel usable afterwards or is it just decorative?
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009 10:07:36 AM »

I would stitch on a band of fabric and then sew it to a tea towel. No way anyone would see the back part of it (feel free to mess it as much as you please! LOL) neither you would have any unravel/shred incident as time passes by.
Take a look at this girl's work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilabordados/
She is a friend of mine and had already finished a few pieces for me. We are both in Brazil, tho...
I cross stitch for the past almost 13 years and have  a pretty neat back on all my pieces. You can see it here:






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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009 12:14:12 PM »

wowzers tutti O_O teach me too! lol i've been crossstitching for a few years but mine look NOTHING like yours... i'm bad on the carrying threads behind the project though
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