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Title: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on February 16, 2007 06:05:53 AM
I, like you, have for years been on a quest for the perfect tea-towel. I'm finally giving up and am planning on having them manufactured especially for me and you. This may take a while, but tell me: what do you need in a tea-towel? My thinking is: not too big, not too little, easy-to-stitch, not too lightweight...am I right? I know a lot of you have said how much you like the tea-towels in the Stitch-It Kit (http://www.sublimestitching.com/stitchitkit.html). Is that your most favoritest?

The floursacks are too big, and too wrinkly. The ones in craft stores have the aida/meshy area for cross-stitching that I don't need. Then there are those decorative, gossamer-light styles that are really just decorative.  The ones I carry on the site now are an improvement on floursack towels (and tell me what you think of those if you have one), but still not ideal. At least, not my ideal.

So when you close your eyes real hard and dream of tea-towels, what to you envision? I plan on building the better tea-towel, and wanna hear from you.!
luv,
Jenny

ps. more questions like this to come!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: BabyPop on February 16, 2007 07:26:52 AM
It does seem, so far, that the ones that come with the Stitch-It kit are indeed the best. I went through those and bought some at Target, which totally suck. They are way too big, the mesh is too loose, and it's too stretchy (not to mention wrinkly.) I had to use interfacing on them and feel as though you should NOT have to use interfacing on flour sack/tea towels.

I think this is a big reason I've been so lax on finishing projects - my materials suck! And I bought TWO large packets of them thinking they were pretty inexpensive and right for what I needed. May be time to try to sell them on ebay!

I also bought a similar package at Wal-Mart but I have not tried those yet. I have also heard of blanks on some other sites (mentioned in the questions here), but haven't ordered any since I already have so many that I haven't used yet.

So short answer: not too big! Not too flimsy! Not too stretchy!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on February 16, 2007 10:01:24 AM
Good tea towels are mysterious.  You often can't tell the good ones from the bad until you wash them. 

My big stipulations for a "good tea towel" is that they come out of the dryer unwrinkled and that they are not linty in anyway but still absorbent.

The ones in that came in my stitch it kit are a little too light for my tastes.

Thanks for checking into this!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Early Bird Special on February 16, 2007 10:03:21 AM
Yes, I agree, I just will not buy tea towels from a store anymore.  They just aren't right.  The towels in the stitch-it kit were good, but I think they were a tad bit stiff.  Still something wasn't just perfect and made me think, 'Sweet Jebus, where have these been all my stitching life?'  You'll come up with something fabulous dear, you always do.   ;)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: uplate6674 on February 16, 2007 03:27:44 PM
I LOVED the towels in the Stitch-It kit. I have some of the waffle towels from SS and they're OK, but I prefer a smooth towel.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on February 16, 2007 03:31:08 PM
I actually like the texture of a flour sack towel (or more so the size...), but I haven't really figured out what a tea towel is for so...I mean, they are so small! BUT if those are what you are suposed to use if you have a leaky teapot, then bring em on because um, I need more than what came in my kit. And, of course I will want them embroidered.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on February 16, 2007 04:33:32 PM
Why am I not surprised you all would have strong opinions about tea-towels?

Gosh, I may enlist a few of you as Sublime Stitching field testers and send you some samples. Would some of you be willing to do that?

Personally, I like these towels to hang by my sink to dry my hands. I agree, the Stitch-It Kit ones are a wee bit lighter than my ideal, and the waffle ones I stock aren't the best. I'm working on it! And sure do appreciate the help. It's so much easier to run a company when you just listen to what the stitching people want. :X


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on February 16, 2007 04:50:25 PM
I would be thrilled. squealing, wiggling, jumping up and down like some sort of freak thrilled.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on February 16, 2007 06:54:47 PM
I'm jumping on the bandwagon that the ones in the Stitch Kit aren't absorbent enough to wipe a counter or my hands on. However, they're perfect for putting in a basket with some bread or covering a plate of cookies.

Maybe we're asking for them to do too much? It's like how you don't expect the apron you cook in to double as a hostessing apron as well.

Still, smooth and not too lack are definitely my vote.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on February 16, 2007 07:09:12 PM
I prefer the dishtowels that are soft, but make of a sturdier cotton weave.  I find that all dishtowels get better and more absorbant with repeated washings. 

I have strong towel opinions and in our family we don't use paper napkins so we tend to get lots of use out of our dishtowels and cloth napkins.

I'd love to test drive dishtowels!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: misswiss on February 16, 2007 07:39:59 PM
I love the tea-towels that came with my Stitch-It kit! I ordered the waffle-weave towels you carry, but I prefer the smoothness of the other ones. The size and shape were great, but maybe they could be a little heavier. I'm ALWAYS looking for ones that compare to the original ones I used, but to no avail. I was fooled into buying the flour-sack towels from Wal-Mart, and ended up making them into nap pillows for my niece and nephews because of their awkward shape. But I am happy with how the pillows turned out!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: PimpernelSmith on February 16, 2007 09:09:31 PM

I'm picky too, and starting to worry about finding new dish towels.  I LOVE my flour sack towels, but have discovered that things sold now as flour sack toweling IS NOT the same stuff I inherited from my grandma!

 :-\  Hers are so spacious, and soft, and smooth, AND absorbent...

I'd love to find a solution before hers wear out...  :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on February 17, 2007 07:25:46 AM
It would be nicer if you could find a smaller tea towel. They seem so big all the time. It would also be nice to have them in different colors.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: BabyPop on February 17, 2007 08:26:45 AM

I'm picky too, and starting to worry about finding new dish towels.  I LOVE my flour sack towels, but have discovered that things sold now as flour sack toweling IS NOT the same stuff I inherited from my grandma!

 :-\  Hers are so spacious, and soft, and smooth, AND absorbent...

I'd love to find a solution before hers wear out...  :)

Yes, my sentiments exactly!

I would love to beta test a SS tea towel, Jenny!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on February 17, 2007 08:29:54 AM
i purchased a set of "dinner napkins" at ikea, and they are pretty good to work on. I dont think they are too big, i like the way they look... i will be using them when guests come over and such... i do like your tea towels the best, i have used a few in the past. i made one for my grandmother, and its still lookin good!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on February 17, 2007 09:07:53 AM
It would also be nice to have them in different colors.

Oooh, yes! Colors would definitely be welcome.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: craft-matic on February 17, 2007 10:12:46 AM
I think the thread count is the most important thing, along with fibers that are smooth but still absorbent.  I tried to stitch on floursacks once as a beginning embroiderer, and the weave was just totally loose and the the threading was sort of uneven--like the threads themselves were badly spun.  That was a big problem.  I don't know how to explain a good towel....Except sturdy but flexible, with a nice even weave and a high thread-count.  Not coated or treated, because it messed up the absorptiveness.  That's about all. 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on February 18, 2007 03:57:05 PM
I like a good, heavy, thick cotton towel that is flat weave and softens with age.
22"x18" or thereabouts is a nice size.
A twill tape hanger on the inside corner is a nice touch.
Oh yeah, I like them to be inexpensive too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: MotorCityPinup on February 18, 2007 04:12:18 PM
While I love the ones that came with my kit, I think something just a tad bigger and definitely more absorbent would be great.  I have 3 vintage flour-sack towels that, while much abused, get softer, more absorbent, and better with age (uncanny!).  I nearly always have them around for drying my hands while cooking/baking and the Sublime Stiching ones are not quite soft or thirsty enough.  All of that said, something with a *slightly* stiffer weave for initial embroidering would be great.

Colours would be FABULOUS - or even white towels with a different colour edge finish (or/and vice versa). 

I do love the smoothness and crispness of the Sublime tea towels.  It is SOOOO wonderful, especially when all I can find at stores is the wrinkly, fake flour sack type!

I'll do a test-drive anytime you want (perhaps literally, as I do a lot of stitching while hubby and I visit one or the other of our out-of-state families!).



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on February 19, 2007 09:40:25 AM
I would be happy to test any tea towels but if you want I will even send you one of my favorite tea towels.  I got them from Ikea years ago.  They wash like a dream are absorbent, smooth, not bulky and dry dishes without leaving lint behind.  I often wish I could find more of them or I would have bought more of them because they were so cheap at the time (6 for $4 I think).

I buy tea towels all the time thinking they might be the magicaly awesome type but then I wash them and they come out of the dryer all crumpled. 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: knittertoo on February 19, 2007 12:25:02 PM
I actually really like the ones that come in the stitch it kit - for weight and such but I agree that they aren't as absorbant as they could be.  I've stitched some store bought ones that are too flimsy and the pictures end up looking like they've spent time in a fun house.  I have had fairly good success with using restaraunt napkins (found a set of 12 cotton ones @ Home Goods for $10) but they are also a bit thinner than I'd like.  I LOVE having these around the kitchen (to change with the seasons, of course) and an absorbant, tightly woven, soft one would be ideal!

Thanks Jenny, as always!
Angela


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: cupcakeguru on February 21, 2007 12:02:10 PM
I bought the flour sack towels from Joann.  I like them better than the ones in the stitch it kit because they are heavier.  You can use them to dry more than one dish before it is soaked.  (I use mine - I am not spending all that time to embroider them just to watch them sit in the drawer!)  They are a little wrinkly, but can be stretched in a hoop to embroider on.  My major complaint is that the flour sack towels are too big.  I know some people have cut them in half and sewed up one edge, but I don't have a sewing machine. 

So, I think the flour sack towels in the stitch it kit size would be perfect!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: bratygrl1 on February 21, 2007 12:41:36 PM
I agree with some of the other stitchers. I was not thrilled with the Stitch It Kit towels. I never used them because of their lack of absorbency and weight. I love real flour sack towels, but the Aunt Martha's variety are huge! I would like to see a nice medium sized flour sack cloth towel. I'm not too concerned with the wrinkle factor. My towels get used! Oh, and different colors would be groovy too! ;)

Thanks Jenny!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on February 21, 2007 04:43:59 PM
I like the size on flour sack towels because you can embroider the corners and when you wrap a pie or some bread, your stitching shows. They're great for wrapping food.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: LeesaLove on February 22, 2007 08:46:37 AM
I agree the tea toel in the tich it kit is good, but a bit light. I love one htat is a off white color.

Also I like a loop for hanging.
By the way I'd LOVE to be a tester!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on March 01, 2007 07:28:44 AM
Okay then! Let's have a  Tea Towel Tour!

Here are the rules (if we don't have these, the towel will never come back to us):

1. You get the towel.

2. You embroider something, anything, on the towel within 2 days of getting it (or, if you don't have time to embroider it, just give feedback on quality, size, etc.)

3. You mail the towel to the next person on the list (instructions will come with the towel) no later than day 3 after you received the towel.

What we want to ensure is that the towel will complete the tour and come back to us. So! If you want to be a part of the tour, send an email no later than Sunday, March 4th with your mailing address to:

mary (at) sublimestitching.com
subject line: Tea Towel Tour

We'll compile the addresses and include them as a list with the towel so each person will know where to send it to next. We may have to limit participants for time's sake, depending on how many people volunteer.

This should be fun! If for any reason you get the towel and simply don't have time to embroider something on it, that's fine. Just don't break the chain and keep the towel from moving on! Your feedback on it's quality will still be helpful.

The other aspect of this is, I see this as a project where many people contribute creatively to one textile and it ends up as a free-form collaboration. This will be a test run, and if it works, I'll organize another for that purpose (instead of just testing a textile for quality).

How does that sound? Each member of the tour will get a free pack of patterns and we'll send it out on Monday.

Oooh! I'm excited!




Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on March 01, 2007 09:30:31 AM
I sent my address!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: RobertaMac on March 01, 2007 10:28:04 AM
Hope it's not too late to weigh in here.
I have had fabulous luck with Martha Stewart flour sack kitchen towels. (The plain ones.) They don't have the loop, but after a wash, they seem to work just right. The dimensions are 24 inches by 25 inches. There's four to a pack, and on sale I believe I got them for six bucks.
Her vintage line is awesome as well, as far as tea towel go, and they DO have the loop in the corner. (Though a quick note on loops, its easy breezey to sew a loop on the inside corner, and what's better, you can pick the trim!)
But her line of printed towels is great on its own, and some are just begging to be embellished even more!
I bought mine at K Mart, I'm not sure of Sears Essentials carries this line or not.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on March 01, 2007 11:42:09 AM
Quick question: Is the towel you're sending out going to be pre-washed or should the first person who gets it wash it and make a note of shrinkage?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on March 01, 2007 11:51:04 AM
That's a good question. I guess it should get washed, huh?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 01, 2007 01:20:23 PM
My critique of an ideal tea towel would include absorbency and amount of wrinkling after washing.

Would it be off limits to maybe try wiping up some clear water in a clean place and maybe washing it with a load of whites?

I'm in on the tour! (pending approval  ;))

I like to prewash before embroidering anyway.




Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on March 01, 2007 01:57:06 PM
I generally prewash before embroidering too, but I'm not sure with it being passed from person to person every couple of days, it needs to go through being washed by each new person. However, it should be noted how much it changes in size, feel, wrinkling, etc. the first time it's washed.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 01, 2007 05:25:25 PM
I'm totally down with this! I'll send you my address


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on March 01, 2007 05:38:49 PM
Oooh!  I am competely excited!  I hope it is not to late to join in on the fun!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on March 02, 2007 07:31:50 AM
i sent my address! hopefully it will come to georgia!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 02, 2007 12:26:44 PM
My flour sack towels I bought like 4 years ago are the best to absorb liquids. I have read and kinda feel like it's true when people say fabric sheets like bounce make your towels less absorbant.  I have dried towels without them and they have tons of static, don't smell as good and are kind of stiff, but they do absorb better.

I like the tea towels in the kit, they are a bit small, I sent them to my hubbies grandparents for x-mas for display.

I just bought the martha towels from K-mArt so I have to try them.  It was like $7 for 4 white towels.

My flour sack towels from Stein-Mart were difficult to stichon because it was more of a waffle weave, I will post a pic later.

Whew..I hope everyone understood that


Title: Tea Towel tour
Post by: sublimemary on March 02, 2007 12:27:03 PM
Hi!

Thanks to everyone who has written me to participate in the tea towel tour.  I'm so excited to see it after it's been stitched by all of you.  I have 10 participants, now and feel that we must cut it off there.  If you missed this chance, stay tuned for future textile tours.  I'll be sending out the towel on Monday and communicating with everyone involved very soon!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: TravelingAmy on March 02, 2007 01:37:24 PM
I found the best tea towels at Cost Plus World Market.  They are just the right size > 20in x 28in and are a fairly tight weave.  They are a bit expensive but there are always sending coupons in the mail.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Early Bird Special on March 05, 2007 08:51:38 AM
Doh!!  I'm so sorry I missed out on this.  What a clever and fun idea.  I need to check the boards more often.  In the meantime, my fingers are crossed that another textile tour will be started soon.   ;)

Can't wait to see the finished towel! 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: floresita on March 05, 2007 01:26:40 PM
Aww...  How did I miss this?  Well, I am so game for a second tea towel tour - I absolutely love that idea!!!

To chime in on the tea towel discussion - I agree, something a little thicker than the Stitch-It Kit towel (I did love that it wasn't so wrinkly).  I've tried Aunt Martha's towels and they're a wrinkly mess fresh out of the drier. :(  Martha Stewart towels are a bit less wrinkly, but I'm a cheap-o with the price (4 for 7$).


Title: Re: Tea Towel tour
Post by: SublimeStitcher on March 05, 2007 04:13:20 PM
Hi!

Thanks to everyone who has written me to participate in the tea towel tour.  I'm so excited to see it after it's been stitched by all of you.  I have 10 participants, now and feel that we must cut it off there.  If you missed this chance, stay tuned for future textile tours.  I'll be sending out the towel on Monday and communicating with everyone involved very soon!

Hey everybody, introducing....Mary! She works with me and makes my life sooo much easier. She'll be handling the Tea Towel tour. We need to get an avatar for her on here... no?

And earlier, it was asked about using the towel to wipe something up like water...I say, go for it! Wow, my very own field testers!

As for those of you who have missed out on this one, never fear. We'll do another one, and it will be better. Keep checking the forums!



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 13, 2007 08:33:35 AM
Should I start a new topic for the tea towel tour? I took some pics of it   before washing. Or is it better to just continue in this thread?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 13, 2007 11:10:54 AM
I have a flickr photoset for my progress.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamsusie/sets/72157594586499255/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamsusie/sets/72157594586499255/)

Here's a glimpse:

It's just out of the dryer.  This pic exaggerates the wrinkling a bit.  I also tested absorbancy and it wicked up the clean water spill nicely.

Now I'm going to transfer a pattern and get stitching.  My goal is to send along by the end of the week!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on March 13, 2007 11:23:51 AM
yay! i am so excited to try it out! (i'm 5th on the list)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 13, 2007 12:33:06 PM
I am number 4..we shall see...It looks like some of the towel I have used before from stein-mart


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on March 13, 2007 03:19:17 PM
number 10...which means I get to enjoy all of you all's embroidery! yippee!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on March 13, 2007 08:38:08 PM
Last one on the list!  I get to take the final picture before our wonderful tea towel finds its way home!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 14, 2007 07:32:38 AM
I'm number 8-I can't wait to see what everyone does.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 14, 2007 07:37:43 AM
I'm pretty far into the stitching now.  I might have gotten farther last night, but our home lighting is very yellow at night and I couldn't differentiate the red and orange tones of my floss stash.

It's fun to be first, but I won't get to see everyone's work up close  :-\. 

Let me tell you.. I'm trying to be super-duper neat with my stitching on this one!  I can't decide if the thicker weave helps or gets in the way of my preferred stitch length.

Here's the pattern I picked:


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 14, 2007 07:41:07 AM
cute! I can't wait to see it done.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sarahland on March 14, 2007 08:35:57 AM
I'm next on the tour so I better start thinking what design I want to stitch!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 14, 2007 09:39:01 AM
And a progress pic:

I picked a bright color palette, probably becasue it was so lovely and sunny here yesterday.


I've gotta volunteer now at the school library, but I'm making super fast progress!  I think I'll be mailing tomorrow...


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on March 14, 2007 09:49:11 AM
Good job IamSusie!
I'm #3, I can't wait to get it.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on March 14, 2007 02:39:44 PM
Wow! This is so exciting! Thanks for posting such wonderful pic to flickr! Mary told me you all were really into it! Cool. Awesome. We will do another tour after this one, I promise! Thank you so much field-testers! Am I using too many exclamation marks? Oh well!  :P


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 15, 2007 07:20:02 AM
All finished! 

I'm pleased with how neat I was able to keep the back.  I managed to weave in all the ends so there would  be no knots:

And my flickr photoset with comments: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamsusie/sets/72157594586499255/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamsusie/sets/72157594586499255/)
The flickr photoset isn't all that interesting   :-\.. I just wanted to be thorough!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 15, 2007 07:44:07 AM
So cute! I'm so excited!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: RubyPurl on March 15, 2007 09:00:52 AM
This is absolutely adorable.  The material looks very durable yet easy to work with.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ezri_B on March 15, 2007 09:35:05 AM
Beautiful stitching! This is really exciting, I hope I can get in on the next tour.

I love old vintage flour sack towels the best, but you can't find those anywhere.
The new flour sack towels are too big, but not by much. Some are VERY loose threadwise, so the stitching doesn't look right and they don't hold up at all. But the thing I dislike the most is that the edges are finished horribly! They aren't straight or anything.
A loop to hang is nice but not needed. Good absorbency is a must. It must flick well when my husband is being a stinker in the kitchen. This is very important.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 15, 2007 10:25:53 AM
And the tea-towel is sent!  I sent in a flat rate priority envelope, so by early next week, it should arrive at Tea-Towel Tourist #2.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: PimpernelSmith on March 15, 2007 10:37:37 AM
It must flick well when my husband is being a stinker in the kitchen. This is very important.

Seconded!! VERY important!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: underthemountain on March 15, 2007 10:46:21 AM
IamSusie:  Wow, that is some beautiful stitchwork.  I love it!!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sarahland on March 15, 2007 01:18:19 PM
As the next stop on the tour, I now have something to look forward to next week!  ;D  IamSusie you set the bar really high, your stitching looks great and the back is amazingly neat.

 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on March 15, 2007 05:35:15 PM
Man!  I am so excited!  That embroidery looks wonderful.  Great job!  I laughed about flicking it at the hubby!  It is definitely a must.  I am last on the list, so I get the pleasure of seeing the final product first hand!  Can't wait.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 15, 2007 07:21:22 PM
Thanks Ladies! It was fun!



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sarahland on March 19, 2007 03:58:42 PM
Just wanted to let everyone know that the tea towel has reached city #2 on the tour.

Hopefully I should have it out later in the week.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: RubyPurl on March 19, 2007 05:41:58 PM
This is so cool.  I want to get in on the next one!  ;)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 19, 2007 08:35:10 PM
I can't wait to see what you stitch Sarahland!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 20, 2007 10:39:46 PM
Hey guys~
I am going to sticky this thread. Also, I've sent a note. My address is wrong on the sheet so whoever is sending to me (Pam) please pm me so I can send you my correct address. Thanks!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sarahland on March 21, 2007 09:34:54 AM
And here's my contribution!


And a shot of stops 1 & 2.

I took the sushi patterns as my freebie but after much deliberating I decided on the veggies since they are one of my favorite patterns. I just love that happy dancing apple! 

All of my comments are in the package but I have to say the towel was really nice to embroider on, nice even seams and a good thickness.  When you fold the towel between the two embroidered items the other piece doesn't come on through like on thinner fabric. 

I'll be stopping by the post office after work so the next person should get it soon!



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 21, 2007 09:57:54 AM
Sarahland! You are fast  :o

Great job!  The veggies are super cute, aren't they?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 21, 2007 11:55:07 AM
I am number 4..I should have it by next week sometime...Super excited!

I love the veggies too cute!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 21, 2007 02:09:57 PM
I'm number 8!

It turned out so cute!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: RubyPurl on March 21, 2007 03:33:27 PM
Cute!  Your's looks great too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on March 21, 2007 04:03:13 PM
Awww...  The veggies are awesome.  They just all have so much personality.  You embroidery looks wonderful!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on March 22, 2007 08:51:30 AM
those look so cute!! i cant wait to get it... comin up soon (#5)!!yay!! :D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: underthemountain on March 22, 2007 08:59:18 AM
Wow, love those veggies.  Very cute!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on March 22, 2007 09:00:31 AM
Love the Veggies!  You always do such a great job.  

Can not wait to see what everyone else does.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on March 24, 2007 06:44:27 AM
The towel has arrived safely (and beautifully stitched!) in CT. I have most of my embroidery done and will be sending it out by Monday. I have to tell you that this is my dream tea towel, I love everything about it.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/172/431670378_dd92b5d482.jpg


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 24, 2007 06:47:39 AM
woo hoo I am next!!! Can't wait.  I wonder what I shall put on the towel.... :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on March 24, 2007 07:03:02 AM
Can't wait to see what you do!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 24, 2007 07:03:43 AM
So excited! I can't wait to see!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on March 25, 2007 01:58:43 PM
OK, I'm all done.

More pictures at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbcyr/
I decided to do something that wasn't from a pattern so that I could see how easily it would be to trace through the towel. I thought I would need my light box but I didn't, it was very easy to see a drawing done with a thin sharpie. I tried a big chunky chain stitch, french knots and small stem stitches and it stitched like a dream. It stayed nice and tight in the hoop and gave the needle something to bite into. I had to add some rick-rack because, well.... I have a rick-rack addiction and it wasn't even an option. I love the towel and will love it even better if it has a nice price tag.
You will notice that the word from is a darker shade of red. Good lighting is very important kids! I realized this morning that it was the wrong thread and I decided to just leave it rather than hold up the tour by ripping and re-stitching.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on March 25, 2007 03:30:59 PM
Very nice!  Very nice indeed.  Great job with your stiching, and thanks for all of the info too.  I can't wait to get my hands on it!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 25, 2007 04:48:24 PM
Such a cute idea! Great job!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 26, 2007 06:26:29 AM
I love the rick rack on the towel!  I was picturing it with rick-rack on it, so I'm glad you added it. It that a chenille rick rack? It looks so fuzzy.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sarahland on March 26, 2007 07:32:58 AM
Nice stitching!  Great idea to test the tracability (is that a word?). 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 28, 2007 03:29:59 PM
I received the towel today.  I was so excited...The stitching looks great on Craftster but in person it looks fantabulous...The back looks super neat, I am going to have to try really hard to be neat..

The towel is nice and thick. I can't wait to stitch on it.  It is the nicest towel I have seen.  I wonder how much it will be??

 I am going to try and get it done tonight because I have a swap (kittykill) I need to finish the rest of this week and the hubby is working late and I want to make sure to keep to the time constraints.

I took the Craftopia patterns..

This is what the towel looks like now..



I will post more later.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 28, 2007 03:32:11 PM
I feel bad that I had the towel for almost a week before I sent it along  :-[  I did have to do the initial measurements and washing and stuff...


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 28, 2007 03:45:13 PM
don't feel bad, if I waited until the weekend it wouldn't get done until next week.  Life is crazy so if I have a bit of time to do it now then I don't have to worry.  We love you susie, sorry I made you feel badly.. :(


I love stitching on the towel.  The weave is great..I just wish I would have had my new patterns here so I could have used them.  Watch them come tomorrow..

The cupcake comes from Jenny's new book btw

*** too many typos so I fixed them


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: southern5footer on March 28, 2007 03:56:45 PM
This is very very neat! I love everything people are adding!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 28, 2007 04:56:07 PM


blurry in progress pics..The good camera is charging...I will try and get a better one...


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on March 28, 2007 05:23:19 PM
Go towel, go!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on March 28, 2007 06:54:47 PM
Quote
We love you susie, sorry I made you feel badly.. Sad

I was only teasing  :-* It's great to see the towel going around so quickly!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 28, 2007 06:56:23 PM
Ok so I am done.  My hubby loved the idea of this.  he thought everyone did a great joband loved the rocket. 

The towel was great to stitch on, the weave was just right!  I liked how finished the towel was.  I hope it comes in different colors too...

#5 it will be in the post tomorrow..

I made a little home for the towel too! :)





Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 28, 2007 06:58:23 PM
OMG! Joolz! I love you more and more each day!  :D You rock the free world-I love the beads.

Everyone's embroidery looks so super cute-We rock!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: RubyPurl on March 28, 2007 07:11:04 PM
Cute cute cute!!! I love the beads!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on March 28, 2007 07:14:26 PM
Yea! Everything's better with beads. But, darn, that's what I was planning on doing.  :P

Super cute pouch, too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on March 28, 2007 07:17:58 PM
That is adorable, and I love the towel's new home!  I think that my favorite part of your work is the cherry.  It looks so good, and the bead sprinkles are awesome, too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sarahland on March 28, 2007 07:26:35 PM
Joolz that looks amazing! And I love that the towel now has a nice, safe place to call home. ;D  What great fabric.   


Must go find sprinkle cupcakes.....



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on March 28, 2007 07:28:55 PM
Yea! Everything's better with beads. But, darn, that's what I was planning on doing.  :P

Super cute pouch, too!

More beads! More beads!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: southern5footer on March 28, 2007 07:59:22 PM
Wow that looks great and the bag is adorable too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on March 28, 2007 08:30:33 PM
wow... i have been keeping an eye on this thread all day, and didn't see anyone post anything... so i was just going to wait and check it again tomorrow at work..and now there are 2 or 3 extra pages of comments! that is funny!!! haha! i am so excited to get it next! joolz, the cupcake looks amazing! i hope my skillz don't look crappy once they are aside so much good stuff!! yay!! i love the greetings too! i love it all! i have never been a part of anything like this... its sooo cool!! ohh.. i need to figure out what i'm gonna do!!! i'll let everyone know when i get it here in georgia. goodnight!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on March 29, 2007 03:40:49 AM
Awesome!!!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 29, 2007 04:59:25 AM
I am glad everyone likes the new addition to the tea towel.  Gatsbygirl there are tons of other things that need beads too, I have seen your work.

Slight issue I have been up most of the night with a stomch bug so it seems like this may have to be sent tomorrow.. :(


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on March 29, 2007 05:45:03 AM
thats cool. hope your belly feels better!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: doo_leroux on March 29, 2007 12:54:01 PM
I would LOVE to get on the next project. Sublime Sticher, is this towel different from the ones you are currently selling? Did you get it from a supplier or was it custom made for you?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on March 30, 2007 07:56:56 AM
Feeling much better, thank goodness....
Ok it has been sent to GA.  I mailed it this morning so it should be there by Monday. I have a dc# just in case.  I get a bit paranoid with the mail and luggage.

 I am glad so many people liked the cupcake.  I really liked the towel, I am working on a towel for a friend right now and was wishing I had some from Jenny.. :)

p.s. I did receive all of my wonderful patterns yesterday in the mail.  Murphy's Law never fails..


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on March 30, 2007 10:22:45 AM
awesome! i cant wait. i will probably work on it monday night if i get it monday. ( i have mondays off) if not, my work is pretty laid back, so i can work on it here.yay! i already think i know what i'm gonna do too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: doo_leroux on March 31, 2007 08:19:32 AM
I started a new thread for this swap/stitchalong. I kept it in this group as I imagine we are going to use Sublime's patterns. If not, we can start a thread in the stitch-along group. Thanks!



here is the link
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161145.0


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on April 02, 2007 10:51:51 AM
i got the towel today! i must say its a lot larger than i thought. but i am really not good with measurements. as soon as i opened the package i got it out and already started my piece. i will take pics once i am done, and will do my little observation. as far as i can tell at this point, its really nice to work on. i like how the thickness is, and i like the absorbency. i really like the little hook in the back. a towel like this would look nice hanging from a nail in the kitchen just for  cuteness as well as a dish towel. so i will finish, and post pics and send it on!!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on April 02, 2007 07:14:26 PM
alrighty, here is the finished product! i really liked the towel. i liked the thickness and the length. i decided on the guitar, which i thought was cute. i liked the way that the thread flowed through the weave. it was very nice. i cant send it out tomorrow, but maybe tomorrow night, so it will it be out wednesday and get to the next lucky one on thursday or friday!!! i was so excited to get it and start on it, so now its already done. i still cant decide on what pack of iron-ons i want yet. so i will decide on that tonight! ok. i hope everyone likes what the see!!!
this is what it looked like when i got it out of the package. ( i love the little bag, joolz!)


i decided on the guitar...


and this is it...




Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on April 02, 2007 07:19:56 PM
Everyone is being so orderly. I was expecting random placement and angles. Fun to see a wide shot of it so far.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on April 02, 2007 07:48:24 PM
It's looking great!  I was thinking it would look more crowded, but there is plenty of room for 10 embroiderers.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on April 02, 2007 07:52:32 PM
Very cute, and I love the guitar.  It is getting closer and closer, and everyone's embroidery looks so good.  Awesome yet again!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on April 02, 2007 08:10:54 PM
thanks everyone! i love to be organized, and a little symmetrical. it was so much fun! i hope the other tea towel swap works out! i cant wait to do more!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: RubyPurl on April 02, 2007 08:50:09 PM
Love it! It's adorable.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on April 02, 2007 09:12:12 PM
looks great!!  I love the guitar.  I like how we all picked different things, it's a super looking towel!I am glad you like the bag, that fabric is so much fun!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on April 03, 2007 07:11:55 AM
I'm next!  I can't wait to get it.  I hope my work will be up to snuff.  I think I'm going to do something from the camp out pack since i live in the sticks in Idaho.  I love how the towel looks.  It's really cool!

Rita


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: underthemountain on April 03, 2007 07:16:15 AM
Man, this towel is looking better and better.  Great job!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on April 04, 2007 04:32:03 PM
I sent off the tea towel!!!
i just did it about an hour ago, so it will go out tomorrow. sorry it took so long, i tried to make it where i could send it out this morning, but that never worked, so i had to wait until i got off of work.
i cant wait to see what everyone else puts on it!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on April 04, 2007 08:24:15 PM
Hooray!  You are awesome fenifer!  Our little towel is getting to travel to lots of fun places.  Can't wait to see what happens next!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on April 08, 2007 04:03:45 PM
Thought I'd let you all know that the towel arrived in Idaho yesterday.  I've begun to stitch my design on it.  There are some really talented stitchers on this board.  I'm feeling like a real newb at embroidery.

When I get a little further, I'll post a pic. 

The towel is really nice.  I'd love to have some of these and some napkins to match.

BTW, I really dig the rick-rack on the bottom.  I'd love to find some like that.  It's awesome!

Rita


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: sublimemary on April 08, 2007 06:31:58 PM
WOW!

Though I must confess I don't get to check these boards as often as I would like, every time I do I am so impressed and excited by what I'm seeing!  Ya'll are so awesome and it is so cool that we get to see pictures and get little updates along the way.  Just wanted to jump in and sing your praises real quick, it's really looking great.  And what's even better than that is the inspiration of seeing everyone connect in this way. Thanks all, I look forward to seeing what else is in store
xoxo 
mary




Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on April 09, 2007 09:23:15 PM
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for...

The towel is on it's way to lucky stitcher #7.  I sent it out this afternoon.  I can't believe I finished my stitching in less than one day.  I started it yesterday afternoon and finished up before I went to bed.  Granted, that was at midnight.   :o





This was so exciting and totally fun!

Rita


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on April 09, 2007 10:16:58 PM
Oh, I love the BBQ one!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on April 10, 2007 06:00:47 AM
I have got to get those camping transfers.  Terrific work!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on April 10, 2007 06:51:42 AM
how precious!! the towel is lookin awesome!!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on April 10, 2007 07:27:18 AM
Oh! So super cute!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: doo_leroux on April 10, 2007 07:50:23 AM
Joolz - How did you get that raised effect on your cherry? Did you just satin stitch over and over again?

Also, how many threads are you guys using?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: southern5footer on April 10, 2007 07:50:53 AM
Oh it is soooo cute! I love seeing how it has grown and changed.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ezri_B on April 10, 2007 09:30:34 AM
oh, I love the camping one. I just got that in the mail, now I want to do it right away! Great towel so far!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on April 10, 2007 09:49:31 AM
Love the campfire.  I got my set on Saturday and I started a set of towels for my parents camper.

I am #7  I am so excited.  I can not wait to get it in the mail. 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on April 10, 2007 09:52:51 AM
Joolz - How did you get that raised effect on your cherry? Did you just satin stitch over and over again?

Also, how many threads are you guys using?

I just did satin stictch, I think in a couple of places I may have gone over it more than once to make it look right.  Oh and I think I used 3 or 4 threads through most of it.

I love the campfire pattern, rita it looks great.  Your stitching looks so clean and neat!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on April 10, 2007 09:58:18 AM
Joolz, your satin stitch is really nice.  I'm inspired to try that one again.  I haven't ever gotten it to look that good.

I used 4 strands.  I took a longer piece with 2 strands, then doubled it going through the loop left on the underside so I didn't have to knot it. 

Thanks for the compliments!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on April 10, 2007 12:27:42 PM
I used 2 strands on the rocket, but I did mine in chain stitch, so it ends up looking more like 4.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on April 10, 2007 06:39:49 PM
Oooh!  I love the campfire one!  I am number twelve I think, so it is getting closer and closer to me, and then I send it home!  You have all done such a great job, I really hope I don't mess it all up.  It really has been alot of fun watching it grow and evolve over the last few weeks!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on April 10, 2007 07:55:08 PM
I'm number 8-not much longer! I can't wait! Everyone is doing such an awesome job.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on April 11, 2007 02:59:10 AM
I used 4 strands for the state and 3 for the letters. I feel like such a rebel not using a Sublime Stitching pattern  :-[
I love the new additions, great job girls!


Title: New tea towel up on the site
Post by: sublimemary on April 11, 2007 07:23:54 AM
Hi everyone! 

I want you to know first that we are going to start selling tea towels, just like the one on-tour, on the site today!  We are still really, really interested in your feedback and this doesn't mean that our quest for the perfect tea towel will end.  It was time for us to re-stock and this towel seems better than what we had before.  Your initial feedback seems positive overall, but keep giving it to us.  When our travelling towel makes its way home to Sublime Stitching Headquarters we will look at the comments and feedback and consider it fully! 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on April 11, 2007 09:17:07 PM
I recieved the towel in the mail today. I will get started on it tomorrow.  Everyone has done such a great job.  They look even better in person. 

ilovepaper - Where did you get that rickrack I love it?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on April 12, 2007 03:07:49 AM
The only place I ever find that chenille rick-rack is in the clearance bin at JoAnn Fabrics or WalMart. I have no idea why it would end up in a bin with all those other unloved notions and trims  ??? Go figure.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on April 12, 2007 07:41:04 AM
Beetastic, I asked the same question about the chenille rick rack.  I'm in love with it, and I'm sure there is none to be found in my area.  I checked out ebay.  There is some packaged rick rack on there and some larger spools.  I want it all!!!  It's so much prettier in real life!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on April 12, 2007 03:51:34 PM
I will have to start checking out the clearance bin.  Thanks ilovepaper.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on April 12, 2007 03:57:23 PM
Did you all see the flickr embroidery blog today?  Our tour was the post for today: http://flickrembroidery.blogspot.com/2007/04/sublime-stitching-tea-towel-tour.html (http://flickrembroidery.blogspot.com/2007/04/sublime-stitching-tea-towel-tour.html)

We also got on the Craftzine blog: http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archive/2007/04/the_perfect_tea_towel.html (http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archive/2007/04/the_perfect_tea_towel.html)
but they didn't show our embroidery.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on April 12, 2007 04:42:53 PM
oh wow! thats so cool! i didnt know we were acknowledge anywhere but on here! oh! i am so happy!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on April 12, 2007 05:04:53 PM
Very cool!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on April 15, 2007 05:14:19 PM
I have finished my part of the towel.  I will be shipping it out tomorrow to kittykill. 

Here are the pictures


Full towel


I really liked the thickness of the towel and brightness of the white.  I thought it absorbed very well.   I can not wait to see what other people do.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on April 15, 2007 05:29:37 PM
That is so awesome! I love it!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: cupcakeguru on April 15, 2007 05:32:28 PM
I love that elephant.  The colors you chose are great.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on April 15, 2007 05:51:26 PM
Very cute!  I am very excited about the way it is turning out!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on April 15, 2007 06:01:24 PM
it's looking great!!  I can't wait to see when it's done!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on April 16, 2007 09:38:32 AM
Looking good ladies!

Beetastic I think that is the first time I've seen that pattern embroidered -I really like your color choices -very rich which seems fitting.

Looks like it is ready to move to the other half!  Can't wait to see more :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on April 16, 2007 10:37:09 AM
oh that looks awesome! everything looks so good together!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on April 20, 2007 08:06:38 AM
I received from beetastic a few days ago. I'm just putting the finishing touches on my piece. Everything is so amazing!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on April 20, 2007 04:55:09 PM
I'm sure yours will look great kittykill, they always do!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on April 21, 2007 08:07:58 AM
Sorry the pictures are kinda crappy. I took them at work.


the whole towel


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on April 21, 2007 10:36:39 AM
Kittykill!  That is so cute!  I love it.  You did such an awesome job.  I can't wait to see everything up close.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on April 21, 2007 10:38:37 AM
Kittykill- She looks great! 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on April 21, 2007 10:41:55 AM
Aw..thanks! I'll be shipping out Monday.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on April 21, 2007 11:37:30 AM
that looks soooo cute!!!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on April 21, 2007 11:44:33 AM
You did a great job!  I love the skirt. 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on April 21, 2007 02:27:56 PM
Oooh, ok, I'm next to receive. Yea!

Unfortunately, I leave Thursday for Coachella. If I get it before I go I can take it for my four-days-in-the-desert project. If not, there may be a small lag in time since I won't be able to do anything until I get back the following Monday.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on April 21, 2007 03:31:03 PM
super cute.  She loks great.  I want to go make her now


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sarahland on April 22, 2007 06:19:37 PM
She looks great.  I love the beads on the skirt and the purse.  I love the way it all looks on the towel.



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on April 24, 2007 08:33:17 PM
Yeah! I shipped out the towel today. You should be getting it in a few days.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on April 24, 2007 08:35:19 PM
Hoor-rah, Hooray, Hoor-rah!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on April 24, 2007 08:36:58 PM
OK, looks like I won't get it before I leave town Thursday morning. So, don't expect any action until next week. More time to plot ... .


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: RubyPurl on May 03, 2007 08:52:18 PM
The towel is looking fantastic!  Everyone is so talented.  GatsbyGirl, how the heck was Coachella?  ;D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on May 03, 2007 11:24:46 PM
Coachella was great from what I hear.  :D My husband went for work and I just went along to hang out in the desert for four days. The pool at the house we were staying at was fabulous.

Back to the towel ... sorry for the delay. I'll finish it off this weekend and it will be back in the mail on Monday.

I'm working with rayon and metallic thread. It's stitching like a dream. I love how soft and absorbent it is. It feels like that a nice broken in towel even though it's brand new. The weave is perfect too. Not too tight. Definitely not too loose.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on May 07, 2007 02:28:36 PM
The towel is now making its way to Stitcher #10 -- Ginamonster.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on May 07, 2007 10:23:15 PM
That is great.  Did you take a picture of what you did?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on May 07, 2007 10:37:56 PM
Unfortunately, no. I was feeling bad for having it in my possession for so long and then my husband walked off with the digital camera again (a common occurance). In the name of expediency, I figured it was better to get it out the door. I hope someone will take a shot somewhere down the line that will show all its birdie glory.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on May 07, 2007 10:39:53 PM
Well I hope they do take a picture.  I would love to see it.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on May 08, 2007 03:30:19 PM
is that a hint? hee hee hee.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: GatsbyGirl on May 08, 2007 03:43:23 PM
is that a hint? hee hee hee.

Maybe ...  ;)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on May 08, 2007 04:59:02 PM
Of course it is. 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on May 08, 2007 05:47:18 PM
I'm excited to see how it looks!  I am last on the list and number twelve.  It is getting closer and closer now!  Can't wait to see what you do Ginamonster.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on May 09, 2007 08:41:06 AM
what is the last number for the tea towel quest???  I can't wait to see it.  I need to buy some towels...but alas I am broke  ???


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on May 15, 2007 08:35:41 PM
Hey Ginamonster!
Do you still have the towel? You are turning into one embroidering machine!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on May 15, 2007 10:52:51 PM
I still have it. I keep getting distracted, but I am about half done. I just need to find a couple of minutes to DO it, you know? trying to hurry though, I promise!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on May 15, 2007 10:58:58 PM
It's not like you have other tea towels to do ;) :D. I can't wait to see it.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: bratygrl1 on May 16, 2007 08:11:02 AM
I'm # 11 on the list! That's ok ginamonster, I have finals this week, so I'm pretty wrapped up in studying. So don't worry about it taking so long. (But after my last final today, I'll be ready to get stitchin' again!)



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on May 19, 2007 10:12:32 AM
Picture!  Picture!  I wanna see a picture!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on May 22, 2007 11:50:38 AM
Me too  ;D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on May 22, 2007 02:40:26 PM
I finished last night and packed it up before I took a picture! Dangit!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on May 22, 2007 04:12:59 PM
I can't wait to see what it looks like now.  I bet that it is awesome Ginamonster.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on May 22, 2007 04:15:32 PM
It's pretty darn sweet.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on May 23, 2007 09:15:05 AM
hmm ginamonster you are evil keeping us in suspense no wonder joolz made you that devilish bear!

bratygrl1 it is up to you now ;)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on May 23, 2007 10:25:25 AM
I know we still have not gotten to see what GatsbyGirl did on hers either.  Hopefully soon we will get to see it.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on May 23, 2007 02:06:59 PM
it's in my car to be sent on my way home today.

edit later...SENT!! ;D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: bratygrl1 on May 25, 2007 12:50:09 PM
Received the towel in the mail today! I'm so excited - strange to see it on the internet all these months and now having it in m hands. I will take it home tonight and get right to work on it. I hope  my stitches look as good as the others - the pressure!

I will try to take a picture of it before and after my working on it.

-Peanut


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on May 25, 2007 12:58:31 PM
bratygrl1 - I can not wait to see what you do.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on May 26, 2007 07:51:34 AM
I bet that you do a fantastic job.  Very excited to receive it.  I think that I'm next and last on the list.  Is that right?  What a great time this has been.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on May 26, 2007 08:03:15 AM
I can't wait to see it. You've been waiting so long rozekitten.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on May 27, 2007 01:17:39 PM
True, but it's worth it.  I get to see it before it goes home.  I kinda feel pretty lucky about it.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on May 31, 2007 07:17:26 AM
Hello?  Can we have a picture?  I'm dying here! :'(


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on May 31, 2007 08:03:42 AM
Please... I'm beginning to feel like the towel has been taken prisoner...and we will need several dish cloths to ransom it :D 

After listening to all those crime shows while embroidering though I know that a good agent requires proof of life before they send the dish cloths.  ;D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: bratygrl1 on June 05, 2007 10:29:58 AM
Sorry guys, I had a death in my family last week and I have been a bit busy with things other than the towel. But on the bright side, I will be finished with my contribution today and will send it off. Sorry for the delay! I just didn't feel like stitching.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on June 05, 2007 11:03:15 AM
not to worry - hope you are doing okay.

... as far as the towel goes the suspense is continuing to build and it will be totally exciting to see all the progress when it gets back to Jenny!  I am now a embroidery tour junkie!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: bratygrl1 on June 05, 2007 02:04:23 PM
Ok, it's in the mail off to #12 in Ft. Worth, TX. Have fun with it Carrie!

Joanna


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on June 05, 2007 07:19:32 PM
Oooh!  All this time and it makes its way over here.  I am so excited.  Don't you worry everybody, I've got my camera warming up as I write.  I promise to take some pics when I get it, and before I send off back to Jenny.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on June 05, 2007 07:33:24 PM
Sorry about your lost. I hope you are doing okay.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on June 12, 2007 07:18:49 AM
Rozekitten, should I send batteries for your camera?  Did they die from waiting by the mailbox?

I'm dying here! ;D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on June 12, 2007 05:06:26 PM
Hello ladies!  Let's all come down now, the moment has come.  I just got it in the mail yesterday.  Ready to see the towel up to now?  I haven't done my part yet, but I will do it tommorrow.  I will post a final picture before it makes it's way home as well.

Without further ado:



If anyone would like to get up close and personal with one of the images let me know, I took pics of all of them.

So far, I am just amazed with the look, feel, and weave of the towel. 

Jenny or Mary, are these the towels that you are currently selling on the website?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: WIPs on June 12, 2007 05:07:50 PM
Wow, just amazing! The fruit are really cute!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: radwriter on June 12, 2007 08:06:54 PM
Quote from: rozekitten link=topic=152961.msg1820642#msg1820642
Jenny or Mary, are these the towels that you are currently selling on the website?
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From what I understand, yes. When some friends of mine and I took a class from Jenny here in Austin back at the end of April, she mentioned the "Ideal Tea Towel" project (this one!) and said that they did end up just going ahead and stocking these towels when the previous stash ran out. I think at that point there had already been raves from the beginning of this towel-try-out project.

At least that's what I understood. Jenny/Mary, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: radwriter on June 12, 2007 08:08:17 PM
Eeeks, I totally jacked up that quote/post. Sorry about that!   :-\


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on June 12, 2007 09:46:13 PM
rozekitten - Thanks for the pictures.  I can now sleep with ease.  No more dreams of the towel being held hostage by seam rippers threatening to undo all the stitching one stitch at a time.  AAHH!  The idea still scares me. 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on June 12, 2007 10:19:44 PM
Thanks so much...  sorry for being so impatient!  It looks so cool I wish it was mine.  Can't wait to see what you do with it.  Looks like 12 was the perfect number.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on June 13, 2007 08:30:32 AM
Too cool!  Thanks so much for posting the picture. 

I can't wait to see what you do and if you have close ups post away I would love to get a better look at the cowgirl, cat and bird! 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sarahland on June 13, 2007 09:08:54 AM
Really nice work to those of you who added their part since the last photo.  It looks great!

I'm really impressed at how everything is spaced out so well.  No crowding but no big blank spots either.  12 must be the perfect number!



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on June 14, 2007 08:37:47 AM
the towel looks sooooo good!! cant wait to see what you put on it!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on June 14, 2007 03:33:29 PM
Yay!  It looks great!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on June 15, 2007 03:14:55 PM

So far, I am just amazed with the look, feel, and weave of the towel. 

Jenny or Mary, are these the towels that you are currently selling on the website?

Wow!! Me too! I had to check in on the progress and was so excited to see the latest photos. How cool is this?

And yes- we have these towels in stock now (http://www.sublimestitching.com/blanks.html). You stitchers rule.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on June 20, 2007 04:12:24 PM
Thank you Jenny! 

I will post up close pictures of the requests with the FINAL finished towel tommorrow!

Hooray!  And then it will be on it's way back home to Austin.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: doo_leroux on June 23, 2007 06:54:42 PM
The towel is lookin good ladies!!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: bratygrl1 on June 29, 2007 02:11:37 PM
so, where's the final result? i'm anxious to see it!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on June 30, 2007 08:42:10 PM
Oh no!  I totally forgot to post pics!  Sorry everybody.  I'll do it first thing tommorrow.  *My blondeness is showing through on the computer.* 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: bratygrl1 on July 09, 2007 11:45:19 AM
So where is it?  ???


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: sublimemary on July 11, 2007 11:15:17 AM
Hi!  Mary here!  We are dying to see this tea towel in person!  Any word on when to expect it in Austin?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rozekitten on July 13, 2007 08:04:44 PM
Hello everybody!  I am so, so sorry.  I have been so busy starting a new job for the last few weeks.  I thought that I would get a chance to post and send it before now, but anyways here it is.

Here the up close shots that were requested.





Here is my part:



AND the FINISHED TOWEL:



It is all packaged and really going away in the mail tommorrow!  Sorry again about the wait.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on July 13, 2007 08:48:33 PM
Wow!  Is it really finished?  It looks fantastic! 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on July 14, 2007 07:19:13 AM
WOW! It looks so great. Awesome job everybody! Is the finished project going on the website?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: brigetta00 on July 14, 2007 04:48:03 PM
Thanks for posting a pic.  It looks so cool.  Wish it was mine!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on July 14, 2007 06:10:31 PM
it looks so good!!! i am so happy we all got to do this!! way to go everyone!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on July 16, 2007 04:49:48 AM
Hooray, it's done! Great job everyone  ;D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: sublimemary on July 18, 2007 03:16:51 PM
It looks great!  We are so excited to get this back in our little office.  And yes, we will definitely be showing it off.  Stay tuned and we'll let you know where.  Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

(P.S. Hope you are enjoying the new job rozekitten)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: cedarwaxwing on July 18, 2007 03:25:21 PM
Kudos to all the ladies/gents who worked on the towel. It looks rad. I love the variety. ;D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: danielschicago on July 30, 2007 02:19:21 PM
Hi there!  I have no clue if you are the right person to ask, but I recently purchased a sewing machine that does embroidery.  The woman at JoAnn Fabrics made it look so easy.  I want to make tea towels, burp cloths, embroider my husbands shirts, etc, etc.  HOWEVER I am terrified of the machine and am looking for someone in Chicago to do an in-home demo/lesson.  I have a one year old and a two year old with whom I stay home, so the in-store class is kind of not an option right now...Know anything about these machines or someone who does?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on July 30, 2007 02:54:01 PM
Hi there!  I have no clue if you are the right person to ask, but I recently purchased a sewing machine that does embroidery.  The woman at JoAnn Fabrics made it look so easy.  I want to make tea towels, burp cloths, embroider my husbands shirts, etc, etc.  HOWEVER I am terrified of the machine and am looking for someone in Chicago to do an in-home demo/lesson.  I have a one year old and a two year old with whom I stay home, so the in-store class is kind of not an option right now...Know anything about these machines or someone who does?
The embroidery we are showing here on this tea towel is all done by hand.  I'm sure you can google the manufacturer of your new embroidery machine and get more information about how to use it.  I think with that sort of thing, you need to use stabilizer and a hoop.  Get some cheap muslin or an old shirt and give it a try.

Good luck!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on September 19, 2007 07:47:11 AM
Hey everyone,

I have been waiting for over a week to post this, but we have not been able to contact RozeKitten or get the towel from her. I don't want to jump to any conclusions but, she's told us twice that it was shipped (once saying it was sent back to her, and that she'd shipped it again- and we've not received it) and now she's no longer logging in to craftster.

Like I said, I don't want to assume the worst. But we're really disappointed that we don't have the towel so we can feel good about this tour and start a new one.

Does anyone know RozeKitten or have a way of contacting her?



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on September 19, 2007 07:58:40 AM
Quote
Like I said, I don't want to assume the worst. But we're really disappointed that we don't have the towel so we can feel good about this tour and start a new one.

This makes me really mad.  >:( Keeping this towel after so many people worked on it is just terrible.  She said that she just movedstarted a new job, so maybe it got lost in the transition, but she should be communicating with us...

Be sure to put the next tour in people's Craftster Profiles and require DC#s for tracking.

I'd hoped to get to see it the Sublime Stitching booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last weekend. Mary didn't say it had gone missing...


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on September 19, 2007 08:19:52 AM
Well that sucks with a side of suck. Does anyone know her? It's very frustrating to see so many people have a part of something awesome and this happens.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: underthemountain on September 19, 2007 08:39:25 AM
hi!  I'm not in this swap, but I have been looking at all the beautiful stitching.  I was a partner of Rozekitten in the mushroom swap.  I have no way of contacting her (don't even have her address anymore), but I did find someone here on Craftster that is a personal friend of hers so I have written to her and asked that Rozekitten get in touch with all of you in the swap. I hope it works.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ezri_B on September 19, 2007 08:40:41 AM
oh, that's terrible! I have been waiting with bated breath for the next round to start. Everyone's creativity and hard work just gone, is so sad.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on September 19, 2007 08:43:09 AM
hi!  I'm not in this swap, but I have been looking at all the beautiful stitching.  I was a partner of Rozekitten in the mushroom swap.  I have no way of contacting her (don't even have her address anymore), but I did find someone here on Craftster that is a personal friend of hers so I have written to her and asked that Rozekitten get in touch with all of you in the swap. I hope it works.


Thank you so much for helping out. I have faith that the towel will get back to Jenny.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on September 19, 2007 08:45:48 AM
Well, let's not call for her head just yet. I mean, this isn't looking good but we don't want to scare her off either. We want her to know that we'd still be really happy to get the towel.

eta: there were posts made while I was typing this. thanks for trying to get in touch with her! fingers crossed!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: radwriter on September 19, 2007 08:50:33 AM
Well, let's not call for her head just yet. I mean, this isn't looking good but we don't want to scare her off either. We want her to know that we'd still be really happy to get the towel.
Yep - that's what I was going to say. It's frustrating, but I'd rather give her the benefit of the doubt. We have no idea what's going on in her world. I'm optimistic that it will all be resolved, and the towel will get back to Austin soon. Good luck!

:)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on September 19, 2007 12:53:06 PM
It is true that there are lots of legit reasons that people go missing.  Let's hope everything is all right with her family and the time just got away from her.  That has certainly happened to me at times.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: underthemountain on September 19, 2007 05:58:25 PM
Hi, I just heard back from Rozekitten's friend and she said that she would let Rozekitten know that everyone is concerned about the whereabouts of the towel.  She is going to ask her to contact someone or to post a message here.
Fingers crossed it will all be sorted out soon!!  :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: floresita on September 20, 2007 09:12:51 AM
Awww.... sheesh.  I hope you guys find the towel!  And I totally volunteer for the next tour! 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: radwriter on September 20, 2007 09:43:36 AM
And I totally volunteer for the next tour! 

Awww yeah - ditto that. :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: southern5footer on September 20, 2007 10:05:51 AM
And I totally volunteer for the next tour! 

Awww yeah - ditto that. :)

:) Me too


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on September 20, 2007 06:20:10 PM
Holy cow! I didn't know the towel had gone missing!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Sew Its For You on September 21, 2007 07:49:17 AM
so sad.  I hope it turns up... :-[  I would work on another one...


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on September 21, 2007 05:33:00 PM
Me too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: *Owly* on September 24, 2007 03:50:21 PM
And I totally volunteer for the next tour! 

Awww yeah - ditto that. :)

:) Me too

 :D Count me in too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: MtyAphrdti on September 26, 2007 02:39:38 PM
My perfect tea-towel is a bit like the old fashioned cloth diapers.  Soft, durable, and easy to stitch.  I figure if I go for all the work of dressing a towel up, I want to be able to use it and use it and use it.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SublimeStitcher on September 28, 2007 09:19:56 AM
After discussing this with our board admin KittyKill and Leah, and letting more than ample time pass, we have determined that RozeKitten is not going to show up with the towel. At the least, it is expected that a participant will not fall out of communication in this way once agreeing to participation. If she's lurking and reading these, then I want her to know she can pm me any time. But, we're calling this one lost to undetermined circumstances. *le sigh*

At the very least we hope the communication and return of a Towel On Tour (let's call it a "TOT", shall we?) won't ever go like this again. I, Leah, KittyKill, Mary and Jessica here in the office with me and all the stitchers who put their time and efforts on this project are muy, muy bummed. This being the very first tour makes it an extra bummer with boo-hoos on top. I am personally very, very disappointed. Yep. We need to move on to heal. So, let's start a new tea towel tour! We'll call it:

TEA TOWEL TOUR *Take 2*

But now we hafta have RULES:

1. The tour will begin and end with an established, trusted participant from previous tours.

2. An approximate finish / arrival date will be determined and agreed on.

3. All participants are expected to keep the towel moving on to the next stitcher. Take care of our TOT! If you can't finish your part, no harm! No shame in that. But keep the towel moving. Flood, famine and disaster not withstanding. Otherwise, don't break the chain, dude. Get the TOT home safe and sound.

4. Flake outs, 'making off' with the towel, saying 'it's been shipped' when it hasn't, and stopping communication for longer than two weeks and halting the tour gets you kicked off the tour, excluded from future tours (and our forum here on Craftster). Too harsh? Maybe, mmmaybe not. We'll decide on a case-by-case basis.


We have not, however, kicked RozeKitten off these boards.

Let this be a lesson to you all! (wagging finger and trying to look mean). Now, on with the next tour! Stay tuned for details...


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ezri_B on September 28, 2007 09:36:53 AM
Looks fair to me. How do we sign up?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on September 28, 2007 10:08:58 AM
I think it is so fair and not to harsh we all worked so hard on it and now it has gone missing.  I can not wait to see how the second round goes.  How do you sign up?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on September 28, 2007 02:44:32 PM
We are doing a Tea Towel Tour swap right now and we put a time limit on the participants.  One week from receiving and you are expected to ship.  This may be kind of fast, but experienced embroiderers seem to be able to keep up.  So far this round of the swap is going well!  We'll know when everyone gets their own completed towel back.

Quote
The tour will begin and end with an established, trusted participant from previous tours.
Beginning and ending for sure, but maybe in the middle too... :-\



Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on September 28, 2007 03:10:55 PM
I am really really hoping that you will consider an international TOT.  I know at least 2 other crazy Canadians who would love to participate.  I promise I will take good care of the TOT and since I only have to send it once I would be more than willing to send it courier ;)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on September 28, 2007 03:13:49 PM
I personally vouch for rectangel's dedication, talent, and commitment.  ;)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Beetastic on September 28, 2007 03:33:26 PM
I will vouch for her too. 


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on September 28, 2007 07:47:02 PM
Me too!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Early Bird Special on September 29, 2007 12:42:47 PM
I just wanted to let you know that I'm interested in participating in the 2nd round as well!  ;) 

I was bummed I didn't get in on the first round, so I'm hoping to be a part of this round! 

xoxo,
Amy


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: ilovepaper on September 30, 2007 05:36:46 PM
I have more of that fuzzy chenille rick rack that I put on missing towel 1..... it's just waiting for TOT  ;D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SlickMariaVic on September 30, 2007 05:48:46 PM
I started a thread to build interest in a third tea-towel swap, but have had no takers  :'(. Here is the link if anyone is interested.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=198080.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=198080.0)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Early Bird Special on September 30, 2007 06:05:58 PM
Yeah, I'm not interested in a swap...I'm interested in doing something like the first tour, where it is supposed to be returned to SS headquarters for safe keeping and eternal adoration.   ;)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ginamonster on September 30, 2007 06:35:24 PM
SlickMariaVic, I think a lot of the hard-core towel swappers are engrossed in the current swap. There was question, too about starting one so close to the holidays since many of us want to craft for friends and family. I don't want to speak for anyone else, but you may get more interest in say, January? I know I can't think of joining another crafty swap until then, the exception being the TOT, you know, because I worked on the last one and I want to be involved with this one too.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on September 30, 2007 07:10:00 PM
After this, I have to go on a tea towel break (embroidery detox?) until January... :-\


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: fenifer on September 30, 2007 07:14:54 PM
yeah, i feel the same way. i would like to be on the next TOT, but i have to make stuff for the family, and work will be hell. i hate working retail with christmas... erg! but i would be interested after the holidays. :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SlickMariaVic on September 30, 2007 07:59:49 PM
Meh...its understandable the Tea towel tour is cetainly time consuming. Maybe I can bring the topic back up in a few months and see how people feel then.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: southern5footer on September 30, 2007 10:09:38 PM
I vote  for as soon as the holiday madness is over. :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: doo_leroux on October 01, 2007 06:04:52 AM
Slickmarivik......I'd be in for another after the holidays too! I have SO MUCH STUFF TO DO!!! 

I'd be in for the TOT though as I'd only have to embroider once rather than 5 or more times.

I see its only an american thing as I see rectangel was pleading for us Canucks!!! 

If you do let it come up here. I'd love to add a certain something!!!!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on October 01, 2007 06:27:01 AM
I also personally vouch for doo_leroux's talent and commitment!  :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: doo_leroux on October 01, 2007 06:31:53 AM
haha...thanks IAMSUSIE!!!   :P


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: rectangel on October 01, 2007 09:13:22 AM
Thanks ladies  :-[   It's like having craftster references!  Participating or observing I can't wait :)


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on October 01, 2007 10:33:35 AM
Hey everybody~
I'm so glad that everyone is super excited about the tea towel swaps and such but let's keep it on track with the current thread. Thanks!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on October 01, 2007 10:37:22 AM
Honestly, I keep getting my tea towel threads mixed up.  ::)  Sorry!


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on October 01, 2007 11:01:52 AM
Honestly, I keep getting my tea towel threads mixed up.  ::)  Sorry!

LOL! It's okay. We are tea towel crazy! :D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: IamSusie on October 01, 2007 11:57:22 AM
Honestly, I keep getting my tea towel threads mixed up.  ::)  Sorry!

LOL! It's okay. We are tea towel crazy! :D
In the current Tea Towel Swap round 2, my whole group seems to be doing aprons instead of tea towels.   :D


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: SlickMariaVic on October 01, 2007 02:31:40 PM
I'd actually perfer an apron myself :P

BACK ON TOPIC

I don't know if this has been brought up, or if others in past swaps have done this...but do fabric stores sell fabric that is similar to tea towel material? I actually purchased a vintage tablecloth from a garage sale for a quarter that is a nice flour sackish type material. It has a few small stains and I was thinking of using it as fabric for tea towels and pillowcases.


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: Ezri_B on October 04, 2007 09:05:55 AM
Did anyone find out how to  join this next tour?


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: kittykill on October 04, 2007 09:12:03 AM
I think we are working out all the details. "sign up's" haven't started yet


Title: Re: Your Ideal Tea-Towel?
Post by: UnsceneObserver on January 23, 2008 07:51:45 PM
When I worked at a fabric store that catered to machine embroiderers, Dunroven House (http://www.dunrovenhouse.com/) was one of the brands we carried that everyone seemed to like. I don't know how well they would work for hand embroidery, but they are pretty nice weight, come in a lot of different solid colors and aren't TOO terribly expensive. (I think we sold them for about $4 retail)

The other brand we sold was Indo-US Sales (http://www.indous.com/Homepage.aspx), but I think they're mostly plaid.