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« on: July 06, 2006 05:51:43 AM »

My years ago my Grandma gave me a linen tea towel.  It has a calendar from 1960 printed on it -- it's totally kitsch.  It's a great towel.  I use it all the time for drying dishes, cleaning windows, and so on.  It gets washed and dried about once a week.  I can't believe it's 46 years old!!

I'd like to make some similar tea towels, but I can't find any linen like the linen in that towel.  Everything in the fabric stores is thinner and for clothing.  I want to find some fabric that I can sew into towels myself and then embellish with embroidery, but I can't find anything locally.

Do you have any suggestions as to where I might find something like this on-line?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2006 09:17:00 AM »

Might try ebay. Nowadays there's a special subcategory for "toweling" I think -- under Collectibles/Fabic & Textiles, I think?

Anyway...maybe 6-8 years or so ago on ebay, I was always finding some sort of really good bargain on on plain (uncolored unprinted) vintage linen or cotton toweling.  When I went & checked just now using an All Categories search for the phrase vintage toweling, quite a bit of it had some sort of print or at least a colored stripe & seems unusually expensive (but well  doesn't evvverything seem so these days, lol).
Then again, often with ebay then as well as now, one may have to search several times a month for a while to find exactly what one wants. 

Btw, if you see any huck or cotton damask or floursack or just plain cotton toweling (not terrycloth type), might want to try that.  It's often a good bit less expensive than true linen, but can be just as longlasting. For example, I have a whole slew of face/hand size damask towels left over from the days of my grandmamas and nearly all are still perfect after boocoo decades of use/washing/bleaching/etc (& I myself am old enough to have been retired a few years so just-that-alone is quite a few decades... lol)
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2006 05:50:59 AM »

Thanks for the advice -- I'll check out ebay.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2006 06:39:53 AM »

I buy the fabric - usually linen or linen/cotton calendars and use them - I've found quite a few at thrift shops and specialty shops toward the end of the next year. I usually can't believe how many people get rid of them rather than using them.

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