After my Grandmother passed away, a number of pieces of her furniture came to my house to be distributed to my kids. One of those pieces is an antique sewing cabinet, and inside were a few treasures. A pin cushion I remember my Grandmother making and using, a couple of flour sack towels, and two packages of iron-on embroidery transfers.
I remember both of my Grandmothers having hand stitched day of the week towels in their kitchens, although very different in style. One Grandma more tradtional, the other modern. I have never tried iron-on transfers and was more than a little nervous, but decided to be a big girl and just do it.
There is more of a learning curve here than I realized. The first transfer was very light, the second one darker, but blurry, and on one of them I forgot to cut out a description so it transfered as well. But now that I have all of that behind me, I feel like the next time will be perfect and I understand the appeal of technique.
Once I started the actual stitching, I was completely hooked and started dreaming about stitching stacks of towels for my kitchen, and the kid's kitchens. And while I love the traditional look of the birds, my next sets will be a little more in keeping with the style of my house.
I ordered a set of vintage rooster iron-ons,
and some with a Mexican theme. I will stitch them to match my Fiestaware.
Do you know that you can purchase books of iron-on transfers?
These will be at my house soon. Obsession sparked. Now I need to find a good source for made in the USA towels.