This lovely tea towel was created by Sally Red. Sally, many thanks for the lovely project!
A daffodil sets the stage for a lovely afternoon tea featuring free standing applique, cutwork and wing needle stitching. This beautiful
tea towel is fun and actually quite easy to do in just a couple of hours.
In this project, Sally used letter D out of the Lafayette Cutwork Font
and one of the flowers out of the Daffodils Applique Set
Starch and iron the towel until it is very crisp to the touch. Next draw a
curved design across the bottom end of the towel and mimic the same
line about four inches above this line using a water soluble marking pen.
Cut off the bottom towel edge using the lower line as a guide.
Apply bias binding to the cut edge using your preferred method. Thread
the sewing machine with matching cotton thread in top and bobbin.
Place a wing needle in the machine and select an heirloom stitch on
your machine. The one used here is a flower stitch where the needle backs up and repeats stitches poking a hole in the fabric.
Starching the towel will give the best results, as well as using a piece
of lightweight tear away stabilizer under the towel. Just stitch along the
marked upper line all the way across the towel. Put the towel aside for now and set the machine for embroidery.
Select an applique design from the Daffodils Applique set
and hoop a
piece of water soluble mesh stabilizer. Place one 5X5 inch square of
yellow fabric under the hoop, right side down. Place the other on top of
the hoop, right side up. (I like to also place a square of cut away
stabilizer underneath the top fabric, as well.) Stitch out the design as
directed, trimming away the top fabric and extra layer of stabilizer, and
the bottom fabric being careful not to cut hooped stabilizer. When the
design has finished stitching, remove from the hoop trim away as much of the stabilizer as possible.
Remove the excess with water. A bingo dauber is a great tool to run
along the edge to remove the excess…just refill it with water! Press the
free standing applique flower flat and set aside.
Now mark the center of the towel about six inches from the bottom
edge and hoop with a piece of tear away stabilizer
Choose a monogram, such as the lovely cutwork one here, or consider
the new Daffodil font set
, Precious Moments
, or Cherry Punch fonts
using the Lafayette Cutwork Font
pictured in this project, there is an
excellent tutorial "How to Create Machine Embroidery Cutwork"
Remove the towel from the hoop, and remove all traces of the
stabilizer. Iron the towel flat. Center the free standing applique flower along the bottom towel edge and whipstitch in place.
The project is finished and ready to make even an everyday event such
as having tea a very special occasion!