Vintage Dish Towels
Do you ever get obsessed with an era and feel like you should have been born during that time period? My favorite time in history is the 1940s-1950s when my grandparents were raising their children. I even used inspiration from that era for a couple of my design projects when I was in school. What I love the most about that time is the vintage dish tea towels with embroidery on them. My favorite…”Monday is wash day”
Days of The Week
A lot of dish towels are made from large flour sacks that are large enough to surround a pan to dry. Since dish towels were supposed to be changed everyday, a lot of women embroidered their specific chores they were supposed to do that day. For example, Monday was wash day; Tuesday was ironing; Wednesday was sewing, Thursday was shopping; Friday was cleaning; Saturday was baking, and Sunday was a day of rest. How many of you follow this pattern in your own home? I find it quite funny…
I’ve got a few dish towels from one of my grandmothers with the days of the week embroidered on them. I love them so much that I’m hesitant to use them because I don’t want anything to happen. I know that’s sad and not the point. There’s a company called Aunt Martha’s that has iron-on transfer patterns if you would like to make your own days-of-the-week dishtowels. You can find the website here. One of my projects for this year is to design my own patterns for embroidered dish towels.
You can see my previous post about channeling my 1950s inner housewife here.